The Summer Book

The Summer Book

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"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." -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c1972.
ISBN: 9781590176825
1590176820
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Davis, Kathryn
Teal, Thomas
Contents: Introduction
The morning swim
Moonlight
The magic forest
The scolder
Berenice
The pasture
Playing Venice
Dead calm
The cat
The cave
The road
Midsummer
The tent
The neighbor
The robe
The enormous plastic sausage
The crooks
The visitor
Of angleworms and others
Sophia's storm
Day of danger
August.
Summary: "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." -- Publisher's description.

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lukasevansherman
May 18, 2018

I really liked Jansson's "The True Deceiver," and I liked this too, although it's a lighter, slighter work about a young girl and her grandma living on an island.

chin_chopper Apr 27, 2017

This was recommended to be by a cousin with whom I share happy summer cottage memories. I found the book to be much more about the relationship of child to grandma than anything else, though very evocative of long seemingly aimless summer days. Also loved the little drawings.

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santiano9
Apr 17, 2017

Wonderful, wonderful book. Its simplicity is so uplifting and just made me feel good to read about the little girl, her grandmother and father spending their summer on a small island off the coasts of Finland.

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mclarjh
Aug 04, 2016

Simple vignettes, spare writing style.

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CAPoppy
Jul 08, 2015

I enjoyed reading this short book but I wanted to love it. It read like an Impressionist painting which used a lot of descriptive prose to develop each scene. A sweet and sometimes funny story which doesnt always flow easily throughout the chapters. Not the masterpiece I wanted but definitely worth reading.

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sllgatsby
Apr 02, 2014

Best book I've read in at least a year, maybe two. So simple, yet so loaded with meaning and emotion.

Cdnbookworm Oct 09, 2012

This classic is a collection of vignettes illustrating summer months spent on an island in the Finnish archipelago. Jansson spent a great deal of her life on such an island, so knew it well. Here we have Sophia, a young girl spending the summer on the island with her grandmother and her father. The point of view moves seamlessly between Sophia and her grandmother, changing back and forth often and in a way that flows. The grandmother is ageing and her body doesn't always allow her to do what she wishes. Sometimes she gets cranky, but her love for Sophia shows. Sophia is impetuous and eager, but also emotional and sentimental. Her emotions are not checked and we see her anger, frustration, and eagerness. She seems to have boundless energy.
These glimpses reveal all the aspects of summer, from visitors to storms, lazy days to short jaunts. Sophia's father is a shadowy figure, present in the background only in all except the storm vignette where he plays a larger role. The two females are co-conspirators and entertain and look after each other. A lovely little book, timeless and full of nature.

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deathbird
Sep 12, 2011

summer is trapped within the pages of this book. read just for the descriptions of the tiny island and the things sophia and her grandmother got up to.

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sdoubleu
Jul 18, 2011

I really enjoyed the subtle plot and character development. Some inference is required, so that it feels almost like you are helping to create the story.

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macierules
Aug 30, 2010

This book is on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list...simple, elegant prose and very little plot. Tove Jansson wrote this when she was 60, the year after her mother passed away.

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