1920: The year Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize for his brilliant "Growth of the Soil", this novel was published. While "Growth of the Soil" was the story of the early settlers cultivating the land, "The Women at the Pump" is set in a small town and around the time it was written. Again the story spans a couple of decades, and is still totally in the grip of the master. Hamsun again displays his skills for portraying people, both their inner feelings and how others see them from the outside. We follow the events and gossip of the town, and the author guides us through the citizens' hopes and dreams, joys and miseries. Hamsun moves elegantly between the differences and similarities of the peasant and the academic, man and woman, the spinster, the cripple, children and youths. With his finger on the pulse of the time, ironically and tongue-in-cheek, he gives a full picture of the people and their day.