The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

The Summer Book

Tove Jansson with Thomas Teal (Translator)

fiction classics literary adventurous reflective relaxing medium-paced

172 pages | first published 1972

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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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Summary of 2778 reviews

Moods

reflective 75%
relaxing 57%
lighthearted 53%
funny 37%
emotional 32%
adventurous 26%
hopeful 25%
inspiring 19%
sad 7%
mysterious 3%
challenging 1%

Pace

slow 55%
medium 32%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 81% | A mix: 11% | Plot: 4% | N/A: 2%

Strong character development?

No: 49% | Yes: 26% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 77% | N/A: 9% | It's complicated: 7% | Yes: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 39% | Yes: 34% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 7%

Average rating

4.04

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