THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF NORWAY by Claudette Charbonneau

THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF NORWAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In the ``Portraits of the Nations'' series, a readable, serviceable survey of the country hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics. Emphasizing the role of Norway's rugged topography and inhospitable climate in forming its national character, the authors trace its revered traits of self-reliance and indomitability from the fearless bravado of Vikings to the present reluctance to join the EC. Peripheral information, much of it fascinating, is set off in boxes--e.g., on two competing forms of literary Norwegian or on the 1066 Viking invasion of England (just before the Norman Conquest). The book is well illustrated with b&w photos and maps, though the omission of latitude lines detracts from comparisons of climate and agriculture elsewhere in similar latitudes, while the assertion that Norway (spanning 13+ degrees of latitude) is the longest country in Europe is true only if European Russia (spanning 30 degrees) isn't considered. A major challenge in such a work is selection. Generally, what's included here--with a few exceptions- -is significant. Comprehensive annotated bibliography of books; short lists of magazines, pamphlets, and films (with sources). Index not seen. (Nonfiction. 11+)

Pub Date: March 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-020573-3
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1993




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