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The Slummer: Quarters Till Death

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One day, in September 2022, a talented author who had a mutual friend with Geoff, contacted him looking for advice on his unreleased novel. It's such a lean thing that it's not particularly worth pulling out individual episodes, but there are a couple of moments (Sophia's book on worms, a thwarted party) that will stick with me.

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Instead, Jansson asks us to take the slow, scenic route, and transcend beyond our own identity, to become a small part of nature, a tiny part of something greater.

We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Seaweed, sand, bird droppings, flowers in every crack in the granite, bright colors everywhere, children playing, pulling weeds, splashing, collecting wild seeds, ordinary days, family boats, tents, mice, snow, wind, rain, storms, heat, frost, fire, sandwiches, crooks eating crayfish, sunrises, moonlights, spring, Angleworms, caterpillars, spiders, tadpoles, beetles and other creatures, summers…. Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summer – its sunlight and storms – into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. An elderly woman and her six-year-old granddaughter Sophia spend a summer together on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland exploring, talking about life, nature, everything but their feelings about Sophia's mother's death and their love for one another. Tove Jansson, the world-renowned creator of the Moomintroll characters, succinctly harnesses the power and glory of a seaside summer season in the twenty-two elegant vignettes contained within The Summer Book.

The Summer Book – New York Review Books The Summer Book – New York Review Books

One summer (or what felt like a series of summers, perhaps), little Sophia and Grandmother rely on one another and learn from each other in this beautifully written novel. The Summer Book is a book you want to begin again upon finishing and not because anything about summer is appealing in the middle of February. Jansson loved books as a child, and set out from an early age to be an artist; her first illustration was published when she was fifteen years old; four years later a picture book appeared under a pseudonym”.

This slim, magical, life-affirming novel tells the story of a young girl and her grandmother, who spend their summers together on a small island in the Gulf of Finland.

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Sometimes people never saw things clearly until it was too late and they no longer had the strength to start again. She cut the them from branches and driftwood and gave them paws and faces, but she only hinted at what they looked like and never made them too distinct. A wonderful consistency in usage of words like "nice" and "pretty," words that should be used more often. It was August, and the weather was sometimes stormy and sometimes nice, but for Grandmother, no matter what happened, it was only time on top of time, since everything is vanity and a chasing after the wind. Sophia has “no understanding for people who have these very harsh opinions about who they choose to live with”.The deciding factor was to understand exactly what a big press had to offer, and learn how to do it exactly as they do. Set in the future and not so unbelievable the rich pay for the genes to be the best of what they aspire their children to be. After graduating from Kent State University, he built a career in program management throughout various technology companies and is now a global PMO manager. S. Directed by Gabe Polsky, the film stars Nicolas Cage as the frontiersman Miller and Fred Hechinger.

The Slummer by Geoffrey Simpson | Waterstones

It seemed to her no other creature had the same dramatic capacity to underline and perfect events – the shifts in the seasons and the weather, the changes that run through people themselves. She was old enough to be a grandmother, but of course she was also a daughter, and one who had just lost her mother, a condition mirrored in the books unusual point of view, which hovers above and around the island and seems not so much to move from grandmother to granddaughter as to share them, inhibiting both sensitivities in a manner of weather. But I decided to give it a shot, and commented to the author that I would read it over Christmas and give it an honest review. Her writing is all magical deception, her sentences simple and loaded; the novel reads like looking through clear water and seeing, suddenly, the depth . It's a wisp of a book - brief, with no plot to speak of and only two real characters, no compelling crisis to drive the action, no suspense.

the story clings on to the imagination like the trusting hand of a child, or the clutch of an elderly woman.

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