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Shallow Soil

Knut Hamsun

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Oh, I see," he said with a forced smile. "It is all right; I only thought—"

He walked over to the window and remained standing there.

Mrs. Hanka said good night to everybody. When she came to Irgens she whispered eagerly, breathlessly: "To-morrow, then, at three." She kept Ojen's hand in hers and asked him when he was going. Had he remembered to make reservations at Torahus? No; she might have known it; these poets were always forgetting the most essential. He would have to telegraph at once. Good-bye! And get well soon…. She was maternal to the last.

The Journalist accompanied her.


"You said there was something you wanted to tell me," said Tidemand.

"Yes; so there is—You were surprised that I wanted to go along to Torahus. Of course, I said that I had business there. That is not so; I just said that. I know nobody there except Lynums; that is all there is to . . . Read More

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Til tross for noen lovende kommentarer om cognac og gaupejakt i første kapittel; det begynner ikke før på de siste førti sidene. De siste førti sidene bør leses.

I read all Hamsun novels back to back and this was by far, the most....unique. While most novels center around a rural life style this novel takes place in Christiania (Oslo) as did Hunger. However, this read is a much different focus than the down and out first hand account in Hunger. Shallow Soil

This was my first encounter with Hamsun and I definitely liked his writing. Though I was a bit bored reading the first part of the book, I really got into it later on.

It is amazing how life changes over time and yet how things remain the same. Regardless of when and where, people still need to figh

Nobel Ödülü almış bir yazarın, bu ödülü almayı hak etmiş kitabıyla tanıştım bu ay. Knut Hamsun, adını başka kitaplarıyla duyduğum bir yazardı. Özellikle Açlık kitabıyla akıllarda yer edinmiş bildiğim kadarıyla. Ben yazarla bu kitabı sayesinde tanışma fırsatı bulabildim ama kitabı okumam çok uzun sü

This novel is about a clique of artists in a small Norwegian coastal town and their ongoing relationship with certain members of the business community who patronise them generously to their own eventual ruin. Hamsun tells a story which thrills and haunts, disgusts and delights all at once: that he

This is my 14th Hamsun book in the past three months. This one is perhaps the pinnacle of his art. Not so much about wanderers and wayfarers this time around but art vs. commerce laced with morality and immortality. His biggest touch points have been the constant wrestling match of men and women and

Between 1890-1894 Knut Hamsun published three novels—Hunger, Mysteries and Pan—which pioneered the themes of social alienation that pervaded much of 20th century literature. Snuggled between the latter two, Hamsun wrote Shallow Soil, a mostly forgotten novel which, at first glance, doesn’t seem to f

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