The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics)

The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics)

Tove Jansson


In The summer time Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer—its sun and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This short novel tells the tale of Sophia, a six-year-old woman awakening to life, and Sophia’s grandmother, nearing the tip of hers, as they spend the summer season on a tiny unspoiled island within the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and clever, if a bit cranky; Sophia is impetuous and risky, yet she has a tendency to her grandmother with the care of a brand new dad or mum. jointly they amble over beach and woodland in effortless companionship, construct boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fantastic examine of neighborhood insects. They talk about issues that subject to old and young alike: existence, loss of life, the character of God and of affection. “On an island,” thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” In The summer season Book, Jansson creates her personal entire international, packed with the numerous joys and sorrows of life.

Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll sketch and books introduced her foreign acclaim, lived for far of her lifestyles on an island just like the one defined in The summer time Book, and the paintings may be loved as her heavily saw magazine of the sounds, points of interest, and think of a summer season spent in intimate touch with the average world. 

The summer season Book is translated from the Swedish through Thomas Teal.

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