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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

The Summer Book (original 1972; edition 2011)

by Tove Jansson

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Title:The Summer Book
Authors:Tove Jansson
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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (1972)

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    Jannes: Interconnected stories abour childhood and endless summers. Bradbury is more fantastical, while Jansson leans more to the realistic and understated, but both books runs over with wonderful and lyrical prose, and both captures a sense of childhood and summer i a way that is very rare.… (more)
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Tove Jansson's "The Summer Book" is a quiet novel that makes for an enjoyable and quick read, though the story lacks a bit of depth.

The story centers on a young girl and her grandmother as they spend their summer on a small island in Finland. The girl, Sophia, has just lost her mother and grows closer to her grandmother as the summer wears on.

The vignettes are mostly sweet and evocative of island life. The book is aptly named and makes for a good summer beach read. ( )
  amerynth | Aug 11, 2014 |
A grandmother and her young granddaughter come to stay on an island for the summer. The mother of the granddaughter, we soon learn, has recently died. Jansson is too good of a writer to let the story circle around and around that, but the mother’s death lies quietly at the heart of the book. The real focus is the beautiful way the grandmother and granddaughter grow closer and closer. Jansson is a master and this book is a deserved classic. ( )
  debnance | Jul 27, 2014 |
Beautiful book, believable and true voices of the Grandmother and Sophia. Grandmother's son's wife has died and, she, the son and Sophia spend their summers on a remote island off of Finland in a cottage the family has had for 40 some years. Highly, highly recommended! ( )
  Eurekas | May 1, 2014 |
A series of slice-of-life stories about a small island and the people who summer there - in particular exploring the relationship between a girl and her grandmother - this slim volume illustrates the quiet, understated power of Jansson's prose. A lovely light read with a surprisingly persistent resonance - holds up very well to multiple re-readings. ( )
  milkyfangs | Apr 26, 2014 |
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Teal, ThomasTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was an early, very warm morning in July, and it had rained during the night.
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Che cosa strana è l'amore, disse Sofia. Più si ama l'altro e meno l'altro ti ama.
È assolutamente vero, osservò la nonna. E allora che cosa si può fare?
Si continua ad amare, disse Sofia minacciosamente. Si ama sempre peggio".
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An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter are away on a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself. Written in a clear, unsentimental style, full of brusque humour, and wisdom, "The Summer Book" is a profoundly life-affirming story. Tove Jansson captured much of her own life and spirit in the book, which was her favourite of her adult novels. This new edition, with a Foreword by Esther Freud, sees the return of a European literary gem - fresh, authentic and deeply humane.

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"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." -- Publisher's description.

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