Review from a Transgressive Fiction Fan
A beautifully written novel detailing the collision of the natural world and the civilized world over a period of a few seasons in the forests of Norway. Hamsun’s prose is at times poetic and magical; several dream-like chapters read like a lyrical mystery. The story keeps you on your toes: a couple of unexpected turns in the narrative had me flipping pages to discover the “what next?”. Also: the epilogue (I don’t want to call it by its true title in order to not inadvertently divulge a spoiler) is a brilliantly employed device to not only end the novel, but to cast a different light on the protagonist.
“Insightful” Review from a Mainstream Reader
Hamsun, you asshole.