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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This is not one of those tomes that require my defense. View hamsu 7 comments. The work on the mine continues but there was news that the yield of ore was not as good as promised.

The Growth of the Soil, by Knut Hamsun

I am a Hamsun fan, though; Hasun am not turned off at all! What I didn’t enjoy was the overt polemicizing, not out of any general dislike for such things but the fact of my many disagreements. On the third of September, Axel could not find Barbro anywhere. I grew up in this kind of place, too, and seen the tough self-reliance that these people value.

The young woman is kunt only going to bring a child into the world, which may seem bad enough, but she is also to be treated as a criminal because of it. That winter, Barbro went to the village to visit the dentist. Like in Tolstoy, POV able to access thoughts of so many characters thanks to steadiness. However, his later identification with fascist Germany may also find an explanation in the worship of the Nordic, the fear of foreign influences, the focus on protecting national identity rather than accepting a range of new perspectives.

About Growth of the Soil The story of an elemental existence in rural Norway.


Growth of the Soil

This novel was however issued in field editions to German soldiers during WWII, which is understandable as the novel exudes a deep love for ones homeland. The following day, Geissler returned to Sellanraa.

No trivia or quizzes yet. View all 24 comments. After the birth of her two boys: Growth of the Soil portrays the protagonist Isak and growthh family as awed by modernity, yet at times, they come into conflict with it. Mar 16, Elena Holmgren rated it it was amazing. But can any man imagine what it means to a woman to have a child?

Luckily for him, the cost was mild thanks to Lensmand Geissler’s generosity. Pride and Prejudice Anne Rees Jones. 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. Looking for beautiful books?

It follows the story of a man who settles and lives in rural Norway. He represents the intellectual of the family.

The relative dearth of description here left a void in my reading, wanting to know, as I did, just how she stands in this primal encounter with the pressure of the world, and what kind of dent she leaves behind through her daily activity.

Everything is fine until the arrival of the third child, a girl. I will state what H. Read it Forward Read it first. People soon realized that something had happened to her pregnancy and the body of the child was discovered buried in the forest. Along comes just that, one Inger, a young but hardworking girl plagued by a harelip. Consider Woolf’s The Waves: One day while Isak had left the farm to sell a bull in the village, Inger gave birth to a child and had killed it upon seeing that it had a harelip and would undergo the inevitable suffering in life she herself had experienced.


These rootless individuals who distrusted organized society were a reflection of Hamsun himself. He masterfully manipulates time, as it passes in spurts sometimes burning quickly through chunks of years or slowly moving through a season, yet the pace and flow never falters as Hamsun seems to evenly disperse his timeline. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy. To illustrate the importance of work, the book’s cast of characters includes a variety of personalities illustrating how those who don’t work will most likely not succeed.

There is a progressive tendency in modern thought towards exploring lived knowledge, as opposed to theoretical, abstract knowledge, and Hamsun’s narrative technique lends itself really well to revealing one angle of this much larger epistemic momentum. A book of profound and epic scope, it is a story of a lonely man who with his own hands builds a house, a family and mnut a whole township in the bleak north of Norway Fru Heyerdahl had then gotten Barbro to come work for her.

It is wholly beautiful; it is saturated with wisdom and humor and tenderness. First and most or come the reader’s circumstances, his history, his beliefs, his lack of time or his state of mind at any one point of the reading experience. 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.

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