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Author: Knut Hamsun
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 33,773 / 93 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.2
LoC Category: PT
Downloads: 2,103
Added to site: 2008.08.03 21651

This love story is one of Hamsun's most entertaining novels--real tenderness and fancy, satisfactorily mixed with pure comedy.

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cess, is what we thought; if it were not well lost in exchange for the power to feel as they.

It has been said that life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel. Humanly speaking, it is one of the greatest merits of Hamsun's works that he shows otherwise. His attitude towards life is throughout one of feeling, yet he makes of life no tragedy, but a beautiful story.

"I will be young until I die," says Kareno in Aftenr0de. The words are not so much a challenge to fate as a denial of fact; he is not fighting, only refusing to acknowledge the power that is already hard upon him.

Kareno is an intellectual character. He is a philosopher, a man whose perceptions and activity lie predominantly in the sphere of thought, not of feeling. His attempt to carry the fire of youth beyond the grave of youth ends in disaster; an unnecessary debacle due to his gratuitously at tempting. the impossible.

Hamsun's poet-personality, the spirit we have seen striving for express

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Lisa Carr

A new pastor and his wife are coming to a (very) small Norwegian fishing village. They upend the community, and petty scandals run rampant.
The story is charming, full of guilt, pride, and tenderness. The characters are well-drawn.
The transcription is full of errors that make the book confusing at times. Things like, "telegraph operator, hep own betrothed," "his hat a thought on one side going," "with red dish whiskers," "the fisherf oik," ""Ho 1" said Rolandson," "smiling all the tirrxe as he talked," "get that sister of yours married to the aan?\" "-she s. Ao-t quite suvc. which one it is." "brewing thrpygh his nostrils"
It's hard to become engrossed in a story that's so badly done.



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