- Title: Ringen sluttet
- Author: Knut Hamsun
- ISBN: null
- Page: 127
- Format: Hardcover
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The cover: Evening on Karl Johan Street by Munch (1892)Description: Featuring an iconoclastic hero who refuses to accept the standards of his society, this novel is one of the Nobel Prize–winner’s greatest works. The only son of a miserly lighthouse-keeper and an alcoholic mother, Abel grows up in a remote Norwegian village then travels around the United States. Upon returning from America as a young man, Abel falls in love with his longtime acquaintance Olga, the pharmacist’s daughter. Ha [...]
"All of us, we think we've got to get something out of this world, to squeeze out as much as possible, long for more – and then die." (279)"Is there really never anything else?" (3)The Ring is Closed was written by Hamsun at the very end of his literary career, when he was seventy-seven years old. It is probably my least favorite work by Hamsun, as it stands – but even so there is something to it. For lack of a better expression, it got to me. Without the focus of Hunger, the scope of Growth [...]
Ovo je prva Hamsunova knjiga koju sam pročitao ali mi je stil bio poznat jer sam ranije čitao Bukovskog koji je jedan od njegovih nastavljača. Glavni junak, Abel Brodersen, čovek je za kojeg se čini da nije stvarno deo malograđanske i incestuozne sredine u kojoj je odrastao, on ne deli sisteme vrednosti svojih zemljaka, ne želi da po svaku cenu postane nešto niti je opterećen klasnom svešću ili materijalnim preokupacijama. Tu egzistencijalnu prazninu on međutim ne popunjava ničim os [...]
Another incredible book by the Father of Modernism! And completely in keeping with his German forebears.Every time I read Hamsun I feel like I'm party to a group of adventurers in search for an abandoned ship forgotten long ago somewhere in the vastness of this world. When we finally chance upon the ship and get on board we discover a chest hidden down below. After sifting through its precious unearthly contents we revel, almost greedily, knowing that we've become slightly wiser if not better pe [...]
Terrific! I refuse to believe Hamsun was sympathetic of Nazism -- The Ring is Closed is profoundly humanist. In addition, it is a literary masterpiece, as far as its formal structure is concerned: no morals, no conclusions, no definitive statements. The text weaves a human, in all their anonymity and loneliness; both exalted by grandeur and crushed by routine.
As a relative minimalist and advocate for simpler living, I dig critiques of empty ambition and reproaches of suffocating social striving. Abel poses these existential questions directly: What's it all for anyway? Are people any happier when they try to "make something" of themselves? When and how do money and social position offer their limited comforts? Enough subtlety exists in the novel to entertain these questions fairly. Although I awaited some grand coup for Abel, some moment of sublime r [...]
A fantastic novel, but the editor of this edition should've been dragged out to the back of the publishing house and shot. The constant errors were distracting, and that was a damn shame.
Any thumbnail sketch of the storyline from The Ring is Closed would almost be misleading--in the first place, Hamsun charges this string of connected events with a subtext that is difficult, if not impossible, to capture in a synopsis (and, truthfully, is difficult to capture in any communicable way that I know of). Secondly, those readers who look for relatively straightforward plot--or at least one that seems to go somewhere--would likely be disappointed by the book, and sketching the events m [...]
The Ring Is ClosedIt is important to consider that Hamsun wrote this book towards the end of a life well lived yet one which was perhaps tended towards apathy, questioning the value of anything, as he felt his grasp of existence seeping away, day by day. Whilst there are clear parallels with running themes of his earlier novels; the class-addled notions of superiority of the rich, and certainly echoes of the narrow minded small town mentality found in so much of his writing, the general antipath [...]
Nobel Prize-winner Knut Hamsun published this last work of his fiction at age 76, though he lived on to be 92. It is a touching book by one of the great masters, a novelist seldom read today, but one who has been praised lavishly by such a range of writers as Thomas Mann, H.G. Wells, Isaac Singer, Arthur Koestler and Henry Miller. (I lifted that fact from , though I have seen firsthand some of Singer's comments.) The 1936 translation by Gay-Tifft that I read was 322 pages and the first 225 were [...]
A beautiful novel that highlights all of Hamsun's strengths and revisits many of the familiar themes of earlier works. It is remarkable that Hamsun left the field of fiction writing after The Ring is Closed. He was as creative as ever.For those with a little knowledge of Hamusun, the familiarities we find include an enigmatic, loner of a protagonist, unrealized and unrequited love, a vague hint of a violent act, and the quirkiness of small town, rural, early 20th century Norwegian societal norms [...]
Hailed as a masterpiece, but I did not see it that way. Maybe I am missing something in the logic and style of modernism.Main character is flawed, but still likeable Abel, growing up in small Scandinavian coastal community. He does not really have idea what to do with his life, nbut he is far to be bothered by that. By refusing most of the social norms, he leads unusual life, between USA and Norway, while looking to return to Olga, the love of his life.I understood the idea of not wanting to jud [...]
No heroes, no villans, or at least neither embodied in one individual, but rather, each character possessing a realistic mixture of flaws and valour. Hamsun creates a melancholy and comedic look at life in a litte coastal town and the repetetive ups and downs of living. Not my favorite work of his, but among the greatest works of the 20th century nonetheless. This edition is shameful though. There are so many typos, spelling and grammar mistakes, it does this beautiful work a great disservice.
My first encounter with Hamsun and I really did like it. I enjoyed the fact there are so many situations where the narrator could give a conclusion, or explanation, or a hint why someone did something but Hamsun never does that. I believe this gives a great power to the book as everyone puts himself into position of thinking how would he react.
The Ring is Closed has elements of three of Hamsun's greatest works (Pan, Mysteries, and Hunger). While I enjoyed the book immensely and it in a way serves as a link between Hamsun's early work and The Growth of the Soil - I found it to be missing just a little something to push it to one of my all-time favorite books.
Reading this book to complete reading all the novels of this author. Quite good anyway.
"Le cercle s'est fermé" - French traduction by Régis Boyer
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