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Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 23, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Quotes from Growth of the Soil. View all 7 comments. I venture to say that it was sheer luck that this young woman sitting here in the dock, that her child accidentally was born in that creek and drowned.

Books by Knut Hamsun. 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.

What is her baking like? It is no surprise the Nobel committee honored him with the Nobel Prize for Literature in shortly after this novel achieved great success. But the odd thing is that she has to be alone at each birth and always ensures that Isak is not there.

With the exception of the above quote, such an analysis of “Growth of the Soil” would only prove to be an exercise in confirmation bias. Wasn’t sure whether to shelve this as “classics newly read” or “classics read anew.

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Loved the setting, the various character types, the morality, the petty power ploys, the longing for more than life in the woods, the vision of the devil with shivering pines nearby, the mines, Inger’s randiness, the fallen tree, the big stone toward the end, the infanticides and the overall overarching transcendent theme about hqmbre eternal life through cultivation of self, society, and soil.

Hamsun’s story of the progressive wresting of life by one family from the unrelenting land through their efforts to cultivate a patch of Norwegian wilderness provides the specific context for exploring this timeless, universal theme.


To express something of what this relationship consists of stretches the limits of representation to the max.

Want to Read saving…. Hamsun pursued his literary program, debuting in with the psychological novel Hunger.

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Not everyone has the physical strength and soul consuming interest in building and growing and shiny tools to take the path Isak did and become rich in the process. One hundred and ninety-five years later, it has staying power.

Enlace corto a esta nota: Still, if the farming life — even in theory the favorite of would-be “gentleman farmers” — is your piece of pie, you’ll enjoy this meal of good, simple folk speaking their good, simple way.

My husband’s grandmother described for us the experience of going back to a farm they, too, had lovingly cultivated some five decades ago, and the shock she experienced in seeing the place overgrown with weeds. And then it was evening, and I need to go to sleep.

It sounded like a familiar myth, someth At the beginning I enjoyed the ambitious, epic scope of the book and the compelling narrative.

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I found myself more and more skeptical of his romantic glorification of a life without doctors, dentists or indoor plumbing–let alone books or art. I never felt bored, but I don’t see t 3. The author later became a fascist reactionary – highly critical of this modern lifestyle. The hamsjn soup of literature.

Jan 09, Karen rated it it was ok. Growth of the Soilwritten 27 years after his other classic and debut novel, and one of my personal favorite books of all-time, Hunger displays Hamsun at a much more matured writing style.

In this nambre approach to characterization lies, IMO, a big part of the genius of this narrative: May 24, Maha rated it it was amazing. Whenever he presented me with a book, it had a ceremonious feel, as though he were laying a sword on my shoulder kunt me into an ancient brotherhood.

I would recommend anyone with an interest in the autho ‘Then comes the evening. See 2 questions about Growth of the Soil…. What happens next over the ensuing 30 years is the entire novel. No trivia or quizzes yet. Putting aside all the ugly Nazi business, Hamsun has a brilliant mind and voice and it would be a shame for his novels to be hamsu over.


It doesn’t transcend Pan: In the telling are involved a joint act of remembrance, but also of discovery, of pushing the heretofore established limits of representation in order to explore and articulate anew what the truly essential meanings and events of our existence really are, buried though they might be beneath the sediment of habit and forgetfulness, really hambee.

He was also reported to be one of the few people to ever talk down to Hitler, causing Hitler to dismiss him and bury himself away in rage for several days when Hamsun insisted upon releasing Norwegian prisoners of war who were sentenced to death by firing squad. It is wholly beautiful; it is saturated with wisdom and humor and tenderness. No preliminaries, no teasers, or encomium. Perhaps even more particular is his continued support of Nazism even after the end of WW2, when the elderly Hamsun wrote a eulogy for Hitler singing of his tremendous efforts to renew a “proper” society.

Its perspectives, beyond a call for an ancient harmony between man and nature, of rural values, are surprisingly biting in some of the topics that still haunted the early 20th century: A marriage made in plain heaven.

I am a Hamsun fan, though; I am not turned off at all! There are many themes, many characters, and endless wonderful things and some not so wonderful the issue of infanticide as a symptom of the encroachment of “civilization” runs strong throughoutbut the main idea is that for all the modern world’s conveniences, you can’t beat nature and our tie to it as a thing of fecundity and abundance even when it isn’t cooperating.

Recommended for those who want a good look at the farmer’s life.