The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

The Summer Book

Tove Jansson with Thomas Teal (Translator)

fiction classics short stories adventurous reflective relaxing medium-paced

172 pages | first published 1972

Description

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...
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Moods

reflective 81%
relaxing 54%
lighthearted 49%
emotional 40%
funny 37%
hopeful 26%
adventurous 24%
inspiring 18%
sad 10%
mysterious 4%
challenging 2%
dark 0%
informative 0%
tense 0%

Pace

slow 59%
medium 29%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 87% | A mix: 9% | N/A: 2% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

No: 47% | Yes: 29% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 74% | N/A: 11% | It's complicated: 6% | Yes: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 43% | No: 26% | It's complicated: 23% | N/A: 6%

Average rating

4.02