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Beyond the Cold: Beyond the Cold: An American’s Warm Portrait of Norway

Michael Kleiner (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2854-7 ©2006
Price: $22.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 480 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

At age 11, Michael Kleiner spent 1969-70 in Norway with his family. During subsequent trips as an adult, Michael’s affection for the country grew; its people became a second family.

As an 11-year old, Michael Kleiner spent 1969-70 in Norway with his family, attended a Norwegian school, learned about the culture, the language and enjoyed unique experiences. He would not return to Norway until 1986 as an adult. During that and subsequent trips, Michael’s affection and appreciation for the country, its social system and people grew. The book is unique because it is told through a child’s eyes and memories and an adult’s perspective. The book is written with warmth, sensitivity, humor, caring and insight. Michael discovered the value of multiculturalism, a “second home and family” in Norway – a country that is more than cold weather.

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Customer Reviews

  Experience Norway , 08/26/2007
Reviewer: Carl Jaske
"Beyond the Cold" by Michael Kleiner will enthrall you with its warm insights into Norwegian culture and his introductions to the many friends that he has made during his travels around Norway. Kleiner insightfully describes attractions that you will surely want to visit on your travels to Norway. Or even if you never get to Norway, you will feel as if you’ve been there and have met Kleiner’s friends. From the author’s warm remembrances I learned that wherever your travels may take you, mixing and living with the locals adds a unique value and perspective that you will treasure always. Even though I do not normally read this type of non-fiction, the book held my attention and made we want to read on once I started it. "Beyond the Cold" is well written and tightly edited. I heartily recommend it.

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  To Learn about the World , 11/09/2006
Reviewer: Solomon Levy
“"Beyond the Cold” was a good and interesting book on several levels. One, it gave a good sense of Norway and the Norwegian people, their interpersonal relationships, and world view. The second was the autobiographical aspect of seeing a young man’s experiences that help shape him as I have come to know him over these last few years. This book in a quiet way makes an important case for a much broader educational experience about the need to know different cultures and the world views of different peoples for all of our young people. I wish I had had the international opportunities when I grew up.” Sol Levy, Ph. D., Philadelphia

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  I felt like I was in Norway! , 11/10/2006
Reviewer: Tina Harris
If I had known this book was so realistic, I would have wore my parka, snow boots, ear muffs and put in for a two-week vacation from work. I anticipated picking this book up again and again. Getting a nice hot cup of tea and letting Michael take me along with him to Norway, the Arctic Circle, through the mountains and on his train rides brought a whole new meaning to "Beyond the Cold" as just being the title of the book. I mean I was actually with him and seeing Northern lights, day and night at the same time and meeting some of the warmest people I've ever met. I would often stop reading, close my eyes, and be right there. Read It! Experience the warm feelings of (one of) the coldest part of the world. Tina Harris, Philadelphia

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  A Warm Portrait of Norway and the Norwegian People , 10/05/2007
Reviewer: Lois W. Stern
I am no stranger to fine travel books, memoirs, or books that define other cultures. But Michael Kleiner’s Beyond the Cold gives us all three in one. Beginning at age 11, when he and his family spent a full year in Norway, continuing through his seven return trips, this author lived and learned amongst Norwegians. He traveled the country with the refreshing eye of a native exploring his homeland for the first time, as he visited and revisited places of particular interest over a course of twenty-some years. We are treated to an insider’s view of the sites, hearts and minds of these people and the emotional tug these elements evoked for him as a growing boy and at various stages in his adult life. I could feel the excitement of discovery as I vicariously strolled through Frogner Park, giggling at the site of the charming statue of a young child in the midst of a temper tantrum! I could feel the anxiety of the author as an eleven-year old boy, suddenly plunged into a foreign country, all at once confronted with the multiple adjustments of new language, peer group, geography, climate, and customs. I learned a bit about Norwegian history, their museums, culinary treats, and ski trails. But most of all, this American author helped me internalize the meaning of true friendship through the warmth of the Norwegian people, their customs, lifestyle and values. Lois W. Stern Author of Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery

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  Memories of summers past , 04/14/2014
Reviewer: Peter Bruvik
I truly loved this book. My father left home (Bruvik, Norway) in 1937 and brought his family back for 3 marvelous summers during my youth. As a read "Beyond the Cold" I found myself traveling back in time, reliving the countless memories that I wasn't even aware I had. My only regret is that I haven't been able to take a similar trip with my boys back to their Grandfather's homeland. At least I've been able to share this book with them. Well done Michael, you're a gifted writer. Peter Bruvik

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