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Nderstated love emerges one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the island itself with its mossy rocks windswept firs and unpredictable seasFull of brusue humour and wisdom The Summer Book is a profoundly life affirm. As luck would have it there was a Tove Jansson exhibition on at the Helsinki Ateneum while I was in town August marks the centenary of her birth It s still strange to me to realise that a hundred years ago is only the twentieth century now To me last century still suggests Oscar Wilde Thomas Hardy Amidst all the seascapes moody self portraits and Moomin sketches I was fascinated by a video exhibit that showed a loop of grainy home movie footage Tove and her partner Tuulikki Pietil on their island in the Pellinkis laughing in the sun wearing baggy knitted jumpers and looking as people always do in grainy home movie footage especially deadIn some ways death is the central theme of this book but to say so gives entirely the wrong impression it is light charming funny enriching very alive not remotely morbid or depressing The island where it s set is not uite the one from the home movies but it s very nearby Much of the flora and fauna bird cherry trees long tailed ducks are also common in the Kalevala and conseuently these species now seem to me rightly or wrongly to be archetypally Finnish Anyway this small rural island provides a closed literally insular world within which our two characters little Sophia and Grandmother only ever so called can talk play learn This could so easily be twee or trite ha ha kids say the funniest things and old folks have lots of homespun wisdom to impart but it s not it s brilliant I believed every word The chapters are independent anecdotes which blend into each other in the way that summer days do when you re very youngI find this sort of writing which has no real plot but is all about exploring characters very hard to do and I am always lost in admiration when I see it done well Sophia and Grandmother strike me as absolutely real but even the cameos are brilliantly described Jansson has a real flair for these thumbnail character sketches unusual and specificEriksson was small and strong and the colour of the landscape except that his eyes were blue When people talked about him or thought about him it seemed natural to lift their heads and gaze out over the sea As long as he stayed he had everyone s undivided attention No one did anything no one looked at anything but Eriksson They would hang on his every word and when he was gone and nothing had actually been said their thoughts would dwell gravely on what he had left unspokenSophia s endearing curiosity and strong mindedness her grandmother s no nonsense brand of wisdom are things that readers will have to discover for themselves resistant as they are to being captured in uotations One of my favourite chapters was the one where Grandmother was visited by an old friend and we see her for the first time away from Sophia and talking to another grown up we realise that talking to adults reuires just as much care and dissembling as talking to childrenSuddenly he burst out And now Backmansson is gone Where did he go He is no longer among us Verner explained angrily Oh you mean he s dead said Grandmother She started thinking about all the euphemisms for death all the anxious taboos that had always fascinated her It was too bad you could never have an intelligent discussion on the subject People were either too young or too old or else they didn t have timeJansson manages to have her cake and eat it too She allows us to enjoy Grandmother in all her magisterial forthrightness but she herself as a writer is anything but blunt She is subtle and the book s themes accumulate gradually while you re concentrating on something elseIt has to be said too that the American English translation from Thomas Teal is outstanding almost flawless Sort Of Books who reprinted this in Britain went on to commission translations of all Jansson s other fiction for adults including from Teal once they d tracked him down he produced The Summer Book in the 1970s and temporarily retired from translating soon after to concentrate on speechwriting Sort Of also paid him accumulated royalties even though he didn t own any of the copyright he tells the story here and it s likely to endear you to this very small publishing house which only releases two or three books a yearThis and the NYRB edition also include an introduction from Esther Freud with whose Hideous Kinky I now see many connections in which she meets the real life Sophia who is now of course a grown woman The very idea of this is heartbreaking to me but then that s one of the lessons this book teaches you so painlessly like the deliciously sugared pill it is allowing you to smile honestly even as you watch Super 8 footage of someone turning to the camera on a beach sixty years ago desaturated a little jerky laughing over and over again as the tape loops round

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Sommarboken

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 u. This book is beautiful enchanting miraculous magicalThe writing is lovely The characters are charming and real The stories give an immersive look at the as yet otherwise unknown to me experience of a Scandinavian summer that feels totally new and simultaneously gives a look at a childhood summer that is so familiar and comfortable and nostalgic It s a dream That s allBottom line I don t intend to let another summer go by without me reading this book during it pre reviewsaw this one coming from a mile awayreview to come 5 stars have you ever picked up a book and instantly known it was exactly what you needed it to behuge 5 star energy from the first page

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Ing 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 human. One time in April there was a full moon and the sea was covered with iceDo you remember when you were a child so many books were enchanting casting a spell of wonder and reverence over you that you carried around long after the book was finished Even if the book contained absolutely no magic or fantasy but was down to earth about the lives of real people and ordinary experiences told in an extraordinary way Then you graduated to adult books and began to wonder why really wonderful books and authors for adults were so rare and difficult to discover Like this summer island a perfectly ordinary and absolutely enchanted place off the coast of Finland where Grandmother and her granddaughter Sophia spend every summer from Sophia s early childhood through her adolescent years Grandmother is a sculptor a lover of nature unconventional Sophia has inherited her strong personality and way of speaking they clash and complement one another and have a real grandmother granddaughter friendship These are the happenings we carry with us through our lives if we are so lucky to have them captured in fresh prose poem like vignettes jewels of prose The book is structured as a series of stories that together form a novella Sophia woke up and remembered that they had come back to the island and that she had a bed to herself because her mother was dead The fire was still burning in the stove and the flames flickered on the ceiling where the boots were hung up to dry She climbed down to the floor which was very cold and looked out through the windowThis passage at the beginning of the second chaptervignette is the only explicit mention of Sophia s underlying grief which breaks through in subtle and unexpected ways at various times of which her paternal grandmother is always conscious and careful recalling in a new light the book s humorous opening It was an early very warm morning in July and it had rained during the night The bare granite steamed the moss and crevices were drenched with moisture and all the colors everywhere had deepened Below the veranda the vegetation in the morning shade was like a rain forest of lush evil leaves and flowers which she had to be careful not to break as she searched She held one hand in front of her mouth and was constantly afraid of losing her balance What are you doing asked little Sophia Nothing her grandmother answered That is to say she added angrily I m looking for my false teeth The child came down from the veranda Where did you lose them Here said her grandmother I was standing right there and they fell somewhere in the peonies They looked together Let me Sophia said You can hardly walk Move over She dived beneath the flowering roof of the garden and crept among green stalks and stems It was pretty and mysterious down on the soft black earth And there were the teeth white and pink a whole mouthful of old teeth I ve got them the child cried and stood up Put them in But you can t watch Grandmother said That s private I want to watch she said So Grandmother put the teeth in with a smacking noise They went in very easily It had really hardly been worth mentioning When are you going to die the child asked And Grandmother answered Soon But that is not the least concern of yoursWhy why are my public libraries not stuffed full of books by Tove Jansson who is now based only on this book one of my favorite authors My local libraries do carry her children s books but not one of her novels for adults Although this book might also be read aloud and shared with an older child or adolescent I was both delighted and bemused to receive this book through interlibrary loan all the way from McAllen Texas near the Mexican border although I live in North Texas uite far from McAllenThere are already several excellent reviews of this book so I will direct you to them for and thank you Dolors for your gift of making me want to read this book Dolors review spenkevich s review


10 thoughts on “Sommarboken

  1. says:

    This is the uietest great book I've ever readEvery once in a while I read a book that makes me jealous that makes me wish I could write and do what the book did Like this one It's a wisp of a book brief with no plot to speak of and o

  2. says:

    My favorite summer reading recommendation‘ The forest was full of signs and portents its own secret written language’Tove Jansson the world renowned creator of the Moomintroll characters succinctly harnesses

  3. says:

    This book is beautiful enchanting miraculous magicalThe writing is lovely The characters are charming and real The stories give an immersive look at the as yet otherwise unknown to me experience of a Scandinavian summer that feels totally new and simultaneously gives a look at a childhood summer that is so familiar and comfortable and nost

  4. says:

    Why do only the very very young or the very very old have time to ponder what heaven is like? Or to bask in the simple act of diving? Or to invent stories about mice and worms and write a novel about a day in their animal lives? Maybe because grandmothers are the only people in the world capable of educating using the art of playing and granddaughters are the only ones ready to play with grandmothers seriously This is in short w

  5. says:

    As luck would have it there was a Tove Jansson exhibition on at the Helsinki Ateneum while I was in town – August marks the centenary of her birth It's still strange to me to realise that a hundred years ago is only the twentieth century now To me ‘last century’ still suggests Oscar Wilde Thomas Hardy Amidst all the seascapes moody sel

  6. says:

    Rating 45 of fiveThe Publisher Says 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

  7. says:

    Totally charming and remarkably deep little book makes for a very happy afternoon Jannson's talent shines through in her depiction of both the old and the young The Grandmother and Sophia have much in common and the novel is revelation on how to write different ages with honesty and clarity It's such a lean thing that it'

  8. says:

    One time in April there was a full moon and the sea was covered with iceDo you remember when you were a child so many books were enchanting casting a spell of wonder and reverence over you that you carried around long after the book was finishe

  9. says:

    One tiny island in the gulf of Finland comes to represent a complete world full of miracle and mystery safety and danger as we are swept happily along through the adventures of a feisty indomitable little girl and her refreshingly different gra

  10. says:

    I'd temporarily put away The Horn Island Logs of Walter Inglis Anderson to get to other books and then this one arrived from the library The ch

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