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by Eric Dregni

Eric Dregnis great-grandfather Ellef fled Norway in 1893 when it was the poorest country in Europe. More than one hundred years later, his great-grandson traveled back to find thatmostly due to oil and natural gas discoveriesit is now the richest. The circumstances of his return were serendipitous, as the notice that Dregni won a Fulbright Fellowship to go there arrived the same week as the knowledge that his wife Katy was pregnant. Braving a birth abroad and benefiting from a remarkably generous health care system, the Dregnis family came full circle when their son Eilif was born in Norway.

In this cross-cultural memoir, Dregni tells the hair-raising, hilarious, and sometimes poignant stories of his familys yearlong Norwegian experiment. Among the exploits he details are staying warm in a remote grass-roofed hytte (hut), surviving a dinner of rakfisk (fermented fish) thanks to 80-proof aquavit, and identifying his great-grandfathers house in the Lusterfjord only to find out it had been crushed by a boulder and then swept away by a river. To subsist on a student stipend, he rides the meat bus to Sweden for cheap salami with a busload of knitting pensioners. A week later, he and his wife travel to the Lofoten Islands and gnaw on klippefisk (dried cod) while cats follow them through the streets.

Dregnis Scandinavian roots do little to prepare him and his family for the year in Trondheim eating herring cakes, obeying the conformist Janteloven (Jantes law), and enduring the mørketid (dark time). In Cod We Trust is one Minnesota familys spirited excursion into Scandinavian life. The land of the midnight sun is far stranger than they previously thought, and their encounters show that there is much we can learn from its unique and surprising culture.

Download In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream epub
ISBN: 0816656231
ISBN13: 978-0816656233
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Europe
Author: Eric Dregni
Language: English
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (September 22, 2008)
Pages: 216 pages
ePUB size: 1202 kb
FB2 size: 1752 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 476
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I read this book before heading to Norway on a ten-day tour. I wanted to learn a bit about the culture ahead of time, and I discovered this book. Eric writes with a sense of humor about the year he and his wife spent in Trondheim, Norway, attempting to fit in to the local culture. Because he and his wife Katy are American, I figured their perspectives on the cultural differences might be similar to mine, and that was true. Whether or not you are heading to Scandinavia, if you have an interest in Norway and its people, this would be an enjoyable read.
A young man and pregnant wife move to Trondheim, Norway for a year of research. We know about the relatives who came here; this is the experience of one of us who goes there and finds the Norwegians just as strange as the Americans must have been to my grandparents. Along the way we learn about their health care system, their social mores (“Janteloven”), their food and Aquavit, the meat bus to Sweden, what to do when the sun doesn’t come up and the Home Land. Absolutely delightful.
Each chapter heading is a string of one to four hanging fish (like cod drying). They are of two sizes, and the smaller are of three shadings. They form a repeating sequence of six patterns. Has anyone decoded them?
This narrative describes the experiences of an American couple living in Norway. Their description and reaction to the local customs are interesting for other Americans who plan to visit this country.
I enjoyed the book very much. I could not put it down, I love reading fish out of water stories. The only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars is the fact that it left me wanting more. I felt like there was a whole other books worth of material he left out. And no pictures in the kindle version, but i'm sure that was the publishers decision.
Super good read. Well written. My grandfather immigrated from Norway and I am always looking for more and more info and personal views and insights to the people and culture that is my hertitage - this book provided that! Takke!
I loved this book! It was cute and funny and a great light read while my dad, my husband, and I were traipsing around Norway this summer.
I have read this book a couple of times and also sent it as a gift to a relative. Who knew Norway is oil-rich? I didn't! The book gives good insight into modern Norwegian culture. It is funny and very interesting as the author and his wife try to make there way in their new (ancestral) homeland. For instance: some Norwegians bundle their babies up and put them outside to sleep! I have been sleeping with my window open since I read this...evidently cold air is good for you. And I am desperate to try porridge! You will enjoy this book.