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by Tove Jansson
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kerry
kerry rated it 7 years ago
Everything that is the beauty of summer is in this book.Everything I hope to be as a grandmother is in this book. Everything in this book is all sensitive moss and red spiders.
oh, carrots.
oh, carrots. rated it 7 years ago
"'Do you believe I can dive without me showing you?' the child asked.'Yes, of course,' Grandmother said.”--"An island can be dreadful for someone from outside. Everything is complete, and everyone has his obstinate, sure and self-sufficient place."
auntieannie
auntieannie rated it 7 years ago
Delightful and dour all at the same time. So many things to like, especially the relationship between Sophia and her grandmother. One of the things I liked best though was the expansiveness of time and rest in the book. Everyone, even hard-working Papa, is slipping away to take a nap at various time...
lauredhel
lauredhel rated it 8 years ago
Nothing sad "happens", quite, in The Summer Book, but now I feel like maybe I'll have a little weep. Maybe just because it's over.
Kinga's Reading
Kinga's Reading rated it 8 years ago
A six-year old girl spends the summers with her grandmother on a small island in the gulf of Finland. The girl's father is there, too, but he's mainly working and a background character. The relationship is not a kissy-huggy one. The grandmother is quite caustic at times and Sophie seems to shout a ...
Ms. Margie
Ms. Margie rated it 9 years ago
I remember Tove Jansson as the author of the Moomintroll children's books, and had no idea she wrote books for adults, as well. This book is a collection of vignettes about Sophie and her grandmother, on the island where they spend their summers. Sophie's father is mentioned in some of the vignett...
Books by the Lake
Books by the Lake rated it 10 years ago
A quiet depiction of the emotional life of a very old woman and a very young girl, in the setting of a small northern island. Pitch-perfect right to the end. Besides the exquisite last chapter, I think the one about the tent and the memories of scouting spoke to me most, but there were too many grea...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 10 years ago
Condition: NewGreener Books UK £0.01Translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal. Foreward by Esther Freud. Some lovely photographic plates included.The start:The Morning Swim.It was an early, very warm morning in July, and it had rained during the night.RE-READ DETAILS:Sophia recalls summer time with...
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