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Boyhood in Norway Stories of Boy-Life in the Land of the Midnight Sun   By: (1848-1895)

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Boyhood in Norway is a heartwarming collection of stories that offers a captivating glimpse into the lives of Norwegian boys in the 19th century, under the enchanting backdrop of the Midnight Sun. Written by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen, this book beautifully captures the essence of boyhood, with its innocent adventures, coming-of-age dilemmas, and delightful mischief.

Boyesen skillfully weaves together a series of episodic tales, capturing the imaginations of his readers from start to finish. With vivid descriptions and a keen eye for detail, he transports us to the breathtaking landscapes of Norway, where fjords, mountains, and deep forests become the playgrounds of these young protagonists. Through their eyes, we are introduced to the wonders and mysteries of the natural world, and the interconnectedness between humans and their environment.

One of the standout qualities of Boyhood in Norway is the authenticity with which Boyesen renders the dialogue and interactions between the boys. Their conversations are genuine and relatable, showcasing the universal nature of friendship, camaraderie, and the challenges of growing up. The author establishes a deep emotional resonance, allowing readers of all ages to connect with the characters and their experiences.

Moreover, Boyesen expertly integrates Norwegian folklore and mythology into the narrative, further enriching the stories and providing readers with a deeper understanding of Norwegian culture. Through encounters with mythical creatures, such as trolls and nisse, or learning age-old traditions like chasing the reindeer across the snowy landscapes, the boys' lives become intertwined with the lore of their ancestors. These aspects give the book a mythical and timeless quality, elevating it beyond a mere collection of boyhood anecdotes.

While Boyhood in Norway is primarily aimed at younger readers, its universal themes and engaging storytelling will captivate readers of all ages. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving traditions, embracing nature, and cherishing the bonds of friendship. Boyesen's writing is filled with warmth and authenticity, painting a vivid and idyllic picture of Norwegian boyhood that will leave readers yearning for more.

In conclusion, Boyhood in Norway is a treasured literary gem that immerses readers in the magical world of Norwegian boyhood. With its skillful storytelling, relatable characters, and stunning descriptions of the Norwegian landscape, Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen has crafted an enchanting collection that will stay with readers long after they turn the final page.

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BOYHOOD IN NORWAY

Stories Of Boy Life In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

By Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

CONTENTS

THE BATTLE OF THE RAFTS THE CLASH OF ARMS BICEPS GRIMLUND'S CHRISTMAS VACATION THE NIXY'S STRAIN THE WONDER CHILD "THE SONS OF THE VIKINGS" PAUL JESPERSEN'S MASQUERADE LADY CLARE THE STORY OF A HORSE BONNYBOY THE CHILD OF LUCK THE BEAR THAT HAD A BANK ACCOUNT

THE BATTLE OF THE RAFTS

I. THE ORIGIN OF THE WAR

A deadly feud was raging among the boys of Numedale. The East Siders hated the West Siders, and thrashed them when they got a chance; and the West Siders, when fortune favored them, returned the compliment with interest. It required considerable courage for a boy to venture, unattended by comrades, into the territory of the enemy; and no one took the risk unless dire necessity compelled him.

The hostile parties had played at war so long that they had forgotten that it was play; and now were actually inspired with the emotions which they had formerly simulated. Under the leadership of their chieftains, Halvor Reitan and Viggo Hook, they held councils of war, sent out scouts, planned midnight surprises, and fought at times mimic battles. I say mimic battles, because no one was ever killed; but broken heads and bruised limbs many a one carried home from these engagements, and unhappily one boy, named Peer Oestmo, had an eye put out by an arrow... Continue reading book >>




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