By Knut Hamsun
Translated by Robert Bly
1. Raw Psychological Point of View
2. Unreliable Narrator
3. Gives the Layout of the City, Kristiania (Oslo)
4. Narrators Teeters: Yay or Nay
5. Short, One Day Read
6. Raw Descriptions
7. Cringe - Worthy Moments
8. Admirable Stoicism or Foolish Pride?
9. Nobel Prize Laureate
10. After, Seems like a Fairy Tale
Cuisine & Delicacies
Ranked as: Dessert Bar
This one could inch it’s way into Ghost Pepper territory because of the mental anguish the narrator goes through. It’s ranked as rich with complex undertones because of the psychological depths of this book. It dives deep into the human psyche. On the surface, it looks like every day complaining. But deep down, he’s giving a commentary on society, the human condition and the struggles of the artist. These very basic struggles can enhance the reading of numerous other books.
Why Visit Here
This book segues into so many other deep books. On the surface, it has more in common with Catcher in the Rye than 1984. But after a closer look, it just may have some themes in common with 1984.
The main character is in a self imposed prison. He is stoic where he doesn’t ask for help and sort of suffers in silence. A 3rd book also has this stoicism, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. These two books would be great to read together for understanding the deeper internal struggles of desire.
Better than Food Book Reviews: Excellent review he explains this book covers every possible type of hunger. And he goes into some spoilers, his video can enrich the reading of this awesome book!
Off the Beaten Path
The biography of the author, Knut Hamsun is fascinating. The edition I read (the blue cover) has a wonderful bio of him. I’ll dig some more for an English video to post here.
✓ Google for some place names.
✓ A Book of Short Stories you Admire
✓ 1 Day, Either: Favourite Foods or Don’t Eat
✓ A Hunger Artist By Franz Kafka (1922) - Kafka is a surreal writer and this book’s plot sounds even more extensive & intense than Hunger
✓ A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce (1916) - It’s a bit unrelated. The tie in is this one is about the growth and development of an artist. His struggles are more religious or sexual in nature. But it could be interesting to compare these two books’ approaches.
✓ Either/Or By Soren Kierkegaard (1843/1944 ENG.) - This one is philosophical and about the tension between aesthetics and ethics. It seems complementary to Hunger (Haven’t read Either/Or yet)
✓ Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866) - The internal struggles of the main character are much deeper but have different reasonings. It would be interesting to read these together.
✓ Hunger (1966) Directed by Henning Carlsen - It looks a bit slower than the 2001 version but more thought-provoking. (Haven’t seen it yet)
✓ Hunger (2001) Directed by Maria Giese - It looks like a standard, American remake (and not a good one from the trailer but I haven’t seen it yet)