Growth of the Soil


Read by Greg W.

(4.7 stars; 40 reviews)

Growth of the Soil (Markens Grøde) is the novel by Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. The essential elements of this novel are expressed in the words of the English translator W.W. Worster in his footnote in December 1920: 'It is the life story of a man in the wilds, the genesis and gradual development of a homestead, the unit of humanity, in the unfilled, uncleared tracts that still remain in the Norwegian Highlands. It is an epic of earth; the history of a microcosm. Its dominant note is one of patient strength and simplicity; the mainstay of its working is the tacit, stern, yet loving alliance between Nature and the Man who faces her himself, trusting to himself and her for the physical means of life, and the spiritual contentment with life which she must grant if he be worthy. . .The story is epic in its magnitude, in its calm, steady progress and unhurrying rhythm, in its vast and intimate humanity. The author looks upon his characters with a great, all-tolerant sympathy, aloof yet kindly, as a god.' (Introduction by Wikipedia) (14 hr 38 min)

Chapters

01 - Book One, Chapter I 19:33 Read by Greg W.
02 - Book One, Chapter II 17:37 Read by Greg W.
03 - Book One, Chapter III 21:30 Read by Greg W.
04 - Book One, Chapter IV 25:54 Read by Greg W.
05 - Book One, Chapter V 19:49 Read by Greg W.
06 - Book One, Chapter VI 29:24 Read by Greg W.
07 - Book One, Chapter VII 25:02 Read by Greg W.
08 - Book One, Chapter VIII 22:45 Read by Greg W.
09 - Book One, Chapter IX 24:02 Read by Greg W.
10 - Book One, Chapter X 22:44 Read by Greg W.
11 - Book One, Chapter XI 18:55 Read by Greg W.
12 - Book One, Chapter XII 24:49 Read by Greg W.
13 - Book One, Chapter XIII 22:57 Read by Greg W.
14 - Book One, Chapter XIV 32:00 Read by Greg W.
15 - Book One, Chapter XV 28:01 Read by Greg W.
16 - Book One, Chapter XVI 31:00 Read by Greg W.
17 - Book One, Chapter XVII 29:17 Read by Greg W.
18 - Book One, Chapter XVIII 30:41 Read by Greg W.
19 - Book One, Chapter XIX 29:43 Read by Greg W.
20 - Book Two, Chapter I 29:43 Read by Greg W.
21 - Book Two, Chapter II 31:52 Read by Greg W.
22 - Book Two, Chapter III 36:16 Read by Greg W.
23 - Book Two, Chapter IV 39:15 Read by Greg W.
24 - Book Two, Chapter V 33:03 Read by Greg W.
25 - Book Two, Chapter VI 33:55 Read by Greg W.
26 - Book Two, Chapter VII 40:32 Read by Greg W.
27 - Book Two, Chapter VIII 25:43 Read by Greg W.
28 - Book Two, Chapter IX 34:16 Read by Greg W.
29 - Book Two, Chapter X 33:47 Read by Greg W.
30 - Book Two, Chapter XI 34:43 Read by Greg W.
31 - Book Two, Chapter XII 29:51 Read by Greg W.

Reviews

Excellent Excellent Reading


(5 stars)

This book is not for everyone, the synopsis is a guide, but the reading is better than most commercial projects.

Growth


(5 stars)

This is a very nice book. What it is about is stated inthe English title "Growth". It is a book about economics, natural economics, capitalism. It is about the negotiation of the man with the land the woman with the man, the people with the law, and Swedes, and the people with each other.

Love this book


(5 stars)

One of my favorite books. I thought the reader's voice went really well with the tone of the book


(5 stars)

Amazing book. Great narrator. Loved it so much I listened to it twice.

Growth of the Soil


(5 stars)

Well read, fun listen - thanks!


(5 stars)

for audio reader. 3 * for book

A Nobel winner


(5 stars)

The writer reminds me of Isaac Bashevis Singer in the spareness of his prose while his skillful use of the present tense gives a sense of urgency. Although Hamsum is known for his modernist concern with the internal life of his characters, the plot of Growth of the Soil moves along nicely and keeps one interested in the outcomes. The reader does a good job here and doesn't interject his own interpretations. I think the author would have appreciated that. TheBookworm (Manchester, UK)