The Summer Book

by Tove Jansson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0954221710 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingTarnawing of Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on 2/28/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingTarnawing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
A Novel. Foreword by Esther Freud.
First published in Swedish as Sommarboken (1972). Translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal (1974). Published in 2003 by Sort Of Books, reprinted seven times in 2003. London: Sort Of Books 2003. Paperback, 176 pages.
Cover Photos: Tove and Lars Jansson’s island and house, © Per Olof Jansson.

Even if I've never read the English translation, I'm sharing my thoughts in the journal of The Summer Book I've registered and released years ago. So I think it's enough if I say here that I just love this story. It is great.


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 editions sees the return of a European literary gem — fresh, authentic and deeply humane.

About the author:
The writer and artist TOVE JANSSON (1914—2001) is best known as the creator of the Moomin stories, which have been published in thirty-five languages. The Summer Book was one of ten novels that she wrote for adults. It is regarded as a modern classic throughout Scandinavia.

Jansson, Tove (1914 – 2001) at The National Biography of Finland
Tove Jansson at Sort of Books
Tove Jansson at Wikipedia

The Summer Book at Sort of Books
The Sumer Book at Wkikipedia
The Summer Book, Review by Ali Smith at The Guardian

Journal Entry 2 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (8/2/2017 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland


The Summer Book was one of my July offers in greenbadger's One book a month thread and won by mcsar.

Journal Entry 3 by wingmcsarwing at Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Thank you for sending me the book. Learning that it is one of your all-time favourites intrigues me more. And looking at the book cover, I yearns for an island holiday. The book has to jump to the reading queue while summer is here.

Updated May 6, 2018

I started reading this book a long while ago. It has taken me a long time to finish because I was saving it. I did not want the book to end. The book is very charming and very sweet. I am in love with Sophia and Grandmother. The author captures the childhood innocence and sense of adventure very well, and the wisdom of Grandmother. It made me miss my grandmother so much. Thank you Tarna for sharing this with me.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmcsarwing at by post, RABCK Sweepstakes/Drawing -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (5/8/2018 UTC) at by post, RABCK Sweepstakes/Drawing -- Controlled Releases


On its way to the winner of the Maritime Sweepstakes. Congratulations. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

Journal Entry 5 by Harobed82 at Pornichet, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, June 04, 2018
Thank you for the book, the sticky notes and stickers! :)

Journal Entry 6 by Harobed82 at Pornichet, Pays de la Loire France on Saturday, June 23, 2018
I enjoyed this collection of little stories. It makes you wish you had a grandmother like Sophia's. :-)

Journal Entry 7 by Harobed82 at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- France on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Released 10 mos ago (7/17/2018 UTC) at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- France


Surprise! A wishlist book for you! Enjoy! :-)

Journal Entry 8 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, August 20, 2018
Thank you very much for including this wishlist book in the post when I won the July 2018 greeting card sweepstake.

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