Growth of the Soil (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
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"It is the life story of a man in the wilds, the genesis and gradual development of a homestead, the unit of humanity, in the unfilled, uncleared tracts that still remain in the Norwegian Highlands. It is an epic of earth; the history of a microcosm. Its dominant note is one of patient strength and simplicity; the mainstay of its working is the tacit, stern, yet loving alliance between Nature and the Man who faces her himself, trusting to himself and her for the physical means of life, and the spiritual contentment with life which she must grant if he be worthy. Modern man faces Nature only by proxy, or as proxy, through others or for others, and the intimacy is lost. In the wilds the contact is direct and immediate; it is the foothold upon earth, the touch of the soil itself, that gives strength. The story is epic in its magnitude, in its calm, steady progress and unhurrying rhythm, in its vast and intimate humanity. The author looks upon his characters with a great, all-tolerant sympathy, aloof yet kindly, as a god. A more objective work of fiction it would be hard to find--certainly in what used to be called 'the neurasthenic North.'"--From the footnote to "Growth of the Soil" by W. W. Worster.
  

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Review: Growth of the Soil

User Review  - Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly - Goodreads

Get this edition. On the front cover is a young man walking on plowed ground. Above is the book's modest title, "Growth of the Soil," and in smaller case "Knut Hamsun's Greatest Novel." Open it and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. The story is so simplistic, -- not really having a big plot to it. It is the story of Isak, a man who is literally walking through the forest one day, and chooses a spot ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
12
Section 3
14
Section 4
27
Section 5
36
Section 6
54
Section 7
70
Section 8
83
Section 11
135
Section 12
143
Section 13
177
Section 14
178
Section 15
192
Section 16
200
Section 17
208
Section 18
215

Section 9
90
Section 10
97
Section 19
222
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About the author (2004)

Knut Pedersen Hamsun was born in Lom, Norway on August 4, 1860 and grew up in poverty on the Lofoten Islands. At the age of 17, Hamsun became an apprentice to a ropemaker and also began to dabble in writing. This eventually became his full-time career. The author of the books The Intellectual Life of Modern America, Hunger, and Pan, Hamsun is considered one of the most influential European novelists of the last 100 years. In 1920, Hamsun's novel, Growth of Soil, a book describing the attraction and honesty of working with the land, won the Nobel Prize for Literature. As a supporter of Hitler and the Nazi Occupation of Norway during World War II, Hamsun was charged with treason for his affiliation with the party after the war ended. His property was seized, he was placed under psychiatric observation, and his last years were spent in poverty. Hamsun died on February 19, 1952. A 15-volume compilation of his complete works was published posthumously in 1954.

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