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The Rodmell Book Group usually meets on the 4th Monday of the month in the Abergavenny Arms, 8pm.

24th June 2019

Knut Hamsun

Recommended by Barbara Adderley

A stranger, Nagel, arrives in a Norwegian seaside town, and his eccentricity, attracts attention. He carries a small bottle of prussic acid, a vial of deadly poison on his person and an empty violin case. He walked miles every day looking for what, nobody ever knew. Nagel talks too much, very much to the provincial townsfolk’s curiosity – they are both attracted and repelled. He falls in love with Dagny Kielland, the pastor’s daughter, but she has a fiancée who’s absent in the army. Nagel knows of another man who fell in love with her who ended up taking his own life. She is cool, stunning and dangerous.

To find out about the books we hope to read over the forthcoming months, see the Groups section of this website.

Catriona Grant organises our Book Group meetings – please do let her know if there’s anyone who would like to be added to the Book Group email list.

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Usually the books we read can be obtained from Lewes Library. Otherwise, copies can be bought online (new or secondhand) at discounted prices from Amazon, Abe Books, The Book Depository, Waterstone Market Place, and Ebay.