Item description for The Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders by Richard Sale...
Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.69" Width: 4.17" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.13 lbs.
Release Date Jun 20, 2000
Publisher Oval Books
ISBN 1902825322 ISBN13 9781902825328
Availability 0 units.
More About Richard Sale
Richard Sale has climbed and trekked all over the world. After university he worked as a glaciologist at Switzerland's Jungfraujoch. He pursued a career as a scientist before becoming a full-time writer and photographer. His previous books include Arctic Odyssey, an account of his travels in the high Arctic, On Top of the World, a history of the 8000m peaks, and To the Ends of the Earth, the history of Polar Exploration.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders?
pricey Jun 9, 2007
For the outrageous price one gets a very succint introduction into the habits of the Icelanders, not entirely updated.
It is very good for a two hours fun read for someone who does not really plan to visit the country. The amount of information given is more easily gathered through a TV documentary though, and anyone wishing real help should address oneself elsewhere.
To keep matters very light but do it more usefully, about 40 more pages would have sufficed, together with a more rational partition of topics.
I would have appreciated more attention to the intercourse between foreigners and natives, not excluding the more friendly or even intimate point of view.
The author exploits the customary habit of British essayist of making fun of every detail. He does it very well and I found myself laughing silly at times, but puns in the end tend to get in the way of information instead of helping one to memorise it.
Greetings from Iceland Apr 10, 2003
This humorous "guide" gives insight to the character and behavior of the Icelanders. Everything from knitting to politics is covered. Some of the information given in this book is now outdated, such as the restrictions on the importation of dairy products. These tend to be minor details and do not take away from the quality of the book. No pictures.
Great & Humorous Insight Nov 1, 2002
What a delightful surprise I had in store when I purchase this book for a friend that will be traveling to Iceland for the first time. I couldn't put it down once I opened it. Filled with humor and hopefully some truth it is delightful from start to finish. Now I wish I were the one traveling to Iceland!
Fantastic portrayal of a nation Jun 28, 2000
This book is fantastic. I'm Icelandic myself and everything this book states is completely correct and a greatly humorous view of the nation. Apart from a few misspelling Icelandic names and concepts this book is wonderful