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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
A Swedish Adventure in America: Daybook Journals of Albrekt Lundquist 1910-1924 by Albrekt Lundquist and Linda Lundquist Molitor is a biography that captures the journey of a twenty-year-old young man leaving Sweden for greener pastures in the United States during the early 1900s. Follow this young man who had to face untold challenges, including communication difficulties, numerous hardships, financial constraints, and personal issues. Albrekt's story paints a vivid, realistic image of what it felt like to be an immigrant at the turn of the century.
In this biography, the reader shares in his unique experiences and events that took place during Lundquist's lifetime, the famous people he met, like the violinist Axel Skovgaard, the exhibitions at the Golden Gate Park, Chinatown in San Francisco and a lot more. Albrekt Lundquist and Linda Lundquist Molitor offer powerful social and cultural commentaries and share his experience of WWI for which he was drafted. Told in a humorous tone, A Swedish Adventure in America: Daybook Journals of Albrekt Lundquist 1910-1924 offers both information and entertainment.
At times the reader has the feeling that the author's sense of humor helped him survive difficult times. And he survived well enough to build his own home and raise a family. This story has relevant lessons for contemporary immigrants, in spite of the fact that Lundquist's story starts at the turn of the century. It is a tale of adventure, of grit, and a man's resolve to create a life in a far-off foreign land. It's a celebration of battles won and a dream achieved and is packed with wisdom and insight.