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Rosa (Green Integer) [Paperback]

By Knut Hamsun & Sverre Lyngstad (Translator)
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Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun is at his best in this early novel, reprinted from the Sun & Moon edition. This popular book, described as an important transitional work in Hamsun's career, received rave reviews upon its original English-language publication.





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Pages   300
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Green Integer
ISBN  1933382856  
ISBN13  9781933382852  


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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.

Knut Hamsun was born in 1859 and died in 1952.

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A highly overrated book from the Master himself  Oct 20, 2006
This is the second part of the twin-novel "Benoni" and "Rosa". I was quite disappointed from the first part; "Benoni", all the fuzz I'd heard about it growing up, it quickly turned out to be to say the least, one of Hamsun's lesser works. I then started reading "Rosa". This novel also has a small fishing-village in Northern-Norway as its setting. The same people live their lives in this book, as the first one. The main parts are about Benoni Hartvigsen (Hartwich, after he gets rich and annoying enough), and Rosa, his on-and-off love. The degree of decadence and promiscuity is beyond anything else I've read in Hamsun's works, and it's quite annoying. Not that the racial quality of North-Norwegians is anything to cheer about, but this is just too much. The only reason I didn't loathe the book totally, is the fact that the description of nature and such, is very well done. If you plan on reading your first, or even your tenth book from Hamsun, then "Benoni" & "Rosa" can safely be left alone.

(I read a different edition)
 
A highly overrated book from the Master himself  Oct 20, 2006
This is the second part of the twin-novel "Benoni" and "Rosa". I was quite disappointed from the first part; "Benoni", all the fuzz I'd heard about it growing up, it quickly turned out to be to say the least, one of Hamsun's lesser works. I then started reading "Rosa". This novel also has a small fishing-village in Northern-Norway as its setting. The same people live their lives in this book, as the first one. The main parts are about Benoni Hartvigsen (Hartwich, after he gets rich and annoying enough), and Rosa, his on-and-off love. The degree of decadence and promiscuity is beyond anything else I've read in Hamsun's works, and it's quite annoying. Not that the racial quality of North-Norwegians is anything to cheer about, but this is just too much. The only reason I didn't loathe the book totally, is the fact that the description of nature and such, is very well done. If you plan on reading your first, or even your tenth book from Hamsun, then "Benoni" & "Rosa" can safely be left alone.

(I read a different edition)
 
A highly overrated book from the Master himself  Oct 20, 2006
This is the second part of the twin-novel "Benoni" and "Rosa". I was quite disappointed from the first part; "Benoni", all the fuzz I'd heard about it growing up, it quickly turned out to be to say the least, one of Hamsun's lesser works. I then started reading "Rosa". This novel also has a small fishing-village in Northern-Norway as its setting. The same people live their lives in this book, as the first one. The main parts are about Benoni Hartvigsen (Hartwich, after he gets rich and annoying enough), and Rosa, his on-and-off love. The degree of decadence and promiscuity is beyond anything else I've read in Hamsun's works, and it's quite annoying. Not that the racial quality of North-Norwegians is anything to cheer about, but this is just too much. The only reason I didn't loathe the book totally, is the fact that the description of nature and such, is very well done. If you plan on reading your first, or even your tenth book from Hamsun, then "Benoni" & "Rosa" can safely be left alone.

(I read a different edition)
 
Very Dissapointing.....  Jul 11, 2001
Rosa is the other side of the coin of Benoni's tale. Whereas Benoni was the hero of "his" book, he's the goat of "hers." I think part of what I didn't like about this book was that a character I really loved was taken and made a mockery of. Hamsun seems more driven to show Rosa's spitefulness & hatred, which gets in the way of his usually beautifully simplistic style. Instead of having the easy-going flow of most of his "small Norweigen fishing village" novels, it's more of a vitriolic diatrabe. Hamsun is one of the most brilliant novelists of all-time, but this is definately my least-favorite work of all his works translated into English. If you're a Hamsun lover, go ahead & get it. If you've never read Hamsun before, this definately isn't a good place to start.
 
Huge enjoyment here.  Apr 25, 1998
Knut is 1-in-a-hundred-million, able to actually step back and see the bigger human picture (and, of course, write about what he sees better than anyone else). In fact, Knut stands so far back, we're all like little bugs to him.

Knut takes the Richard Dawkins canon (men have feelings; women have strategies) and expresses it in language so painfully acute that the reader (if you're like me), is left screaming aloud with delight.

The novel is short, but the fun is long because there's zero extra words. I read it s-l-o-w-l-y in order that the phenomenal phraseology could sink in. Made it last all week. And dressed like Parelius the narrator to try to get more into the story.

 

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