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This review is from: Fair Play (Paperback)
As with her previously translated adult books,The Summer Book and The Winter Book, Jansson manages to capture a world of emotion and understanding with the most minimal use of language. Indeed the book is very short,a collection of connected vignettes about two aging women living and growing old together. As usual the themes of age, rebellion and communication are clearly defined, but what makes Jansson a master of storytelling is her ability to say the obvious when least expected and avoid it when it feels inevitable. Thus allowing the reader to follow the subtext and relate to those situations in life where we already know what the conversation will be about, what will be said, what avoided. Not only does this feel like slices of real life it also manages to be a warm heartfelt and honest piece of work. Who needs pages of description when Jannson's characters can create an entire world in the most succinct of ways.