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Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sort of Books; Main edition (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908745339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908745330
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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As an artefact, it's a jewel with evocative black and white photographs throughout ... Jansson's narrator is wise but not precocious and has an authentic way of parroting adult observations. It's easy to see how this child, full of love and wonder, became the woman who gave us the philosophical Moomintrolls. (The Scotsman)

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Published in a deluxe hardback edition for Christmas 2013, to mark the centenary of Tove Jansson's birth (1914-2014), introduced by Ali Smith.

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Tove Jansson was born in Helsinki in 1914 into an artistic, rather bohemian family: her father, Viktor Jansson, was a Finnish sculptor, her Swedish mother, Signe Hammarsten-Jansson, was an illustrator and graphic designer, and Tove herself studied art and design and was a painter before she became an author - therefore art and artistic endeavours feature strongly in 'Sculptor's Daughter', a magical series of short stories inspired the author's early childhood. Although, in her introduction, Ali Smith comments that Jansson would never herself have called this book a memoir, and it is acknowledged that the author may have stretched the truth in some places and embellished it in others, it is certainly the most autobiographical of Tove Jansson's books and contains a lovely selection of family photographs. Interestingly these stories are told, not from an adult's retrospective perspective, but through the eyes of a child, and a wonderfully imaginative, unusual and intriguing child at that who, with an engaging mix of fantasy and reality is able to make even the most ordinary events seem enchanting. Beautifully written in a cool and simple prose style, yet rich with imagination, this book is one to read, to share and to then keep on the bookshelf to experience and enjoy again.

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Please note: some of these stories have appeared in:A Winter Book: Selected Stories
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I bought this for myself for christmas, and I avoided reading it at all until we went away for New Year, I was very disappointed to find that I had read a few of the tales before, and I must admit I haven't picked it up since. If you have other books by Tove, then make sure you haven't read half of this book already.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2016
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I love Tove Jansson. I grew up with her Moomin's books and was delighted when UK publishing started to publish her adult novels. My all time favourite is The Summer Book. This book, Sculptor's Daughter is a kind of memoir in short story form. It has her wonderful turn of phrase, her poetic approach to writing, her melancholy and understanding of fear and darkness as well as a rich seam of humour, all of which inform her other work. If you have already read The Winter Book, I will warn you that quite a number of the essays in here are already in that book. It's so long since I read it, they seemed fresh to me, but if I had only just finished the Winter Book I would have felt slightly cheated to see so much reproduced here. Having said that, it is a lovely, lovely book.
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Difficult to impart the essence in a review as you have to read them (have a look inside). Beautifully written. No wonder she is so popular in Scandinavia. The tales from the childhood of a girl who often had to make her own entertainment are beautifully crafted (as you might expect from the sculptor's daughter) so get it if you like idiosyncrasy mixed with good story telling - and be transported!
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Just be aware that 13 of the 19 stories in Sculptor's Daughter have already appeared in A Winter Book. The publisher (Sort of Books) has been incredibly cheeky to repackage the stories in this way without making it obvious to the reader.
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Unfortunately before purchasing this book I did not notice the warning in Susie B's review that a number of the stories had already appeared in A Winter Book which I also have a copy of so the duplication was annoying. I was thankful that Amazon had heavily discounted this title so I only paid a paperback price for this hardback and had not wasted too much money. The other irritation about this book is the poor standard of design or proof reading concerning the page which lists all the photographs that appear in the book. Of the 20 photos listed with page references not a single one is correct. Very sloppy Sort Of Books.
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By Love Books VINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2015
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Adored this book. Innovative, sparky, interesting, the narrator, the woman who invented the Moomins looking back on her Bohemian childhood, is a huge breath of literary fresh air. I loved it.
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An evocative memoir by Tove Jansson of her childhood in Finland. She writes beautifully and really captures the light and dark of Scandinavian landscape and her childhood in the 1920s.
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