The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

The Summer Book

Tove Jansson with Thomas Teal (Translator), Esther Freud (Contributor)

172 pages first pub 1972 (editions)

fiction classics historical literary lighthearted reflective relaxing slow-paced
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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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Community Reviews Summary of 5,616 reviews

Moods

reflective 70%
lighthearted 58%
relaxing 56%
funny 38%
emotional 34%
adventurous 25%
hopeful 24%
inspiring 20%
sad 6%
mysterious 3%
challenging 1%
informative 1%

Pace

slow 51%
medium 34%
fast 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 82% | A mix: 11% | Plot: 3% | N/A: 2%

Strong character development?

No: 53% | Yes: 22% | It's complicated: 18% | N/A: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 82% | N/A: 7% | Yes: 6% | It's complicated: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 43% | Yes: 29% | It's complicated: 21% | N/A: 6%

Average rating

4.01

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