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
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Teal, Thomas
Davis, Kathryn

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uncommonreader
Nov 22, 2019

Set on a very small island in the Gulf of Finland, set over a summer, this book tells the story of a precocious six year old girl and her rather cranky grandmother through 22 vignettes of their conversations and adventures. Although mentioned only once, the girl's mother has recently died and the grandmother is nearing the end of her life. A quite lovely story, told without sentimentality.

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SunsetBranch
Apr 11, 2019

I have to admit, this IS better than The Old Man and the Sea

Tigard_AnnmarieA Mar 04, 2019

A beautiful series of vignettes about summer life on an isolated island off the coast of Finland, where the point of view passes between six-year-old Sophia and her elderly grandmother. We follow along as they amble across the island, swim, hunker down during scary storms, weather the visit of houseguests, adopt a ruthlessly predatorial cat, and gradually learn that Sophia's mother has recently died; a subtle sorrow in the book. A funny, heartwarming yet unsentimental, deceptively simple, powerful novel.

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aedavis4
Oct 19, 2018

Nice slight book with surprising depth. If you're looking for a relaxing read with some light philosophy, I recommend this. In the same vein as the Professor and the Housekeeper book.

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QnVz
Jul 16, 2018

This book absolutely broke my heart (in a good way)!! My grandmother passed away in March of this year so going through the vignettes truly sparked nostalgia and helped me think on the sweetest of times we shared in my lifetime. Deeply appreciative of this sweet book!

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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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