A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything In the sixteenth century Antinous Bellori a boy of eleven is lost in a dark forest and stumbles upon two glowing beings one carrying a spear the other a flaming torch This event is decisive in Be

  • Title: A Time for Everything
  • Author: Karl Ove Knausgård James Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780980033083
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the sixteenth century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of eleven, is lost in a dark forest and stumbles upon two glowing beings, one carrying a spear, the other a flaming torch This event is decisive in Bellori s life, and he thereafter devotes himself to the pursuit and study of angels, the intermediaries of the divine Beginning in the Garden of Eden and soaring throughIn the sixteenth century, Antinous Bellori, a boy of eleven, is lost in a dark forest and stumbles upon two glowing beings, one carrying a spear, the other a flaming torch This event is decisive in Bellori s life, and he thereafter devotes himself to the pursuit and study of angels, the intermediaries of the divine Beginning in the Garden of Eden and soaring through to the present, A Time for Everything reimagines pivotal encounters between humans and angels the glow of the cherubim watching over Eden the profound love between Cain and Abel despite their differences Lot s shame in Sodom Noah s isolation before the flood Ezekiel tied to his bed, prophesying ferociously the death of Christ and the emergence of sensual, mischievous cherubs in the seventeenth century Alighting upon these dramatic scenes from the Bible and beyond Knausgaard s imagination takes flight the result is a dazzling display of storytelling at its majestic, spellbinding best Incorporating and challenging tradition, legend, and the Apocrypha, these penetrating glimpses hazard chilling questions can the nature of the divine undergo change, and can the immortal perish

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    1. "This is an extraordinary tale, and the angels' role in it is not easy to grasp. Traditionally, angels are the link between the divine and the human, at once messengers and the message itself The angels are action and meaning in one."-- A Time for Everything, Karl Ove Knausgård“Concourse of Angels”, by J. Kirk RichardsIt really is impossible for me to say how many different ways I loved this novel. It wasn't perfect, certainly. It was messy, and uneven in parts, but it was also strange, str [...]

    2. Knausgaard's second book offers everything I fall for in a novel: authority, execution, audacity, oomph, heft. Other than a 75-page stretch midway where I worried this might have trouble maintaining the standard of excellence it had established, for ~425 nonconsecutive pages I was rapt, riveted, engaged, associating parts (the flood story, in general, is rising drama par excellence -- read 35 pages past bedtime one night to finish the section as the water rose) -- and I even ultimately gave the [...]

    3. A God Who LearnsAngels are dangerous creatures according to Thomas Aquinas. There is no mention of them in the creation stories of Genesis, he says, because their existence could become a distraction. The intense brightness of their pure knowledge can blind mortal beings to the divine. Knausgaard is aware of this danger and hints at the risk he's taking at the beginning of A Time for Everything when he says, "darkness isn't the danger, light is. That is where all the pitfalls are to be found."Ne [...]

    4. Having now read most of Knausgård's novels, I think the thing they most obviously have in common is that you have no idea what they're about until you're close to the end. This one is par for the course, and I enjoyed working it out for myself. So if you're similarly inclined, all I'm going to say is that, at least as far as I was concerned, it's an excellent piece of work and there is a definite point. Read it and then see if you agree with me.If, on the other hand, you're the kind of person w [...]

    5. A strange, wonderful, provocative book, the most original novel I’ve read, with richly detailed in-the moment narrative interspersed with flights of analysis and rumination, similar to the later My Struggle series. Knausgaard has called this his personal favorite of all he's written, and I can see why. This was his second novel, the first to be translated from Norwegian into English. Antinous Bellori, an eleven-year-old boy from a mountain village of 16th century Italy, becomes fascinated by a [...]

    6. Wonderful narrative self-assuredness in this book, which, like some sort of gigantic airplane, takes a while to actually get off the ground but is practically unshakable once you're aloft. Knausgard's subtlety surprised me again and again: he keeps his thematic and structural innovations so hidden behind (or integrated into) his story that we barely even notice them. Paraphrased, this sounds annoyingly retrograde, but it's incredibly absorbing. The centerpiece, which centers around Noah and his [...]

    7. Χρόνος είναι εις πάντα, και καιρός παντί πράγματι υπό τον ουρανόν.It's been 20 days since I finished this book. And I've been thinking of it every single day. In a few occasions, it kept me awake at night, thinking. I can't pinpoint exactly why (my psychoanalyst would stare at me with a raised eyebrow here), but this book has affected me emotionally and intellectually. It has even got me to read the Bible piece from which the title is generat [...]

    8. I'll have Knausgård any day of the week, please. Wow. WOW! Questa è un'ulteriore prova che Knausgård è molto più che quell'autore norvegese che ha scritto una biografia pretenziosa in 6 volumi. Immaginate alcune delle più famose vicende bibliche trasportate in un'ambientazione da Norvegia primordiale, metteteci delle atmosfere faulkneriane, aggiungete un tocco di realismo magico à la Márquez e un linguaggio forbito e rigoroso. Io sono ancora in estasi. A Time for Everything potrebbe defi [...]

    9. msarki.tumblr/post/1449514There seems to be nothing easy about Karl Ove Knausgård, which is a good thing I suppose. His writing is quite sophisticated in its simplicity. He almost tricks you into reading on even when the body does not want to. He can tell a good story, and often digresses to a degree that is confounding to say the least. In his most recent books (in my case their being the first two volumes of My Struggle, particularly A Man in Love) he flat out wears me out with his hundred pa [...]

    10. I agree with many of the previous reviewers in thinking that this is truly an odd book. It's boring and completely compelling at the same time. You wonder what the point is in filling in improbable details around the biblical stories of Cain and Abel, Noah, etc. but you keep reading because he is a very good story teller. And strangest of all to me is where the author himself is coming from. The narrator appears to actually believe in the absolute truth of every word in the bible about angels an [...]

    11. Epic. Soaring. Ambitious. Canonical. Triumphant. This novel has reset the bar for what constitutes literature for me. Incredible narration of a fascinating story about the oldest book in the Western world deftly and confidently told with profound insight and every now and again a tiny flip-flap wing of humor. Addicts of the author's My Struggle series will enjoy the touches of overlap as well as the knowledge that book two is what was happening in the author's personal life as he wrote this nove [...]

    12. Wow, that was one of the most satisfying reading experiences of my life. Knausgaard is getting great acclaim and attention for My Struggle, and while I fully enjoyed the first two volumes of that, this one blows those out of the water, for me. I mean, as one who grew up religious and now couldn't be further from that, I never thought a book so centered on Biblical stories, on the nature of the divine and humanity, novelizing stories that are told in mere paragraphs in the Bible This just didn't [...]

    13. The narrative backbone of this odd and gripping book is the story of a renaissance scholar whose childhood encounter with a pair of angels leads him to a lifelong vocation of studying and meditating upon the nature of angels. Most of the book is taken up with re-tellings of the Biblical stories of Cain and Abel and Noah.Many people have noted Karl Ove Knausgaard's way of writing in what seems to be a flat, circumstantial style, filling pages with the most mundane details, while all the time crea [...]

    14. 26. A Time for Everything by Karl Ove Knausgaardpublished: 2004format: Archipelago Books Paperbackacquired: from amazon in 2014read: May 16 - June 17rating: ??I can't possibly review this fairly as I ran into a worst reading slump early in the book. Seems unfair to blame Knausgaard, even if his book played a role and even if I feel better now reading the next book (Ovid's Amores).ough, not entirely better. I will say that I'm not a fan of prolonged satirical but entirely true to the text biblica [...]

    15. We were made into the likeness of God. Our ways and nature had been much investigated by thinkers and storytellers since the old days. Yet no one fully understood God, the divine. There were just too much assumptions and uncertainties involved in the contemplation. One of the ways the nature of the divine can be explored was through a study of an intermediate being, someone between man and God. The angels – less than God, more than men – could hold the key to an understanding of the nature o [...]

    16. A very ambitious novel - not all the parts are completely successful nor is it entirely coherent as a whole, but a stimulating attempt to do something very different to the usual novel. The key framing device is a treatise on angels written by a (fictional) 16th Century Italian, Antonius Bellori. Aged 11 he encounters two of them, and what he experiences is so different from what he would have expected, that he dedicates the rest of the life to studying angels. His treatise involves a fundamenta [...]

    17. When I finished the first section of the book I was oscillating between 3 or 4 stars. After finishing the Coda I was oscillating between 4 or 5 stars. It just brought everything into context of the book being a piece of fiction. Prior to the Coda I was looking for the narrator of "My Struggle 2:A Man in Love" to appear and doubting the actual narrator. Perhaps, I may have been better served if I read this prior to My Struggle.After reading the Coda my mind was set free and I was able to truly ap [...]

    18. Special book - stretches of major boredom when Knausgard dips too deeply into analysis, but the thesis of the work is great. Essentially, a fictional argument that the depictions of angels in art are based on reality, and therefore a suggestion that god/the divine are mutable. There are 3 special sections that earned it a 5 star rating: A retelling of Cain and Abel that gives East of Eden a run for its money, a 50 page coda, and most of all the story of Noah, who is re-imagined as a moody albino [...]

    19. As I often do with Knausgård I felt myself swept away by the beauty and wisdom of the narrative. Most of the book is gorgeous. The opening scenes with Bellori, the garden, Cain and Abel, and especially Noah and his family were some of the most thought provoking explorations of the biblical narrative I've read. Knausgård is a writer's writer and is sentences are rich and his descriptions without peer. There is wisdom here. And serious theology. Questions and puzzles I will be pondering for awhi [...]

    20. Litt usikker på om 3/4 stjerner. Liker enkelte brokker veldig veldig godt, men sammensettingen og helheten ikke like godt. Når boka er så ambisiøs som den er, blir det for meg påfallende hver gang et resonnement eller en psykologisering faller igjennom. Det forbauser meg også hvor stor variasjon det er i språkføringen hans - at han går fra lekende lett og samtidig interessant til jålete og klundrete, uten at det nødvendigvis er grunngitt eller nødvendig ut ifra det han skriver om. De [...]

    21. It must be said first that I came to this book cold. Unlike most other reviewers, I had not read other Knausgaard books. I picked it up because I like challenges and I’m always interested in “midrash,” i.e people expanding, imagining their way deeply into ancient myths and stories, particularly Biblical ones. Given all that, this turned out to be a very tough book for me to finish, but I did.Knausgaard clearly has an incredible love of detail and a rich imagination. In fact, the amount of [...]

    22. Na het lezen van de volledige "Mijn Strijd"-reeks, las ik nu dus deze tweede roman van Knausgard. Het bijzondere verhaal over de fictieve geleerde Antinous Bellori die in de tweede helft van de zestiende eeuw als kind getuige was van een verschijning van twee engelen Gefascineerd door die verschijning wijdt Bellori zijn leven aan het bestuderen van de engelen en schrijft hij een - alweer fictief - tractaat "Over de aard van de Engelen". Best grappig allemaal en met veel fantasie en verve geschre [...]

    23. Several distinct stories come together, not always in ways that are clear, within the covers of the work described by Ingrid Rowland in the New York Review of Books as "strange, uneven, and marvelous" which is best taken with no value judgement implied in any of those words. The fictional Italian boy Antinous Bellori begins and ends the novel proper as subject of an anonymous narrative describing his happening upon two angels in the woods -- they were fishing with a spear in a river -- and his s [...]

    24. This review originally appeared on nathanielpopkinFor my birthday in August, my wife Rona bought me two books by the Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard. She was particularly interested in the recent book My Struggle, translted by Don Bartlett, put out in English by Archipelago Books, and reviewed in both the New York Times and The New Yorker, but she also bought the 2004 A Time For Everything, translated to the English by James Anderson. (Despite the publicity and the author's fame in Europe [...]

    25. Half fictionalized re-imagining of certain events that occur in the Old Testament, half theological treatise on the nature of the divine and specifically angels, and half story of the "protagonist" (if there is one) Antonius Bellori's quest to find angels on Earth and a discussion of the occurrences surrounding his life's work, this book is nothing short of amazing.It took me awhile to finish this book because it's been a long time since I've read anything somewhat challenging. But calling the w [...]

    26. Lyrical, moving, chillingfuriating. I came across my Dad’s notes as I was reading and think they give a good picture of the maddening, enthralling nature of this book:“Knausgaard’s strange way of writing forces attention. Only now and again are the actual things he writes about interesting, like the descriptions of the nephilim – his strength is rather in what might follow. In other words his writing is dull but one feels that it is leading to something important is led on. Unfortunately [...]

    27. After having read the first two parts of the "My struggle" autobiography, this second novel by Knausgard was a bit disappointing for me.I think I could best describe it as "up and down": the two stories about Kain and Abel and Noah are brilliant and clearly show the remarkable talent Knausgard has for telling a story and gripping the attention of the reader. But when Knausgard starts his theological/philosophical treatise about the nature of angels, he lost my attention very quickly. I noticed i [...]

    28. Det her er den Knausgårdboka som både viser frem hans ekstremt gode fortellingsevne, og samtidig knuser myten om at han bare kan skrive (godt) om seg selv. Seksjonene der han lever seg inn i kjente bibelhistorier, samt også de fleste seksjonene hvor han skriver om fiktive Antinous Belloris liv, er noe av det mest ambisiøse (og samtidig innfriende for det aller meste) av moderne norsk litteratur jeg har lest. Samtidig trekkes bokas helhet noe ned av en merkelig og unødvendig siste del, og av [...]

    29. Some extremely interesting contemplations, topics, questions and mysteries. I especially liked how I could not quite set apart real and fictitious historical events, because the author depicted them with great skill. The first 200+ pages I read on a single Sunday and was completely rivetedd then came the story of Noah's family history Later on, when the plot turned back to Bellori again, I found large bits of it suddenly superfluous and redundant. So my feelings about it remain mixed.

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