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The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics) (original 1972; edition 2008)
by Tove Jansson, Kathryn Davis (Introduction), Thomas Teal (Translator)
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (1972)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0954221710, Paperback)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.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:41 -0400)
"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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