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Dreamy little book,
This review is from: Dreamers (Paperback)
Having never read any Hamsun before I was really taken by this little novel. Easily readable in a day, it focuses on a few characters in a village far in the north. There are some lovely characters: the new and overly pious curate; his wife, a formerly well-to-do lady with no concept of how to run a house; Enoch, the devout little man; the proud housekeeper; Mack, the successful entrepeneur keen to keep up his reputation. Mostly however, 'Dreamers' follows the telegraph office worker, Ove Rolandsen, a man of meagre means who dreams of making his fortune and knows how to spin romantic dreams for all the women around him. This is a charming little book, often funny and full of human frailties and the things people do to keep up appearances or realise their ambitions. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2009 13:40:06 GMT
Sofia, I've just gone through your reviews and they're outstandingly good. I'm hoping you sometimes check them for comments, as I've a question: How did you learn of the works in translation you've reviewed? I've gone through catalogues of whaterver small presses I've heard of, trawling for translated works, but the breadth of variety in the titles you've come upon is amazing. However did you find out about them?? Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2009 20:12:52 GMT
Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you like the reviews. As to your question, I'm afraid the answer is a boring one; long hours of window-shopping and trawling the internet for inspiration (various fiction prizes etc). I just like books that can tell me something about the rest of the world and figure if something's good enough to be translated, it's probably worth a punt!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2010 10:47:04 GMT
Just been looking at your review list and its nice to find someone who thinks like me! I love to find new authors from around the world (particularly Eastern European) and some of the books you list I have not read yet. Thanks for your trawling!
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