The Summer Book

An elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter Sophia spend the summer together on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. They wander the island, having philosophical conversations of all kinds, talking about death, or how best to dive into water. They fight. They curse. They have adventures, building things and breaking into the new summer house on a neighbouring island, outraged that the businessman who built it doesn’t leave the door open. Written with clarity, brusque humour and wisdom, The Summer book is a fresh, vivid and magical novel about seemingly endless summers of discovery.

An elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter Sophia spend the summer together on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. They wander the island, having philosophical conversations of all kinds, talking about death, or how best to dive into water. They fight. They curse. They have adventures, building things and breaking into the new summer house on a neighbouring island, outraged that the businessman who built it doesn’t leave the door open. Written with clarity, brusque humour and wisdom, The Summer book is a fresh, vivid and magical novel about seemingly endless summers of discovery.

info

  • Year of publication

    1972

  • Original title

    Sommarboken

  • Page count

    160

  • Original publisher

    Förlaget

Reviews

  • Esther Freud

    Eccentric, funny, wise, full of joys and small adventures. This is a book for life.

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