I found this book to be interesting in most places, but also a little odd. I was expecting more of a historical/cultural exploration but instead it was almost a biography/travelogue. But I learned a lot and would recommend it, especially to anyone interested in Scandinavian literature.
I loved the personal narrative, conversational tone, of this book. I read it before I went to Scandinavia and found it gave me a wide-ranging view of the history and nature of Scandinavians. It debunked a lot of myths about Vikings, for example. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The author, a long term resident of Oslo, gives us a little history along with anecdotes from everyday life in Oslo and his travels around Scandinavia. A good introduction to Scandinavian life and culture.
Much of the text was about individuals the author came to know. It was too personal for my taste. I think the book title was misleading in that I expected the book to be about the culture of the Nordic people rather than about personal acquaintances.
This in-depth exploration of Scandinavian culture over several centuries is thoroughly researched. The content is interspersed with the British author's experiences and conversations with people in Denmark, Norway and Sweden (where he lives).