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
Original publication
2011

Impressions

    dariabutdariashared an impression8 months ago
    👍Worth reading
    💞Loved Up

    what a fantastic book full of heart-warming and ludicrous stories about an all-i-want-to-know little girl and her charming grandmother. be ready to the cheeks hurt from laughing. it’s magnificent, really!

    p.s. just read it whenever you want to feel (again) in your chest that soft and warm feeling of outgoing summer.

    Настя Мозговаяshared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    😄LOLZ

    какая тёплая и глубокая книга с искрой и лёгкостью.

    Marina Novelloshared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths

    La magia del vínculo entre una nieta y su abuela (además de la aventura de estar en una isla).

Quotes

    Настя Мозговаяhas quotedlast year
    It is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive.
    samuel adelugbahas quoted4 months ago
    “Don’t look so cross,” Grandmother whispered. “This is socialising, and you have to learn how to do it.”
    dariabutdariahas quoted8 months ago
    How silly, she thought. Why could I never bring myself to tell him I hate sherry? And now it’s too late. It really was a shame, seeing that she had now reached the age where a person can safely be truthful about small things.

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