Hunger

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A.A. Knopf, 1920 - Authors - 266 pages
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The GoodReads review is "right on" in its description of the high points for this book. If there is a downside, it is that one is never sure if "hunger" is driving the narrator's madness, or if ... Read full review

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Page 88 - ... joyous frenzy of hunger. I was empty and free from pain, and I gave free rein to my thoughts. In all calmness I revolve things in my mind. With the most singular jerks in my chain of ideas I seek to explain the meaning of my new word. There was no occasion for it to mean either God or the Tivoli;1 and who said that it was to signify cattle show ? I clench my hands fiercely, and repeat once again, " Who said that it was to signify cattle show? " No; on second thoughts, it was not absolutely necessary...
Page 88 - Kuboa". It has letters as a word has. . . . With the most singular jerks in my chain of ideas I seek to explain the meaning of my new word. There was no occasion for it to mean either God or the Tivoli ; and who said that it was to signify cattle show? . . . No, on second thoughts, it was not absolutely necessary that it should mean padlock, or sunrise. ... I had fully formed an opinion as to what it should not signify — No! ... it is impossible to let it signify emigration or tobacco factory (2,...
Page 27 - Hunger so, talked very severely and sensibly, and closed my eyes very tightly to get rid of the tears. As if I had never seen my shoes before, I set myself to study their looks, their characteristics, and, when I stir my foot, their shape and their worn uppers. I discover that their creases and white seams give them expression — impart a physiognomy to them. Something of my own nature had gone over into these shoes ; they affected me, like a ghost of my other I — a breathing portion of my very...
Page 74 - I count my belongings once more — half a penknife, a bunch of keys, but not a farthing. Suddenly I dive into my pocket and take the papers out again. It was a mechanical movement, an unconscious nervous twitch. I selected a white unwritten page, and — God knows where I got the...
Page v - And on this basis the fantastic figures created by Hamsun relate themselves to ordinary humanity as the microscopic enlargement of a cross section to the living tissues. What we see is true in everything but proportion.
Page 89 - Beg pardon ! Your match in idiocy is not to be found; no, sir! Knitting cotton? Ah! go to hell!
Page 183 - Heaven would quiver with the fire of hell ! I tell you, I have offered you my service, and you...

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