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A 1926 Review of Two Vagabonds in Sweden and Lapland: Weak Beer, Knife-wielding Babies and Swarms of Biting Insects

I came across the following review of " Two Vagabonds in Sweden and Lapland " in the Dundee Courier - Friday 16 July 1926. This book was one of Jan and Cora Gordon's " Two Vagabonds" series  and includes, amongst many others, stories about " The master fiddler " and pagan music . Here's the review: SIDELIGHTS ON LIFE IN SWEDEN The menu of what was simply an ordinary lunch in Sweden will astonish most people as it certainly astonished these two clever itinerants, Jan and Cora Gordon , who have just published " Two Vagabonds in Sweden and Lapland ." Swedish men and women, we are told, eat breakfast at eleven and lunch at four. The variety and magnitude of the viands on the luncheon table suggests baronial feasts of the Middle Ages. In a hotel dining-room the first thing that strikes the eye is the large table, centred with a mountain of butter, which is flanked by tall stands upon which various kinds of bread are heaped—hard