Growth Of The Soil by Knut Hamsun Growth Of The Soil By Knut Hamsun The Growth of the Soil is the novel by Nor wegian writer Knut Hamsun which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Stylistically it has a simplicity which reflects its subject matter and there prevails what Worster calls a Miltonic monumental calm. Hamsun also has the qualities of a Norwegian Steinbeck in his tale of the tragedies and joys of everyday life. There are also Bergmanesque elements in its blacker episodes: the two infanticides; Axel left to die in the snow by the jealous and resentful Brede, whom he has gone out of his way to help and support; and the actions and words of the poisonous, spiteful and grasping Oline. Yet these are relieved by an underlying humour and lightness and all characters seem to have their redeeming features. Tragedy and evil rarely lead to unmitigated disaster, often because of the inner strength and fortitude of the principal characters It was Henry Miller (THE BOOKS OF MY LIFE) who initially turned me on to Knut Hamsun. MYSTERIES and HUNGER were read first, making me more curious about this man who wrote such mythic and timeless literature. GROW TH OF THE SOIL is a haunting narrative, perhaps because it is so removed from the insanities of our modern lives. In simple, poetically laconic language, Hamsun evokes the rural scenes and terse interactions between his characters. The reading is provocative yet subtly gripping as the lives of these unsophisticated folk becomes manifest throughout the story. There are plenty of the tragic episodes and spiteful characters that sponsor the requisite tension of a great narrative. I suppose because Hamsun focuses upon the rural life, he has been called the Norwegian Steinbeck, although the writing styles of these two are far from similar. H.G. Wells thought GROW TH OF THE SOIL one of the greatest novels of all time; and this mans recommendations are pretty significant. In this tremendous story, we see the underlying allegory of mans evolution, from a lone man plodding along into the wilderness to make a life, to the resulting culture that his descendants and settlers created - from barrenness to growth via the legacies of hard work. This is a prosaic, mythic tale that, almost ninety years later, is still a tremendous story. Highly recommended. Parataxis The Cloud Reckoner Extracts: A Field Guide for Iconoclasts For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Growth Of The Soil by Knut Hamsun - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!