Spring ($36, Alfred A. Knopf Canada) is a letter to author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s newborn daughter, explaining to his youngest child what the world is about, as well as sharing the story about what happened during her mother’s pregnancy and the time after she was born.
Spring was a really different read and one I thought I wouldn’t continue, but found I couldn’t really put it down as I wanted to know what happened and to read more about Ove Knausgaard’s life and the life of his family.
Spring was like reading the author’s journal, where he wrote not just about what happened during the day and his reactions to it, but also where he took an idea or an event and started writing about it.
In an Instagram post, I suggested the author was rambling, albeit intelligently. I feel rambling was the wrong choice of word. He wasn’t rambling, but thinking and processing on paper and we got to read the workings of this man’s mind, which was fascinating.
Spring was a really interesting read and follows Winter (and is part of a four-book The Seasons series), which offers three letters to his unborn daughter plus a number of short pieces about whatever Ove Knausgaard is thinking about. While I had Winter, I read Spring first. After finishing Spring, I immediately started Winter. I read the three letters, which I enjoyed, but realized I didn’t have the energy for the short stories in between.
A copy of Spring and Winter were provided by Penguin Random House for an honest review. The opinions are my own.