The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literature , in the first new English translation in more than ninety years When. by Knut Hamsun, translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Lyngstad (Penguin; $13). Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 18 by Knut Hamsun. Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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Just so, there is something unbridgeable between human characters, islands of incommunicable meaning that they are in this much vaster-than-human continuum that ever lies in the background of Hamsun’s explicit narrative. One October day, the Lensmand and a man showed up at their doorstep to investigate and find evidence pertaining to the crime.

The other two are optional and vary depending on the book: View all 12 comments. He ran home for a shovel to bury woil body properly. Today riches and honours have been lavished on me, but one gift has been lacking, the most important one of all, the only one that matters, the gift of youth.

Trowth is often portrayed as very simple. It is the life story of a man in the wilds, the genesis and gradual development of a homestead, the unit of humanity, in the unfilled, uncleared tracts that still remain in the Norwegian Highlands. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Was it because, long ago when I was much younger, I too lived by myself in a wild country for a yearwith my pig, chickens and dogs as daily companions?

It started off greatly.

He shows the land as being the true home and heart of a family, as the characters rely upon the land and live off the fruits of their blood and sweat. As a general rule, people don’t sympathize with fascists – but one can try to understand why sol feel what they do.


It created an international sensation upon first publication and led to the author’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Born to a poor peasant family in central Norway, he worked as a schoolmaster, sheriff’s assistant, laborer, store clerk, farmhand, and streetcar conductor in both Scandinavia and America before establishing himself as a successful playwright and novelist.

Like in Tolstoy, POV able to growtj thoughts of so many characters thanks to steadiness.

Growth of the Soil

Maybe he has been in jail and wants to go into hiding, or perhaps he is a philosopher looking for peace; in any case, here he comes, a human being in the midst of this immense solitude.

He began creating earthen sheds in which he housed several goats obtained from the village growtu.

Loved the steady tone, how the tense switches within paragraphs present tense for scenes, otherwise simple or continual past. Still, something “had spoken hamsjn them from beyond” in this moment. Wells “The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun. In the first case the guilty woman spends six years in a prison where she learns how to sew and the hare-lip with which she was born is corrected by surgery. If you want to take a trip to your roots and revert back to nature, which Hamsun would argue is the way it should be, this is a perfect novel for you.

Growth Of The Soil

He was a great friend of Isak and helped him sell his land, release Inger from prison, and give advice on selling the mine. It was agreed upon that Sivert was to inherit the big fortune which his uncle was to leave behind. Geissler, the enigmatic manic-depressive who turns up from time to time, is the books most memorable bamsun.

But as I read I became increasingly uneasy with the way the omniscient narrator lines up all things male and agrarian with virtue and wisdom, while female and town are equated with vanity, shallowness and corruption. Trivia About Growth of the Soil. In the telling are involved a joint act of remembrance, but also of discovery, of pushi An effort to uncover and tell anew, with the technical means provided by the modern novel, the primal story that underlies all our partial stories.


Highly recommended for anyone wanting to join a back-to-the-land movement.

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Unfortunately, as other reviewers here have also pointed out, Inger’s unique perspective, her personal relationship to the Thou or natural background, is left rather underexplored, possibly due to Hamsun’s own greater sympathy for Isak’s worldview. One day, Axel was going out to the forest to fell some trees when he sees Brede going up the hill, most likely on an errand to fix something relating to the telegraph line. Expected proto-Nazi narrative propaganda.

It groeth neither idealistic nor monstrous, just shaped by the conditions under which people lived, worked and mingled with each other. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte. Isak goes i A ten star book and a true masterpiece. Ah, except the one at the back cover.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Society has contempt for the unmarried woman who is pregnant. Inger is the wife of Isak described as being “a big, hamsunn girl, full built and coarse, with good, heavy hands, and rough hide brogues on her feet as if she had been a Lapp Letters from a Stoic Seneca. The above sentence is from early on in the novel and is easily my favorite, though it is with the allegoric 3.

Heaven knows that there are plenty of opportunities in later life, too, for being carried away. No preliminaries, no teasers, or encomium.