Book Review — Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Today we’re reviewing a translation of a classic work by Norwegian author, Knut Hamsun, Hunger.

This is the story about a starving artist.

I listened to this as an audiobook over the course of a slow night at work and at first, I wasn’t really that into it. The book came highly recommended to me though, and I didn’t have anything better to do so I let it keep playing and after about the first quarter I was sold. Now I must admit that I am biased. As a struggling writer and someone with a love of the starving artists trope, there was no way that I was not going to love this book, but it really is good. The narrator is possibly unreliable, definitely self-destructive, and obsessed with both his writing and an image of himself that he wants the world to see. I had a hard time getting into it at first like I said, but once I was interested, but investment only continued to grow. A thing worth noting, is that I think my issue getting involved in the story was the narration, I mean the audiobook’s , not the book itself, and I have a feeling that if I had been actually reading this, I would have had no problem getting invested. I have a suspicion that this might be a new favorite and that I need to actually read it, rather than listen to it, to figure it all out. I don’t know. Right now this is going on my “to read again” list. Hopefully, I will be able to figure out a more in depth idea of what this was after I physically read it. I think it could be a favorite.

I’m thinking about going more in depth with my reviews. I have tried to keep them brief and to the point so far but if you are interested in reviews that go deeper into the themes or meaning of the work (ideally without spoilers) let me know. I’m always interested in feedback and deeper discussions of these works could be fun to dive into.

So what do you think? Would you be interested in deeper reviews? Have you read Hunger? Did you enjoy it? Do you ever have issues with a book specifically because you chose to listen to it as an audiobook rather than physically reading it? Comment, Clap, or Share if you enjoyed this review. Let me know what you are enjoying and what you think I need to work on. I’ll be back on Thursday with the return of my writing series. Thank you to everyone who is reading and has been patient with my slower rate of posts over the last couple of weeks. It’s good to be back!

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