Tove Jansson

The Summer Book

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The Worldwide Classic about a tiny island and larger love.
‘The Summer Book is a marvellously uplifting read, full of gentle humour and wisdom.’ Daily TelegraphAn elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter while away 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. New and beautifully presented edition of a Scandinavian literary classic by Finland's most translated author should appeal to all ages dissolving boundaries between fiction, biography and travel.
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139 printed pages
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Marina Novello
Marina Novelloshared an impression2 months ago
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La magia del vínculo entre una nieta y su abuela (además de la aventura de estar en una isla).

Rosa Jasmin Elise
Rosa Jasmin Eliseshared an impression4 years ago

Story of summer on an island. Quiet yet filled with strong will. A tale of the only things that matter.

MMshared an impression10 months ago
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Nicole Andersen
Nicole Andersenhas quoted6 months ago
After a while Sophia asked, “Are you sure the door is closed?”

“It’s open,” her grandmother said. “It’s always open; you can sleep quite easy.”
Duhovnaya Vladislava
Duhovnaya Vladislavahas quoted8 months ago
“Only farmers and summer guests walk on the moss… The second time it doesn’t rise back up. And the third time you step on moss, it dies. Eider ducks are the same way – the third time you frighten them up from their nests, they never come back.”
Marieke van Dam
Marieke van Damhas quoted10 months ago
athering is peculiar, because you see nothing but what you’re looking for. If you’re picking raspberries, you see only what’s red, and if you’re looking for bones you see only the white. No matter where you go, the only thing you see is bones.

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