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The Women at the Pump Paperback – Nov 9 1978

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; New edition edition (Nov. 9 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285648683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285648685
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.9 x 13.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,389,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
In this brilliant novel from Norway's Knut Hamsun, the readerfollows the activities of Oliver Anderson, a cripple who was maimedwhen a barrel of whale oil crashed down on him, & the gossip about him. Many questions regarding Oliver's home life & family preoccupy the minds of the women at the pump. Many things just don't add up or seem right. Hamsun uses brilliant subtlety and ambiguity to keep the reader wondering what these burried secrets really are. The novel also brilliantly juxtaposes the concepts of the primary concern for the individual & the importance of a village (society) in regards to the consequences of their actions as a whole. Don't let this one pass you by!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3d294b0) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d2be40) out of 5 stars A satire of the time July 4 2000
By Frank-Tommy Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b09e4c) out of 5 stars Hamsun subtlely reveals one man's ultime shame & degredation Aug. 27 1999
By August747@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this brilliant novel from Norway's Knut Hamsun, the readerfollows the activities of Oliver Anderson, a cripple who was maimedwhen a barrel of whale oil crashed down on him, & the gossip about him. Many questions regarding Oliver's home life & family preoccupy the minds of the women at the pump. Many things just don't add up or seem right. Hamsun uses brilliant subtlety and ambiguity to keep the reader wondering what these burried secrets really are. The novel also brilliantly juxtaposes the concepts of the primary concern for the individual & the importance of a village (society) in regards to the consequences of their actions as a whole. Don't let this one pass you by!
HASH(0xa3a9cf48) out of 5 stars women at the pump June 2 2016
By Jbarr5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Woman at the Pump by knut Hansun
Book sounded interesting even though written in 1920. It is about a fishing community where the woman are the ones that stay on the land while husbands go off to sea.
Lots of small town drama...one young man comes back after an injury and he doesn't have much to look forward to, his girl is still there and doesn't care for what condition he's in but he feels sorry for himself.
He's sold everything they can, he and his mother....he learned no trade, just the sea. Oliver is desperate. His sea chest is the answer to get him back in the groove and to prove to himself he can earn a living...
Abandoned Norway ship they demolish and get paid to do it with 2 others that helped. Petra returns with the gold ring he had given her-they marry and have a child and he goes out daily to the sea to get a catch and sells it locally. His mother lives with them and she learns why Petra had returned...
Through the years he wonders how he has a child with blue eyes when he questions his wife...loved hearing of the steamship industry.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3894450) out of 5 stars Received the wrong book July 22 2015
By constance Nordmoe - Published on Amazon.com
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