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The Summer Book - Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
The Summer Book
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In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on... show more
In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life. Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world. The Summer Book is translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590172681 (159017268X)
ASIN: 159017268X
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 170
Edition language: English
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What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment rated it
5.0 The Summer Book
Give me all the Tove Jansson now, please.
fromfirstpagetolast
fromfirstpagetolast rated it
I received a copy of this book from Trip Fiction in exchange for an honest review. This review first appeared on the Trip Fiction site. This is the first book I have read by Tove Jansson, better known as the creator of the Moomins. The Summer Book is the tale of an elderly woman and her granddau...
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it
5.0 The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics)
The short of it is that this is the best book I've read in at least a year, maybe longer. The story of a young girl, Sophia, spending the summer on a small island in Finland. Like the setting of her famous Moomin books, this book's island is based on the one where Jansson spend 30 summers. The writ...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
4.0 The Summer Book
I have read most of Jannson's works for children, but this is the first of her novels for adults that I have read. It is my opinion that Jansson was the greatest of all Children's writers and the most under-appreciated writer of any kind. This book reaffirms that opinion. This book is also illus...
Christine's Book Adventures
Christine's Book Adventures rated it
4.0 Unexpectantly satisfying
coverLooking at the cover, I easily dreamt myself to an island to spend my summer holidays on. Love it!   my thoughts I picked up "The Summer Book" when the summer was already over and autumn greeted me with leaves falling from the trees. I was not quite ready to believe that the summer was over and...
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