Jansson, Tove The Summer Book

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The Summer Book

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In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. 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. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life.

Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world. 

The Summer Book is translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal.

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Tove Jansson was a genius. This is a marvellous, beautiful, wise novel, which is also very funny. (Philip Pullman)

This is a wonderful, life-affirming, spirited book. Reading it was a tonic. (Chris Stewart (author, Driving Over Lemons))

Eccentric, funny, wise, full of joys and small adventures. This is a book for life. (Esther Freud)

About the Author:

Tove Jansson was born in Helsinki in 1914. She captured much of her own life and spirit in The Summer Book, which was her personal favourite among her own novels. She is most famous for the series of Moomin characters which she created in 1945. Her books have been compared to the works of Lewis Carroll and J.R.R Tolkien. Jansson died on 27 June 2001.

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