The Summer Book

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 29 May 2003

An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter while away a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other's fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself.Written in a clear, unsentimental style, full of brusque humour, and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story.Tove Janssoncaptured much of her own life and spirit in the book, which was her favourite of her adult novels. This new edition, with a Foreword by Esther Freud, sees the return of a European literary gem - fresh, authentic and deeply humane.

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ISBN-13: 9780954221713
ISBN-10: 0954221710
Pagini: 176
Dimensiuni: 130 x 198 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.2 kg
Ediția: Main
Colecția Sort of Books
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

The writer and artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is best known as the creator of the Moomin children's stories, which have been published in 35 languages. The Summer Book was one of ten novels she wrote for adults. It is regarded as a modern classic throughout Scandinavia.


Eccentric, funny, wise, full of joys and small adventures. This is a book for life.
This is a wonderful, life-affirming, spirited book. Reading it was a tonic.
This slim, wise masterpiece... is both unsentimental and heart-melting, and I read it every year.
It's hard to describe the astonishing achievement of Jansson's artistry . . . a perfection of the small, quiet read.
The Summer Book is a marvellously uplifting read, full of gentle humour and wisdom.
A marvellous book.... The prose is sublime: plain, but not oppressively so.
Few books since Robinson Crusoe have evoked the joys of island living so powerfully as this Finnish novella.
A wonderful novel to devour in the sunshine . . . full of charm and character.
An odd but beautiful novel which blends humour and poetry with detailed observation of tiny things.
Every so often, a book is published that captures something in us. . . . The Summer Book is one of those.