Romantically awkward hunter, fisherman and nature-lover Lieutenant Thomas Glahn lives in a cabin away from society -- alone, except for his dog and occasional interactions with the locals including the young and audacious Edwina, a free spirit who searches for a prince to conquer her, and has not yet met her match. The two commence a peculiar hot and cold relationship that evolves into a tragic psychological standoff.
A classic literary probing of quirks and vulnerabilities of the psyche, set against the exquisite natural background of Norway.
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About the Author
Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with regard to the subject, perspective and environment. He published more than 20 novels, a collection of poetry, some short stories and plays, a travelogue, and some essays.
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The very promising first few chapters readied me to love this, but sadly the novel stagnates a little bit with its catalog of the protagonist's absurdities. Clearly there is the influence of Dostoyevsky hovering about Hamsun's works at this stage of his scribbling life, but Dostoyevsky didn't get stuck in one groove with his characters like Hamsun. Pan essentials: a nutter of a protagonist, plenty of nature imagery, dream sequences, and erotic encounters bewitchingly depicted. Sounds good, but the protagonist's obsessions get old very quickly, and that is the problem. A short book, yet it's repetitive. Summary: Hunger part 2, an Edvard Munch exhibition comes alive. Alternative tags for the Dostoyevskial-minded: ear, whisper, Stavrogin.
Deliciously romantic and ecstatic, earnest and mysterious - very gleeful, yet inhabited by fluctuating notions of enormous melancholia. As a whole, I don't know if I like it as much as the two others I've read by Hamsun (Sult and Mysterier), but it contain passages of uniquely sincere, frantic and passionate outbreaks impossible to resist.