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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

Full of brusque humour and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story.

An elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter while away a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. Gradually, the two learn to adjust to each other’s fears, whims and yearnings for independence, and a fierce yet understated love emerges – one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the island itself, with its mossy rocks, windswept firs and unpredictable seas.

Full of brusque humour and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story. Tove Jansson captured much of her own experience and spirit in the book, which was her favourite of the novels she wrote for adults. This new edition sees the return of a European literary gem – fresh, authentic and deeply humane.

The Summer BookThe Summer Book by Tove Jansson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cute and sentimental stories about growing up with grandma, which I enjoyed reading about. I read this one for Life’s Library Book Club.

Some of the stories were so enduring and fun to read about.

I did feel quite of the majority were that type of story that you had to have been there for or part of the family to truly immerse yourself in the more meaningful aspect of it all.

It wasn’t entirely my cup of tea but I really appreciated it for what it was.

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