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Shelves: nobel-prize-winners , hamsun , norway Summer is the time for dreaming, and then you have to stop. But some people go on dreaming all their lives, and cannot change. Hamsun has always favored the eccentrics. Those set apart from society by their volatile nature, the mysterious strangers whose behavior and whims set an entire village upside down, and those who become a force of nature all themselves. Told in a pleasant, bleary-eyed conversational pace and tone, it is as if it were a late-night tale from the protagonist himself over a bottle of his brandy.

All the joys of a Hamsun novel come together in this tiny piece. The novellas anti-hero is classic Hamsun, reminding the reader of the booze-soaked eccentricities that characterized Nagel in Mysteries , as well as the flirtatious woodman in Pan.

As the turning of seasons is reflected in the actions of the characters, be it their passions or the ways they are reliant on nature to make their living such as the fishermen and farmers having their destinies forever linked to the land, we find man either succumbing to the whims of nature, or becoming a force of nature themselves.

Despite his failed attempts at infidelity and his standoffish nature to push her away, she refuses to leave him , and the awkwardness and impotence in chasing the younger girls in their season of romance sets him apart, pains him, and puts him to drinking and scheming.

Rolandsen is not one pushed by natural order and to blow the winds of fate himself and seeks his own place in the world. When Rolandsen got home, he climbed up on to the roof and gave the role a blow with his own hands. The cock reeled backwards, and looked as if it were crowing.

That was how it should look. It was very apt that the cock should crow. The telegraph is a motif in his oeuvre, being used most prominently in this novella as well as in Growth of the Soil to represent the growth of technology that binds us all together, creating a worldwide community as opposed to isolated communities that is made possible by the telegraphs ability to transmit news and other information across distances.

While Rolandsen is the symbol of change, the curate serves as a symbol of the tradition. Hamsun enjoys playing with morality and probing the underlying currents of our actions.

He instead hires humble Enoch, however, Enoch quiet humbleness may turn out to be a front to disguise his sinful nature. Traditional morality is questioned, obstinate religious judgment is shown as an impoverished and fallible outlook on humanity, as Hamsun offers an existential viewpoint on morality as subjective.

It is the dreamers who brought this new era, the scientists like Rolandsen and his experiments and the innovators, and gives man the upper hand towards nature. It calls into question all sorts of moral issues, much like in the modern day where scientific advancements are still a battleground for moral debate, and Hamsun examines this effortlessly, the reader hardly noticing the serious weight of moral quandaries as they glide across this comical story.

Hamsun shows man as being one with nature, yet being able to rise above it. This novella is certainly not without its faults. The poetic beauty that Hamsun so easily pours into many of his novels is absent here and the tone and prose is very simple and rarely dips away from the story to allow some abstract train of though to stretch out and grow.

However, for those who enjoy Hamsun, this quick little book is wholly satisfying and makes for a wonderful weekend read. It is a quick dip into the mind of a great novelist, and while the story is a bit inconsequential, he manages to tackle heavy subject matters with great ease and deliver it all in an upbeat and charming manner.

It reads much like his short stories, yet he manages to encompass the actions of all the townsfolk, weaving in many amusing side-stories that are engaging, yet cause it to feel a bit like a bloated short story.

Hamsun pokes fun at us all, we all appear fools in his eyes, but it is nice to laugh at oneself. Hamsun has a gift for making the eccentrics seem so loveable, despite focusing more of their deficiencies and letting their good traits permeate through the peripheries. While this is a minor work, it was fun and I always enjoy a trip back into the word of Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun.

Recommended for those already seduced by his quirky ways, and, as always, for those unfamiliar with the man I urge you to make your acquaintance with the mercurial narrator of Hunger. It drove creation to its utmost limits, it wafted its spice-laden breath even into the nostrils of the innocent.


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Darg Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. It reads much like his short stories, yet he manages to encompass the actions of all the townsfolk, weaving in many amusing side-stories that are engaging, yet cause it to feel a bit like a bloated short story. Would you like us to take another look at this review? In fact, half-baked schemes and hilarity abound. To ask other readers questions about Dreamersplease sign up. There was a problem adding your email address. Growth of the Soil.



At nine Knut was separated from his family and lived with his uncle Hans Olsen, who needed help with the post office he ran. Olsen used to beat and starve his nephew, and Hamsun later stated that his chronic nervous difficulties were due to the way his uncle treated him. He asked businessman Erasmus Zahl to give him significant monetary support, and Zahl agreed. Hamsun later used Zahl as a model for the character Mack appearing in his novels Pan , Dreamers , Benoni and Rosa It was inspired from the experiences and struggles he endured from his jobs. This book was published under the pseudonym Knud Pedersen Hamsund. To many, the novel presages the writings of Franz Kafka and other twentieth-century novelists with its internal monologue and bizarre logic.

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