The Great Hunger is Bojer's best known novel, this side the water. The theme of this story suggests, dimly, that of the recently published Duel, though it is not so unusual a book. A picture of Norway, in the years leading up to the war, then reaching a peak of prosperity, then dropping again. Against this background is told the story of two friends, schoolmates, one of whom achieves spectacular riches, and then loses all; the other, slowly and surely reaching security in his profession and able to share it with his friend, in their maturity. There is a growing market for Norwegian stories and this will appeal to that audience. A thoughtful book -- though not a widely popular one.