Books: Life in a Cold Climate

THE SCANDINAVIANS by Donald S. Connery. 590 pages. Simon & Schuster. $7.95.

When the author paid his first visit to the place in 1948, he knew only that the Scandinavians "were people in a northern world of dark days and bright nights who read a lot of books, enjoyed good plumbing and had some problems about love and laughter in a cold climate."

A diligent reporter, Donald Connery set out in subsequent years (first as a TIME correspondent and later as freelance writer) to learn more. His chief conclusion, and the thesis of this lively...

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