In Cod We Trust
Living the Norwegian Dream
By (author) Eric Dregni
In Cod We Trust by Eric Dregni
Book DescriptionEric Dregni s 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 that mostly due to oil and natural gas discoveries it 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 family s 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-grandfather s 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.Dregni s Scandinavian roots do little to prepare him and his family for the year in Trondheim eating herring cakes, obeying the conformist "Janteloven" (Jante s law), and enduring the "morketid" (dark time). "In Cod We Trust" is one Minnesota family s 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."
Buy In Cod We Trust book by Eric Dregni from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780816656240
(216mm x 137mm x 13mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2011
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eric Dregni
View all books by Eric Dregni
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about In Cod We Trust book by Eric Dregni and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Eric Dregni
Eric Dregni lives in Minneapolis, is dean of the Italian Concordia Language Village, and is assistant professor of English and journalism at Concordia University. He is the author of sixteen books, including four other titles from the University of Minnesota Press: "Vikings in the Attic, Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy s Culinary Capital, Midwest Marvels, "and" Minnesota Marvels.""
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-2pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2016. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687