Books: Boo's Bow

THE LONG DREAM — Sigrid Boo — Dutton ($2.50).

Americans think of Norway as a cold slice of northern forest and fjord, of Norwegian writers as weighty (like Sigrid Undset) or gloomy (like Knut Hamsun). But a Norwegian novel published this week is as different from this preconception as its author's startling name. It could have been written in any country of Europe.

An Oslo Kathleen Norris whose eight books have been translated into 13 languages, Sigrid Boo (rhymes with Hoo) at 40 makes her first U. S. bow with The Long Dream. As befits the country that originated the langlauf (long-distance ski...

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