Reader's Digest International - - Letters - SVEIN OLAV OSE, Nor­way

Per­haps I’m one of the few who have read all the Nor­we­gian is­sues of Reader’s Digest since it started in 1947. The mag­a­zines were on the book­shelf at home, and I learned to read at an early age. The ma­te­rial is ed­u­ca­tional and easy-to-read, and the lan­guage has been nearly flaw­less. Con­tent and tech­ni­cal qual­ity have var­ied, but it has good pub­lic in­for­ma­tion. Oc­ca­sion­ally, I take out an old is­sue to read again. The fun­ni­est ar­ti­cles are the many fu­tur­is­tic vi­sion­ar­ies—an op­ti­mistic be­lief in the fu­ture al­ways in­flu­ences the mag­a­zine. Even the ads can be nice to look at, although in the early years they must have been meant for an Amer­i­can mid­dle class. Type­writ­ers, flights and such did not have the slight­est in­ter­est for the av­er­age Nor­we­gian then. But it gave a glimpse of the big world.

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