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5.0 out of 5 stars
More than Moomins, 15 Oct 2007
I can not recommend this little book highly enough to you. I first heard it spoken of on Radio 4 and was so intrigued that I bought both a copy of this and Fair Play, also by Tove Jansson.
It is a small book but it's impact is huge. Beautifully written, it describes sensitively and vividly the relationship between grandmother and grand-daughter as they live together in almost complete isolation on a tiny, family-owned island. It is one of those books about seemingly very little, that says so very much.
The interactions between the aging, reflective and rather tetchy grandmother and the bright, curious child will warm the hearts of all who read them. If only it were as easy as Janssen makes it seem to convey the warmth of everyday exchanges - how much more we might appreciate and understand each other then!
I will be amazed if you don't love this book too. You will laugh as often as you shed a tear, and you will want to read more of Tove Janssens beautiful writing.