The Ring Is Closed (2020)

The Ring Is Closed Knut Hamsun Robert Ferguson The Ring Is Closed 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 alcoh
  • Title: The Ring Is Closed
  • Author: Knut Hamsun Robert Ferguson
  • ISBN: 9780285638686
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
The Ring Is Closed Knut Hamsun Robert Ferguson 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 longtiFeaturing 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 Haunted by the secrets of his travels, however, Abel determines to live on the barest of necessities and pursue a life without desire or ambition Available in the United States for the first time since the 1930s, this controversial novel features themes that are strikingly contemporary.
The Ring Is Closed Knut Hamsun Robert Ferguson

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  1. Bettie☯

    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 Haunted by the [...]

  2. Steven

    All of us, we think we ve got to get something out of this world, to squeeze out as much as possible, long for 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 of the Soil, the exube [...]

  3. J-Man

    Ovo je prva Hamsunova knjiga koju sam pro itao ali mi je stil bio poznat jer sam ranije itao Bukovskog koji je jedan od njegovih nastavlja a Glavni junak, Abel Brodersen, ovek je za kojeg se ini da nije stvarno deo malogra anske i incestuozne sredine u kojoj je odrastao, on ne deli sisteme vrednosti svojih zemljaka, ne eli da po svaku cenu postane ne to niti je optere en klasnom sve u ili materijalnim preokupacijama Tu egzistencijalnu prazninu on me utim ne popunjava ni im osim pukim ivotarenjem [...]

  4. Gertrude & Victoria

    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 peopl [...]

  5. Masha

    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.

  6. Brian

    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 release, [...]

  7. Coy

    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.

  8. Bryan

    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 might i [...]

  9. Daniel

    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 antipathy [...]

  10. Michael

    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 tremen [...]

  11. Greg Brozeit

    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 H [...]

  12. Nikola Jankovic

    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 judge [...]

  13. Everett Darling

    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.

  14. Igor Watanabe

    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.

  15. Josh Mings

    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.

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