A deceptively simple tale written in Norway in the early 1900s. The main character Rolandsen is a typical Hamsun protagonist - quixotic, prone to sudden passions and changes of heart, infuriating and compelling.
The book on one level recounts the events during one brief summer in a Norwegian village far in the north of the country. However, what I get from it is Hamsun's concern to express how transient and changeable our feelings are and the difficulty in expressing this authentically in a society that wants individuals to suppress this by being 'polite' and 'respectable'.
A charming book that resonates for me long after its brief 126 page duration.