The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

summer book

This is a most unusual  and enjoyable read.

It focuses on the relationship between a grandmother and her grand-daughter.

There is no big plot, no great character development and yet it is comforting in its gentle observation of life on a tiny island in Scandanavia.

The unusual aspect is that it deals with the important events of real life in a subtle, gentle way.

The reader comes away from this understated book with a real sense of privilege.

It is very special to be given an insider view of the importance of the relationship in this physical location. It is like the reader accepts the island as a integral part of the story, an unassuming trio of two people at opposite ends of life and small island which gives them the space to explore their relationship in a natural way.

An unusual read certainly, but worth it absolutely.

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