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The Women at the Pump ❰Reading❯ ➼ The Women at the Pump Author Knut Hamsun – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The women at the pump in Hamsun s small Norwegian coastal town are seldom short of talking points a birth and where did those brown eyes come from , a marriage shotgun , a death in strange circumstanc The Women at the Pump at the PDF È in Hamsun s small Norwegian coastal town are seldom short of talking points a birth and where did The Women PDF/EPUB ² those brown eyes come from , a marriage shotgun , a death in strange circumstances the victim flattened by a falling barrel of whale Women at the PDF/EPUB ¾ oil the up and down career of the town s leading citizen and philanderer the pointed questions asked in the Norwegian Parliament by its seedy representative the mail robbery that permanently unhinges the postmaster and leads to the discovery of obscene tattooing all over the blacksmith s son the news that an elderly spinster is pregnant while the doctor s wife is not the disastrous sinking of the steamship that is the town s chief pride and joy Above all, there are the latest doings of Oliver Andersen and the large family that he and his wife contrive to raise despite growing suspicions that his mysterious accident at sea has deprived him of than a legIn Oliver, Hamsun has created one of the great comic characters of literature a sly, boastful, flaccid rogue who trades shamelessly and indomitably on his misfortune In his moral squalor he is the symbol of a corrupt and self seeking society Unattractive though he is, he never entirely loses the reader s sympathy, and his relations with his delightful son Abel are most movingly depicted The Women at the Pump brims with a prodigality of invention, sardonic humor, and an originality of style and technique representing Hamsun s later work at its best First published in Norway inthe year Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.


10 thoughts on “The Women at the Pump

  1. Manny Manny says:

    This is generally regarded as one of Hamsun s less successful books, and I can see why uncharacteristically, it s loosely constructed, overlong, and at times rather repetitious But even on an off day, Hamsun is better than most novelists The central theme is self delusion, and he finds a weirdly memorable way to present it.The anti hero, Oliver, lives in a little coastal town in Norway where virtually everyone s business is connected to the sea As a young man, he becomes a deck hand on one o This is generally regarded as one of Hamsun s less successful books, and I can see why uncharacteristically, it s loosely constructed, overlong, and at times rather repetitious But even on an off day, Hamsun is better than most novelists The central theme is self delusion, and he finds a weirdly memorable way to present it.The anti hero, Oliver, lives in a little coastal town in Norway where virtually everyone s business is connected to the sea As a young man, he becomes a deck hand on one of the boats owned by the Double Consul, the head honcho of the area We first meet Oliver when he s saying goodbye to Petra, his fianc e They re planning to get married when he comes home in a few months But things go wrong, and it sthan a year before he turns up again, hideously mutilated He s had an accident which cost him one of his legs Now he s crippled, he can no longer work as a sailor He doesn t know how to do anything else.Oliver sinks into the kind of unfocussed, half insane depression that Hamsun is so good at portraying He hangs around all day at his mother s house refusing to do anything and using up the little money they have they are barely able to eat Petra can t stand it and breaks off the engagement But then, one day, she comes back, and lets it be understood that she s changed her mind She is willing to marry him after all if he wants to take her back Oliver thinks about it and says yes.The reconciliation scene is presented so that the reader is left in no doubt about what s going on Petra is pregnant, and Oliver is not the father It soon becomes clear that this isn t all Oliver s accident didn t just deprive him of a leg, it also castrated him But he doesn t seem to be aware of it He accepts baby Frank as his own, and also his second son, Abel It s still not obvious who the biological father is, but after a while that comes into focus too it has to be the Double Consul, Oliver s former employer, whose clear brown eyes are remarkably like those of Oliver s children In fact, there seem to be quite a lot of children in the town who are blessed with clear brown eyes.The creepy thing about the story is that Oliver at the same time knows and doesn t know what s happening He cold bloodedly exploits the situation by encouraging Petra to visit her lover and obtain favours, which extend as far as getting him a well paid job as the foreman of the Double Consul s warehouse Encouraged by his success, he then persuades her to visit Fredrikson, the crooked lawyer who is their landlord, and sleep with him too It couldn t beblatant he goes as far as buying her new underwear which she puts on before her visits But when her third child turns out to have blue eyes rather than brown, Oliver is overcome with jealousy He cross examines her about where she s been and threatens her with his fishing knife Petra goes along with the game She has limited options They never talk openly about the real situation.Hamsun s skill as an author is such that he makes this far fetched scenario feel plausible You accept Oliver as a real person, and after a while you start wondering what you re doing that s equally self deluded It is, alas, easy to come up with answers In particular, nearly all of us are at the same time well aware of the dreadful direction in which the world is heading and incapable of taking it seriously We watch the climate edging steadily closer to catastrophic breakdown, and our political institutions moving back towards straightforward fascism, and from time to time we complain but we don t do anything We say we know what s going on, while our actions suggest the opposite we behave as though none of this is actually happening At some point though, just as in the book, we ll no longer be able to pretend.What a terrifying person Hamsun was


  2. Steven Steven says:

    Time passes, then everything passes and many things even pass off well What the supreme good is, we do not know Going up and coming down are clearly parts of the whole to which everything belongs A candle burns steadily in a candlestick The door opens, the candle goes out Whose fault is it What fault389 This was one of the last works by Hamsun that I hadn t yet read I started it during a rather turbulent period, after having just started my PhD I have to admit that I almost gave uTime passes, then everything passes and many things even pass off well What the supreme good is, we do not know Going up and coming down are clearly parts of the whole to which everything belongs A candle burns steadily in a candlestick The door opens, the candle goes out Whose fault is it What fault389 This was one of the last works by Hamsun that I hadn t yet read I started it during a rather turbulent period, after having just started my PhD I have to admit that I almost gave up on it The fault was not so much with the book itself although especially in the beginning it is slow paced It was mostly my act of stopping and starting it reading 10 pages at a time that killed the experience Again, I was on the verge of putting it aside, but I couldn t suppress the feeling that I would be doing Hamsun an injustice So I pulled myself together, madetime to read longer stretches of The Women at the Pump, and finished it I m very happy that I did


  3. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    The events of The Women at the Pump take place in some unnamed Norwegian coastal town in some undefined period presumably before WWI, as the war is not mentioned or even hinted at There is little plot, as such, which seems to annoy some people, but a lot of character studies, which I always enjoy Throughout the book the focus switches between many of the inhabitants of the town, but the main focus is on Oliver Andersen and his family But there is also J rgen the fisherman Johnsen of the Whar The events of The Women at the Pump take place in some unnamed Norwegian coastal town in some undefined period presumably before WWI, as the war is not mentioned or even hinted at There is little plot, as such, which seems to annoy some people, but a lot of character studies, which I always enjoy Throughout the book the focus switches between many of the inhabitants of the town, but the main focus is on Oliver Andersen and his family But there is also J rgen the fisherman Johnsen of the Wharf, a double Consul Carlsen the blacksmith Mattis the carpenter Olaus, a loafer and a doctor, a postmaster etc And as the book progresses there are sons and daughters of these characters, andI must admit I love this type of book with a multitude of characters So Oliver Andersen who it should be noted is blue eyed gets a job on a ship, called Fia, which is owned by the consul C.A Johnsen It is, however, only a few months before Oliver returns home crippled he s lost a leg and claims that he was crushed under a barrel of whale oil Life is tough on his return he lives with his mother, and his girlfriend, Petra, is unsure whether to resume their relationship As we get to know Oliver over the course of the novel we see that he s a bit of a rascal, and a scallywag, but overall he s a good ish sort He s not violent, or a drinker, or a gambler he loves his wife and his children and he has a bit of a sweet tooth but he s not adverse to lying, or breaking the law if it might benefit him, and his family, in some way We get the feeling that Hamsun has a bit of a soft spot for Oliver Here are a couple of descriptions of his character, which mostly appear near the end of the novel Now as before, as nearly always these last twenty years, Oliver s life is partly within the law, partly on the borderline, occasionally a little outside.Oliver was made of sterner stuff, less delicate and sensitive,carefree, in short, the right human clay he could endure life Who had taken a harder knock than he But a tiny upward turn in his fortunes, a lucky theft, a successful swindle, restored him to contentment.Oliver no longer begins anything anywhere, beginning things is not his business, he stays where he is put, uncrushed by human thought, unconverted by the women at the pump Naturally life, fate, and God are damned high class questions and very necessary questions, but they will be solved by people who have learned to read and write what use are they to Oliver If a brain like his starts busying itself with the why and the wherefore, it will go into a tailspin, and then Oliver will be unable to continue with his work, to enjoy his food and candy, to be fit for what he is Leave getting above oneself to others Oliver has ups and downs throughout his life, and his relationship with his wife, Petra, is stormy At times they seem to hate each other Here s Petra s view of him at one such low point Petra doesn t answer, doesn t look at him, she is so weary of his talk and of his person Oh, that lump of fat in the chair it breathes, it wears clothes that someone has sewn, it has buttons on its clothes on its upper end it has a hat, tilted at an angle She knows it all inside out, the sprawling wooden leg that projects into the narrow room and blocks the way, his conversation, all the lies, the bombast, the voice that growsandlike a woman s, the lusterless, watery blue gaze, the mouth that is perpetually moist Year by year he seems to be going to pieces only his appetite remains intact And there isn t always enough to eat.Still, Oliver and Petra have two boys, Frank and Abel, and three girls Throughout the book it is clear that there isto Oliver s injury than he lets on and although it s pretty clear to the reader what the problem is, the rest of the characters seem oblivious, and at times Oliver and Petra themselves seem unaware.What is especially enjoyable about this book is the humour and the compassion that Hamsun has for the characters, indeed all the characters there is no one that is wholly bad or contemptible, no one that the reader ends up hating The postmaster can t stop talking about metaphysics to uninterested listeners, the doctor is a misanthrope, Oliver s son Frank is studious but dull, his other son, Abel, is in love since an early age with Little Lydia, who is totally uninterested in him, Oliver has a long lasting feud with the carpenter over some doors and much, muchAnd the women at the pump Well, we re never allowed to listen in on them directly but we do hear, throughout the book, what is being discussed by the women at the pump and what they think Anything that is worth knowing is known by the women at the pump and known before anyone else.Human beings push against each other and trample on each other some sink exhausted to the ground and serve as a bridge for others, some perish they are the ones least fitted for coping with the push, and they perish That can t be helped But the others flourish and blossom Such is life s immortality All this, mind you, they knew at the pump


  4. RØB RØB says:

    This book does not even have a Wikipedia article written about it I thought about fleshing one out after I was done reading it, but I think it s kind of cooler that it s a hidden treasure of sorts It s the first Hamsun I ve read shameful, I know, given the brazen touting of my Norwegian cultural ancestral heritage , and I quite enjoyed it At times it was slow to get through, and sometimes I wondered where it was going or where the primary focus was, but then I realized, this is forerunner to This book does not even have a Wikipedia article written about it I thought about fleshing one out after I was done reading it, but I think it s kind of cooler that it s a hidden treasure of sorts It s the first Hamsun I ve read shameful, I know, given the brazen touting of my Norwegian cultural ancestral heritage , and I quite enjoyed it At times it was slow to get through, and sometimes I wondered where it was going or where the primary focus was, but then I realized, this is forerunner to post modern stuff here, there doesn t have to be a main focus and by and large, there wasn t, no matter what the paragraph on the back of the book says Jeff Sjerven gave this one to me before moving to LAsometimes it was difficult to decode exactly what was happening or being said, probably based on barriers of language and chronology it was first published 89 years ago by a man who was then in his 60s, after all Still a somewhat fascinating read I can t even be sure I know what exactly The Pump in the title referred to, specifically I did enjoy it though Finished it the day after Xmas while waiting to party with friends


  5. Julie Barrett Julie Barrett says:

    The Woman at the Pump by knut HansunBook 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 dramaone 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 The Woman at the Pump by knut HansunBook 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 dramaone 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 livingAbandoned 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 returnedThrough the years he wonders how he has a child with blue eyes when he questions his wifeloved hearing of the steamship industry.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD Braille Audio Reading Device


  6. Dermot Dermot says:

    I imagine if you re reading this review you ve either thinking of reading or have just read this book I would also assume that you re familiar with Knut Hamsun surely this book wouldn t be anyone s introduction to him.There is no wikipedia page about it and indeed I could find no in depth analysis or review of it anywhere online apart from here on goodreads, and at spark notes, which you have to pay for.When I was in my early 20s I was obsessed with Dostoevsky and I read practically everyth I imagine if you re reading this review you ve either thinking of reading or have just read this book I would also assume that you re familiar with Knut Hamsun surely this book wouldn t be anyone s introduction to him.There is no wikipedia page about it and indeed I could find no in depth analysis or review of it anywhere online apart from here on goodreads, and at spark notes, which you have to pay for.When I was in my early 20s I was obsessed with Dostoevsky and I read practically everything he ever wrote After that I was searching for a similar fix and this guy Knut Hamsun s name kept coming up Over the course of a winter about 16 years ago I read the holy trinity Mysteries, Hunger, and Pan in that order, with their evocative Munch covers and errant eccentric heroes anti heroes, leaps of logic They all had a profound effect on me, though I don t know if I d find them cringey to read now Anyway, I somehow stumbled across the existence of The Women at the Pump online The cover features probably my favourite Munch painting Red Virginia Creeper and I thought during the Coronavirus lockdown, 100 years after this book was written, it might be time to give Knut another go.I would say for people who are fans of his earlier work to proceed with caution It s much longer about 400 pages meandering, and contains a host of characters The back of the book compares it to EastEnders I would say The Simpsons is a closer comparison.It s comic and there s leaps of logic This was written 30 years after those earlier works and I get the sense that it s written by amature manaccustomed to the ways of the world That makes itgrounded and less dreamy but also dates it and takes some of the magic off.Anyway, Hamsun aficionados will get a kick out of this I m sure But as I say, proceed with caution you won t read this in a day or two.My favourite character was the Postmaster


  7. Howard Olsen Howard Olsen says:

    I have had this book on my nightstand for a few years, now I was hesitant to read it only because of its length at 400 pages, it s twice as long as most of Hamsun s books I was worried that the subtle intensity I love in his shorter works would be lost in the sprawl of this one As it turned out, I shouldn t have worried This is a great book It s a Nashville style tale about the citizens of a small coastal town in Norway There isn t really a plot, or even a central character We simply ob I have had this book on my nightstand for a few years, now I was hesitant to read it only because of its length at 400 pages, it s twice as long as most of Hamsun s books I was worried that the subtle intensity I love in his shorter works would be lost in the sprawl of this one As it turned out, I shouldn t have worried This is a great book It s a Nashville style tale about the citizens of a small coastal town in Norway There isn t really a plot, or even a central character We simply observe the people of the town going about their lives The book s tone shifts from picaresque to melancholy to philosophical to satiric and on The narrative voice is that of the town gossips the women at the pump and Hamsun pulls it off brilliantly Even moments of solitude sound like they are being told my an elderly busybody If there is a hero in this book, it is Oliver Anderson an impotent cripple with a large family He is one of Hamsun s greatest creations He is a comic figure, who hustles after money, but he has some moving moments as well There is an extended scene where he sits at table eating candy with his daughters that is quite touching Sinclair Lewis write books like this one in order to convince readers that americans were dullards Hamsun s characters are limited people, often leading stunted lives But he gives them a certain dignity The last great lines of this book sum up its theme Small things and great occur a tooth falls from the mouth, a man out of the ranks, a sparrow to the ground


  8. Descending Angel Descending Angel says:

    Written in 1920, the year Hamsun won Nobel Prize for Literature This is a later Hamsun novel, one of his Nordland novels portraying everyday life in rural Norway For me, Hamsun is a really consistent writer, having written one of my favourite books of all time Mysteries and just being one of my favourite writer of all time The Women at the Pump has a number of different characters, each having their own thing going on and often the things are intertwined with the other character s going o Written in 1920, the year Hamsun won Nobel Prize for Literature This is a later Hamsun novel, one of his Nordland novels portraying everyday life in rural Norway For me, Hamsun is a really consistent writer, having written one of my favourite books of all time Mysteries and just being one of my favourite writer of all time The Women at the Pump has a number of different characters, each having their own thing going on and often the things are intertwined with the other character s going ons, it feels like a real rural village Often books that followthan one character get annoying because there is quite often character story arcs that you don t care about or don t care much for and you just want to get back to the ones you do Not in The Women at the Pump We have births, death, a sinking of the town s steamship, robbery and some pretty interesting conversations about reincarnation and generation gap There s always something going on A good Hamsun novel


  9. S.J. Pettersson S.J. Pettersson says:

    There is a quite interesting character, a doctor obsessed with the science of genealogy, specifically the genetical disposition for eye color, which we later find out is due to his attempts to figure out who is screwing who in this gossip filled village hence the title Kierkegaard wrote about a similar topic in his novella A Possibility in which a man is possessed by the science of physiognomy, in this case due to the fact that the only time he ever had sex was when his friends got him drun There is a quite interesting character, a doctor obsessed with the science of genealogy, specifically the genetical disposition for eye color, which we later find out is due to his attempts to figure out who is screwing who in this gossip filled village hence the title Kierkegaard wrote about a similar topic in his novella A Possibility in which a man is possessed by the science of physiognomy, in this case due to the fact that the only time he ever had sex was when his friends got him drunk years ago and took him to a brothel and that he, possibly, could have a child out of that occurrence This is widely considered to be based in fact and might sadly have been the only time Kierkegaard did have sex and which was directly responsible to his fear of physical erotic contact Poor Regine


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