The Year of Living Danishly - Helen Russell


The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

It will surprise none of you that this memoir of a magazine writer and her husband’s year transitioning from London to rural Denmark reads like a very long magazine article.

While it was at times repetitive to an annoying degree, and I strongly considered just laying it aside, I didn’t think it was horrible. It was fluffy. It dealt with the hygge trend, offered up some anecdotes about how weird northern european types are, like a lot of anecdotes, and tried to, over and over, find what it meant to be happy, and how to get there. How is it that such a depressing country ranked so high in happiness?

Best suited for those who want more than coffee table books on Hygge will give them. But also more than a travel memoir will give, letting us get to know neighbors, acquaintances and friends. It amused me, but it had less to do with what she wrote than the facts themselves. Who knew this is what Denmark was really up to?

It turns out she gave an hour-long talk which you can watch on youtube about her year as well, which might suit you better than reading this over several hours. I haven't watched it in full, so I can't swear it's the same or better.

Pages: 354
Year: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Icon Books

Read: 26 May 2017 to 29 May 2017
Stars: 2 (ambivalent)