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Pan by Knut Hamsun
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Jul 22, 07

Read in February, 2007

Hamsun takes what may seem to be a strange step--at least to readers familiar with his other work--in this short novel. He focuses on Lt. Thomas Glahn, a self-described "Son of the Forest" living near a small village. Glahn's persona attracts many women; Glahn's persona destroys them. What Pan does, as a novel, is establish a very solid unreliable narrator, one who inspires thought in the reader about how being "connected to nature" has become a trend, a fad, something that must be made and cultivated instead of the connection it once was: Nature and man indivisible.
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