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Growth of the Soil

Knut Hamsun (1859-1952)

1. 01 - Book One, Chapter I
2. 02 - Book One, Chapter II
3. 03 - Book One, Chapter III
4. 04 - Book One, Chapter IV
5. 05 - Book One, Chapter V
6. 06 - Book One, Chapter VI
7. 07 - Book One, Chapter VII
8. 08 - Book One, Chapter VIII
9. 09 - Book One, Chapter IX
10. 10 - Book One, Chapter X
11. 11 - Book One, Chapter XI
12. 12 - Book One, Chapter XII
13. 13 - Book One, Chapter XIII
14. 14 - Book One, Chapter XIV
15. 15 - Book One, Chapter XV
16. 16 - Book One, Chapter XVI
17. 17 - Book One, Chapter XVII
18. 18 - Book One, Chapter XVIII
19. 19 - Book One, Chapter XIX
20. 20 - Book Two, Chapter I
21. 21 - Book Two, Chapter II
22. 22 - Book Two, Chapter III
23. 23 - Book Two, Chapter IV
24. 24 - Book Two, Chapter V
25. 25 - Book Two, Chapter VI
26. 26 - Book Two, Chapter VII
27. 27 - Book Two, Chapter VIII
28. 28 - Book Two, Chapter IX
29. 29 - Book Two, Chapter X
30. 30 - Book Two, Chapter XI
31. 31 - Book Two, Chapter XII

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Summary

Growth of the Soil (Markens Grøde) is the novel by Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. The essential elements of this novel are expressed in the words of the English translator W.W. Worster in his footnote in December 1920: '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. . .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.'

Reviews

Paul

- Amazing

I've read a couple of Hamsun's other works - 'Hunger' being one of my all time favourites. This novel really is a thing of beauty. The Narrator does a fantastic job. His pace and delivery fits the tone of novel perfectly.