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 76%
relaxing 55%
lighthearted 46%
emotional 44%
hopeful 30%
funny 26%
inspiring 26%
adventurous 13%
mysterious 7%
sad 7%
dark 1%
tense 1%

Pace

slow 67%
medium 28%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 95% | N/A: 4%

Strong character development?

No: 48% | Yes: 32% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 4%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 69% | N/A: 15% | It's complicated: 7% | Yes: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 47% | No: 23% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 8%

Average rating

4.04