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Hunger
by Knut Hamsun | Literature & Fiction
Registered by CathrineB of Hønefoss, Buskerud fylke Norway on 8/21/2015
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Clairby11xxx): to be read


7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by CathrineB from Hønefoss, Buskerud fylke Norway on Friday, August 21, 2015

8 out of 10

This book is on the 1001 books you must read before you die list.


Hunger is a book by the Nobel Prize winner in literature in 1920. I read this book many years ago, as far as I remember. Guess we had to read it.... Anyway, I enjoyed the book. But I don't remember much of it, though.

"The story of the semi-delirious "trip" of a young drop-out writer in search of his identity. It was published in 1890 when Hamsun was thirty-one. With a little scene-shifting, it could have been written today... He created a new style of writing, a new form of prose narrative which has a hypnotic effect on the reader... I wish you 'bon appétit' with 'Hunger'."


Bought in Bokbyen ved Skagerrak/The Book Town by Skagerrak, in a second hand book store.


I will send this book out as a bookring.

The weight of this paperback book is 153 grams.
12,9 cm x 19,7 cm and 1,5 cm thick.
189 pages.

Please pass it on within 4 weeks. If you for some reason need more time, please let us know here.

Participants:
*BaiLong (China) - international shipping
*BookLovinMama (USA) - US shipping if possible (but can ship international)
*CanticleLost (USA) - international shipping (Asked to be skipped)
*brunton11 (UK) - UK/EU postage prefered if possible (Asked to be skipped)
*teapot (UK) - UK/Europe postage if possible
*Cassandra2020 (UK)
*earthcaroleanne (UK) - UK shipping, EU if needed
*Clairby11xxx (UK) - UK shipping, Europe if needed <--- The book is here.
*DianeO (UK) - international shipping
*thira3006 (Germany) - Europe/UK if possible
*Ftarazu (Portugal) - EU shipping if possible (international if needed)
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*back to CathrineB (Norway) 


Journal Entry 2 by CathrineB at Hønefoss, Buskerud fylke Norway on Saturday, December 03, 2016

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Released 11 mos ago (12/3/2016 UTC) at Hønefoss, Buskerud fylke Norway

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

To BaiLong as part of the bookring.

Released as part of the advent calendar at the Scandinavian forum


Journal Entry 3 by BaiLong at Shanghai, Shanghai China on Thursday, January 05, 2017

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I just came back from holidays this morning and found this book waiting for me, thanks! 


Journal Entry 4 by BaiLong at Shanghai, Shanghai China on Monday, February 20, 2017

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An impressive book.

I must admit that I never heard about this book or author before, and what a mistake! Thanks CathrineB for sharing it with us!

A couple of week after reading it, I am still pondering over some aspects of it.
 


Journal Entry 5 by BaiLong at by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 20, 2017

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Released 9 mos ago (2/21/2017 UTC) at by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Bye bye little book! Safe travels! 


Journal Entry 6 by BookLovinMama at Arnold, Missouri USA on Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Caught this book on March 18 as part of CathrineB's bookring.  


Journal Entry 7 by teapot at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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Arrived today! Thank you CatherineB for sharing, and thanks for sending it to me BooklovinMama. 


Journal Entry 8 by teapot at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, August 14, 2017

7 out of 10

The author does a good job at describing the near-mental breakdown and raving delirium experienced by the protagonist, as well as the physical symptoms. The translation is also very good.

Occasionally I found it very hard to sympathise with the main character though, especially when he was harrassing that girl or refusing help out of pride.

Will pass it on to Cassandra2020 or Earthcarolanne, whichever I see first, as we all know each other in person! 


Journal Entry 9 by teapot at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, August 21, 2017

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Released 3 mos ago (8/20/2017 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Passed it on to Cassandra2020, who will read it and hand it over to EarthCaroleAnne! 


Journal Entry 10 by Cassandra2020 at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, August 21, 2017

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Handed to me by teapot yesterday. Sorry we've subverted your carefully chosen order, but at the moment I see her every day and EarthCaroleAnne less frequently...Teapot rarely sees her, so we agreed this between us.

Will get it read quickly and pass on, then back to the proper order. 


Journal Entry 11 by Cassandra2020 at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 06, 2017

6 out of 10

Hunger by Knut Hamsun - Good but a difficult read

I can kind of understand why this is included in the 1001 books you must read before you die and in The Guardian's 1000 best novels but it's not a particularly easy or enjoyable read.

It reminded me very much of Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell except that was written in 1933 and this in 1890. Makes me wonder about Orwell's inspiration.

Our unnamed narrator is an aspiring writer in Christiania. He is on his uppers. He only has money if he manages to get an article published, only eats if he has money. At the start of the book, he has run out of money many days before, owes rent and has to leave his rented room. So he is homeless and starving. The longer he goes without food, the more manic and delirious his ramblings and actions. The whole book is based around the stream of consciousness that comes from this feast or famine as he acquires money and then runs out and starves again.

All very strange. The main reason for its inclusion, I suspect, it is reads very 'modern'. It could easily have been written now as a historical piece, or transposed to a modern setting and still use the same language.

Not a particularly enjoyable book, but I'm glad I read it.  


Journal Entry 12 by Cassandra2020 at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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Nearly forgot. Have messaged EarthCaroleAnne to pass on 


Journal Entry 13 by Cassandra2020 at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Released 1 mo ago (9/23/2017 UTC) at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom

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Posted out to Carole today. Delayed to be waiting for her when she returns from the Loughborough UnCon 


Journal Entry 14 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Sorry, I was sure I'd journalled this when it arrived because I commented on it not arriving alone. I've read the other booking and will be starting on this next. 


Journal Entry 15 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, October 21, 2017

5 out of 10

This is the story of one man's slide into wretchedness. We see everything through the eyes of a writer who is starving and whose mental state is seriously deranged as a result. Even when he does get food he can only vomit it up. There is hardly any plot, beyond attempts to get articles written and published - attempts constantly foiled by lack of a pen, a candle, peace and quiet etc. There is a mysterious encounter with a girl which is quite startlingly modern in its mixture of eroticism and reality.

This is one of the few books that I have checked the date it was written while reading it. I can understand why it caused a stir when it was written but I can’t say it did a lot for me. Not a terribly enjoyable read. 


Journal Entry 16 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Released 3 wks ago (10/25/2017 UTC) at Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom

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Sending on in the bookring. 


Journal Entry 17 by Clairby11xxx at Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 28, 2017

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Arrived safely, thank you 😊  


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