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The Summer Book (original 1972; edition 2011)

by Tove Jansson

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Title:The Summer Book
Authors:Tove Jansson
Info:Sort Of (2011), Kindle Edition, 160 pages
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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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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 |
What makes this story so appealing is its tranquil and serene feel. A story of ordinary people sharing a special time together exploring the splendor of an island. They share secrets and adventures as their companionship grows. Memories are created, memories are revisited. Despite the quiet nature of this treasure seeps a depth between the lines. A grandmother whose time is closing imparts pearls of wisdom to her young granddaughter. She teaches in such a soft memorable manner young Sophia will remember this time and the messages imparted.

Sophia at an inquisitive age, receptive to learning, not afraid to ask questions. Realizing her grandmother is slipping away, she tenderly and loving plays the caregiver role. Intently listening and absorbing her grandmothers words and stories it is obvious of the special bond these two share. An unspoken connection as delicate and strong as a silken thread makes this lovely story even more special.

A light smooth read but heavy in depth and meaning. A prize all will enjoy.

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  Melinda_H | Apr 22, 2014 |
What makes this story so appealing is its tranquil and serene feel. A story of ordinary people sharing a special time together exploring the splendor of an island. They share secrets and adventures as their companionship grows. Memories are created, memories are revisited. Despite the quiet nature of this treasure seeps a depth between the lines. A grandmother whose time is closing imparts pearls of wisdom to her young granddaughter. She teaches in such a soft memorable manner young Sophia will remember this time and the messages imparted.

Sophia at an inquisitive age, receptive to learning, not afraid to ask questions. Realizing her grandmother is slipping away, she tenderly and loving plays the caregiver role. Intently listening and absorbing her grandmothers words and stories it is obvious of the special bond these two share. An unspoken connection as delicate and strong as a silken thread makes this lovely story even more special.

A light smooth read but heavy in depth and meaning. A prize all will enjoy.

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  Melinda_H | Apr 22, 2014 |
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Jansson, Toveprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Teal, ThomasTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freud, EstherForewordsecondary 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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