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The Last Joy (Green Integer Books:) [Paperback]

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The middle-aged narrator of The Last Joy is a Hamsun double, who leaves the wild, where he has lived in a turf hut, for a tourist resort and, subsequently, the city, where he resumes contact with Miss Torsen, a beautiful young schoolteacher he met at the resort. He follows her sexual escapades, including rape, with the intense, vicarious interest of a voyeur. Considering himself too old for love, he encourages Miss Torsen's interest in Nikolai, a hulk of a man whom she marries, thereby escaping the supposedly sorry lot of a career woman.

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Pages   279
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.25" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Green Integer
ISBN  1931243190  
ISBN13  9781931243193  

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More About Knut Hamsun & Sverre Lyngstad

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun (1858 1952) worked as a laborer in both Scandinavia and America before establishing himself as a successful playwright and novelist.
Sverre Lyngstad, the preeminent scholar of Norwegian literature, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Brad Leithauser is the author of several novels, four volumes of poetry, and a collection of essays. He is the Emily Dickinson Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College."

Knut Hamsun was born in 1859 and died in 1952.

Knut Hamsun has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Penguin Classics
  2. Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
  3. Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics

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A good but somewhat disappointing end of a trilogy  Jan 26, 2007
This is the final book in Knut Hamsun's "Wanderer" trilogy. The main character, which in this book remains unnamed, although we know it to be "Knud Pedersen" from the previous two books, Hamsun's name at birth, has in this book become an ageing man, in his early 70's. He intertwines the tale in the book with little political and philosophical views of Norway. He is living his last years as a wanderer, and this is largely an autobiographical work, in the philosophical meaning.

There really isn't much to say about the story of the book, it's a minor tale, and hasn't really got much to do with the other two books in the trilogy. If you've read the other two, you'll enjoy this one as well, but it's not even close to the quality of the two previous books. The thing that really saves the book is Hamsun's never failing humour. A minor work from Norway's very own anti-modern "right wing" conservative.

Recommended for readers of the trilogy and collectors.

(I read a different edition)
How do you give a half a star ???  Jan 11, 2006
Well, no need here.

I can't give any writing that casues me to cry anything less than the most one can give.
Usually I can say the same for words that bring me laughter but with this book, I had both; first laughter then tears.

You will like this novel and the other two in The Wanderer Trilogy (Under An Autumn Star & On Muted Strings) if you are one who is always looking to improve your writing; full with yearning for unseen treasures, evidence of which lies within; if you are not a fan of Hollywood Endings, etc.

I think you get the small gist of it.

If you wish to travel outside of your immediate mundaneness and have not the freedom to do so, read this book. It will teach you or else reaffirm any notion past that to go abroad is medicinal and necessary. This novel will remind you to appreciate the little things in life which are usually around you and not up in the sky as high as lofty buildings or on the ground where propective money lay fallen.

I am not one for giving away anything within the confines of cover to cover.

But this book will appeal to you as the first two aforementioned if you are a wanderer at heart.

As much as we need a home we need the road; perhaps, one for the winter and the other for all before and after.
another fine work by a master  Sep 21, 2003
Hamsun's narrators have a special way of loving life and The Last Joy's narrator is no exception. A man in his last years feels dearly that life is not for the likes of him but rather for the young, and tries to participate in their lives with serene dignity. He speaks rarely, observing things quietly to himself while a string-section of shifting minor chords carries the story's feelings from page to page. There is heart-brokenness and hope so intermingled that if life must go on then so it must and what more is there to say.

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