Here is another book by acclaimed Norwegian Author Knut Hamsun.
I present this book as it is, though a work of fiction, an interesting look into the daily life in Norway in the late 1800’s. This is the first book of the August trilogy.
In this Norwegian saga of restlessness, Hamsun presents young Edevart, a headstrong boy ill at ease with books, but fiercely self-determined and eager to escape his poor village of Polden. He becomes a close friend of August, a man-orphan, rootless, who sings fantastic tales of a wondrous world. In their years of seafaring, peddling, and raucous-raising—sometimes together, sometimes separated—Edevart grows in understanding, becoming a cunning businessman, experiencing the exhilaration and devastation of love and learning to enjoy the freedom of his wandering lifestyle. Nobel prize winner Hamsun expertly weaves the clashing ideologies—the draw of a comfortable home and the excitement of adventure and the sea—with Edevart’s own picaresque, as it drifts between restlessness and a peaceful happiness
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