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A Winter Book ❮Reading❯ ➻ A Winter Book ➳ Author Tove Jansson – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Written with such a lightness of touch that it seems miraculous, these stories are a further revelation of Tove Jansson s heart warming genius ALI SMITHFollowing the widely acclaimed and bestselling T Written with such a lightness of touch that it seems miraculous, these stories are a further revelation of Tove Jansson s heart warming genius ALI SMITHFollowing the widely acclaimed and bestselling The Summer Book, here is A Winter Book collection of some of Tove Jansson s best loved and most famous stories Drawn from youth and older age, and spanning A Winter PDF/EPUB or most of the twentieth century, this newly translated selection provides a thrilling showcase of the great Finnish writer s prose, scattered with insights and home truths It has been selected and is introduced by Ali Smith, and there are afterwords by Philip Pullman, Esther Freud and Frank Cottrell BoyceThe Winter Book features thirteen stories from Tove Jansson s first book for adults, The Sculptor s Daughteralong with seven of her most cherished later stories fromto, translated into English and published here for the first time As smooth and odd and beautiful as sea worn driftwood, as full of light and air as the Nordic summer We are lucky to have these stories collected at last Philip PullmanA Winter Book offers what proper books so peerlessly can the sense of a unique and authentic voice that speaks to the reader across time and culture, heart to heart Boyd Tonkin, The Independent.


10 thoughts on “A Winter Book

  1. Teresa Teresa says:

    Last July I read Jansson s The Summer Book and then bought this one, saving it for the winter Not that all of these stories, selected from Jansson s earlier collections and most previously untranslated, are set in winter or even in the winter of a life, though those of the third, and last, section are.The stories of the first two sections are the first person narrations of an unnamed, feisty, stubborn young child She rolls a huge stone home up the stairs she tags along oblivious to where she Last July I read Jansson s The Summer Book and then bought this one, saving it for the winter Not that all of these stories, selected from Jansson s earlier collections and most previously untranslated, are set in winter or even in the winter of a life, though those of the third, and last, section are.The stories of the first two sections are the first person narrations of an unnamed, feisty, stubborn young child She rolls a huge stone home up the stairs she tags along oblivious to where she s not wanted she claims an iceberg as her own When she is older, she sets out to sail solo around the archipelago, at the wink of her mother, hoping to dodge her father.The story that leads off the last section, and the only one written in third person, is my favorite In The Squirrel an aging woman, alone on her island as winter approaches, keeps reminding herself of the supplies she wants to replenish before she can no longer get her boat out She has plenty of canned food she is mostly worried about her Madeira She keeps putting off her tasksand then the squirrel arrives It s a funny story about accepting and embracing the notion of travelling light the name of the penultimate story , and even about a sort of taking leave the title of the last


  2. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    If you liked The Summer Book , you ll love these stories, especially the later ones which, like The Summer Book are set on one of the many islands off the Finnish coast Self sufficiency is the gospel here, quite a fantastic notion now in our fiercely consumer oriented world of today There are some out and out gems The Squirrel and Travelling Light were my favourites plus the one about the iceberg And the final story about accepting the incapacities of old age, along with the losses of fr If you liked The Summer Book , you ll love these stories, especially the later ones which, like The Summer Book are set on one of the many islands off the Finnish coast Self sufficiency is the gospel here, quite a fantastic notion now in our fiercely consumer oriented world of today There are some out and out gems The Squirrel and Travelling Light were my favourites plus the one about the iceberg And the final story about accepting the incapacities of old age, along with the losses of freedom they bring, was very sobering How can we hope to escape all that if even the intrepid, fearless Tove Jansson has to bow to age But we do, don t we


  3. Claire Claire says:

    The daughter of creative parents, her father a sculptor and her mother an illustrator, Jansson s imagination had been given full rein in childhood and it comes out in the opening stories of A Winter Book, told from the perspective of a girl, whom I am sure was the author herself In fact all through the book, I was often left with the feeling I had been reading non fiction This selection draws from five collections presenting the best of her short fiction.In one story entitled Snow, she writes The daughter of creative parents, her father a sculptor and her mother an illustrator, Jansson s imagination had been given full rein in childhood and it comes out in the opening stories of A Winter Book, told from the perspective of a girl, whom I am sure was the author herself In fact all through the book, I was often left with the feeling I had been reading non fiction This selection draws from five collections presenting the best of her short fiction.In one story entitled Snow, she writes of a girl and her mother being snowed in, the light slowly disappearing as the windows are covered up and expresses her delight in having escaped the outside world, warm in the safe and secure presence of her cheerful mother.we have gone into hibernation Nobody can get in any longer and no one can get out I looked carefully at her and understood that we were saved At last we were absolutely safe and protected This menacing snow had hidden us inside in the warmth for ever and we didn t have to worry a bit about what went on there outside.Jansson spent every summer living and working on a tiny island off the coast of Finland, returning to Helsinki for thedifficult months and clearly spent many summers in boats and on the island during her childhood Another memorable story was The Boat and Me she is given her first boat at twelve years old and wastes no time in asserting her new found independence, taking the boat out along the coast to look at her favourite spots from another perspective, with little regard for the hours that pass by or the hearts that might be fretting.I go slowly, hugging the shore, into each creek and out round each headland I mustn t miss anything out because it s a ritual Now I m about to see my territory from the sea for the first time, that s important.I pulled up the anchor stone and rowed straight out into the path of the moon Of course the moon s path is lovely as a picture in calm weather, but when it s rough, it s evenbeautiful, all splinters and flakes from precious stones like sailing through a sea set with diamonds.And at that very moment Dad turned up My favourite story though, is the one that follows, in a section entitled Travelling Light, signifying the latter years, where annoyance islikely the emotion of choice to greet uninvited guests in place of the enthusiasm or delight of heryouthful years Even when that guest is an island hopping squirrel.Either I am incredibly gullible or this story will teach you something new about the intelligence of squirrels, as a reader I was right there with squirrel and hoping for the best, while Jansson was lining up his escape options, ill inclined to do anything to encourage the lonesome animal to stay.She didn t care about squirrels, or fly fishermen, or anyone, but just let herself slip down into a great despondency and admit she was disappointed How can this be possible she thought frankly How can I be so angry that they ve come at all and then so dreadfully disappointed that they haven t landed Not just a quiet, honest collection of stories, but containing wonderful black and white photos that add to the atmosphere the author evokes and make us feel the heaviness and significance of that final story, Taking Leave, the last visit, when the nets have become too heavy to pull, the boat too difficult to handle, the sea too unpredictable for two aging women It is with a quiet sadness but knowledge that many happy hours were spent, that we turn the last page on that final visit


  4. notgettingenough notgettingenough says:

    I wish the short story commandedrespect We live in a world where anything that isn t a novel is a short story I doubt one of these, not really a book by Tove Jansson, but a collection of her work put together by others, stands up as a story It s an odd hotchpotch of pieces Why isn t that a word usedoften for writing Why can t we have a book of pieces Rest here I wish the short story commandedrespect We live in a world where anything that isn t a novel is a short story I doubt one of these, not really a book by Tove Jansson, but a collection of her work put together by others, stands up as a story It s an odd hotchpotch of pieces Why isn t that a word usedoften for writing Why can t we have a book of pieces Rest here


  5. Antonomasia Antonomasia says:

    2 3 not my kind of thing, 1 3 very good And many of these short stories aren t even set in winter I d long thought A Winter Book some kind of blatant cash in by editors, a bunch of stories from other collections chucked together as an ersatz companion to Jansson s lovely Summer Book But it was on a special offer, and it was nearly winter, so I got it anyway.The stories are divided into three sections Snow , Flotsam Jetsam and Travelling Light The first two lots are semi autobiographi 2 3 not my kind of thing, 1 3 very good And many of these short stories aren t even set in winter I d long thought A Winter Book some kind of blatant cash in by editors, a bunch of stories from other collections chucked together as an ersatz companion to Jansson s lovely Summer Book But it was on a special offer, and it was nearly winter, so I got it anyway.The stories are divided into three sections Snow , Flotsam Jetsam and Travelling Light The first two lots are semi autobiographical tales set during Jansson s bohemian childhood, many from The Sculptor s Daughter her mother was also an artist, a book illustrator These pieces are what one might aspire to on a short creative writing course Though on most only one person not me and the tutor, would get close, for they are excellent examples of what they are Prettily brittle, plenty of background detail left unexplained, slight melancholy, occasional episodes of magic realism, child narrators you know the sort of thing The naive child narrator with limited understanding really didn t work for me I enjoyed hearingabout Tove Jansson s life, but wanted her reflective adult perspective on these scenes What I did like here beautiful nature descriptions the way she quietly doesn t seem to identify herself with the women or the men, at a time of fairly set gender roles Flotsam Jetsam contains mostly summer holiday stories and would have beenenjoyable read outdoors in the sun, and even not all of Snow is explicitly in winter The Stone my favourite from these two sections, and the only one I unreservedly liked The narrator s age is indeterminate, perhaps an artistic, childlike adult If you have carried big heavy things home through the street, or lived in a block of flats that was a bit too neighbourly for your liking, it may strike some chords Also contains a lovely idea of making a room for oneself and the thing carried in public, the kind of thing that can be magic or simply psychological technique depending on your perspective I also appreciated Annie , as if exchanging reminiscences with the narrator about an experience few friends share.I might have liked the story Snow if I hadn t read anotherexciting, less childlike take on the same subject a couple of days earlier being snowed in right up to the chimney of the house At the Bottom of the Snow Ocean by Gunnar Gunnarsson, in the anthology Christmas in Scandinavia.I was throughly disillusioned, treating this as a book to get finished and out of the way, when there turned out to be three gems in the first half of Travelling Light the section which has stories of old age The Squirrel is now my favourite short story I ve read this year, and one of my favourites since joining Goodreads Perhaps this protagonist is an alter ego of Jansson if she d been single and less successful A middle aged woman living a spartan life alone on a small island, slightly alcohol dependent, sees a squirrel has arrived on shore on a piece of flotsam I love the efforts to keep life organised, and the mixed feelings about the squirrel she is fascinated by this new mammalian company and cares how the squirrel is, yet doesn t want to feel responsible for it or keep it as a pet I was reminded how intense the relationship in one s head with an animal can be, trying to determine what a creature might think or feel when you can t ask it, how it clicks into the internal working models that textbooks associate with looking after a child There is also a lovely photograph of the author holding a tame red squirrel Letters from Klara hilarious correspondence to various friends and officials from an irascible older woman of literary inclination, as strong minded and sarcastic as any bookish grumpy old man from a comic novel I never thought Tove Jansson could be this funny, and I wish there was a whole book about Klara Messages is at least as funny Are these short paragraphs answerphone messages, excerpts from letters, or both Manufacturers ask about making Moomin loo paper and similarly absurd licensed products Aspiring writers and kids with homework want her to help them Her partner leaves notes about popping out on errands Mad people write mad things Lonely people write because they mustn t have a friend who d identify with a thought the way they think Jansson would Taking Leave is the lovely final piece in which Jansson and her partner come to understand that they are getting too old to manage on the island and say goodbye to aspects of life there Inconsistent is perhaps the accepted nature of short story collections, but this one provokedmixed feelings in me than most I m very glad I perservered to the final third and found the wonderful stories there What I hadn t expected earlier in the book was that it would make me want to readof Jansson as long as there is a adult narrator


  6. Richard Moss Richard Moss says:

    A Winter Book is a collection of Tove Jansson s short stories She is of course best known as the creator of the Moomins, but her work for adults has become increasingly appreciated in recent years.I came to this having read A Summer Book, which although read partly as a series of short stories, centred entirely on a grandmother and granddaughter, and their adventures and relationship on a Finnish island.It was heavily autobiographical and A Winter Book also clearly draws much on Jansson s lif A Winter Book is a collection of Tove Jansson s short stories She is of course best known as the creator of the Moomins, but her work for adults has become increasingly appreciated in recent years.I came to this having read A Summer Book, which although read partly as a series of short stories, centred entirely on a grandmother and granddaughter, and their adventures and relationship on a Finnish island.It was heavily autobiographical and A Winter Book also clearly draws much on Jansson s life But this is adisparate and diverse work, drawn actually from five different short story collections And in fact it isn t always set in winter.It may then lack the cohesion of A Summer Book but nevertheless it has the same capacity to enchant, delight and move.The stand out story features a woman alone on a Finnish island who becomes obsessed with a squirrel that has invaded her solitude At times an irritation, it also becomes a source of consolation and a break into her loneliness It is one of the best short stories I have read.Some of the 20 stories focus on childhood, others on old age There are moments of magic and wonder At one point a girl drops a lantern into an iceberg, and watches the illuminated block of ice disappear into the night Another story sees the whole of Helsinki gain the power of flight.Some areplayful with form one tale is a series of letters another appears to be extracts of fan mail and odd requests to the author another a series of almost poetic messages from a Japanese superfan.The collection finishes with a poignant and very real feeling tale of old age A woman and her partner come to the sad conclusion they are now too frail to continue to spend their summers on their Finnish island home.But although there is a melancholic note to this and many stories, this is also a book about living and joy It confirmed to me just what a special talent Jansson was


  7. Calzean Calzean says:

    I enjoyed the first two partsas Jansson captures her childhood in some great stories and in the such a believable child then teen voice.


  8. Amy Amy says:

    I think and believe me, I don t say this lightly that Tove Jansson s The Summer Book is my favourite book of all time So, in all honestly, I couldn t help but come to its twin A Winter Book hoping desperately for the same witty, profound and beautifully observed stories of love, life and growing up I wasn t disappointed it really is quietly lovely and, in my opinion, close to perfect.Muchpersonal than The Summer Book although that was based on Jansson s own experiences, too , I f I think and believe me, I don t say this lightly that Tove Jansson s The Summer Book is my favourite book of all time So, in all honestly, I couldn t help but come to its twin A Winter Book hoping desperately for the same witty, profound and beautifully observed stories of love, life and growing up I wasn t disappointed it really is quietly lovely and, in my opinion, close to perfect.Muchpersonal than The Summer Book although that was based on Jansson s own experiences, too , I felt that you learnabout the author by watching how she and other characters relate to the world and deal with the unexpected Like Summer, it focuses on young girls and elderly ladies and the differences and similarities between the two All her stories have such a light handed touch but still manage to feel infinitely profound, above and beyond many writers with loftier ambitions I m gushing, aren t I Regardless, I think Tove Jansson is a genius


  9. Chris Chris says:

    It seems that everybody who s heard of Tove Jansson knows her as the author of a series of illustrated books about some Finnish trolls Though I ve yet to fall under their particular spell and heaven knows enough people have urged me to I ve instead been captivated by her writing for adults.My admiration began with the collection of short stories published in English as Art in Nature and continued with The Summer Book Now, with the selection of pieces known as A Winter Book, I rev It seems that everybody who s heard of Tove Jansson knows her as the author of a series of illustrated books about some Finnish trolls Though I ve yet to fall under their particular spell and heaven knows enough people have urged me to I ve instead been captivated by her writing for adults.My admiration began with the collection of short stories published in English as Art in Nature and continued with The Summer Book Now, with the selection of pieces known as A Winter Book, I revisit some of the sense of wistfulness I ve noted before, coupled with a fierce independence of spirit that permeates virtually every story.Though there are references to ice and snow in some of the offerings, this alluring ragbag of writings selected and introduced by writer Ali Smith doesn t deal exclusively with winter, but in a series of vignettes it does perfectly sum up that end of year feeling when one looks back to review what one s life has accomplished and what it might all signify.The three sections are entitled Snow, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Travelling Light, each taking their name from one of the six or seven pieces in that respective part Part 1 is mostly set in Helsinki, where the author s artistic parents would spend the winter months These seven tales are partly autobiographical but also partake of that dream world which a solitary and imaginative child would conjure up for herself Some narratives take on an almost mythic aspect, featuring for example a Sisyphean stone of silver, a mischievous monkey running amuck, flying without wings or a stream which may or may not duplicate gold and jewels thrown into it yet all are set in a mundane urban environment.Many of the items in Part 2 move to the island that will be familiar to readers from The Summer Book, when the Jansson family would up sticks to a treeless rock in the Baltic Sea More realistic though these may be they nevertheless bring out the young Tove s wilful determination to follow her own inclinations where adults are concerned, whether it s sailing solo at night, attempting to board a mini iceberg or playing mind games with unwelcome visitors to the island.Part 3 skips to the concerns of the adult Tove, the six stories being a mix of semi fiction and pure creative writing The Squirrel ruminates on a wild visitor to an island which is the alien, the animal or the single human Following on that a trio of pieces feature, first, an imaginary Klara who writes with varying degrees of grumpiness to various correspondents, then a sequence of truncated messages, many quite demented, from Moomin fans and other personages finally a group of ultimately quite sad letters, from a youngish Japanese admirer, which continue for several years until they end on a melancholy note.That melancholy infuses the final two pieces too Travelling Light is about a misanthrope who goes on a cruise to London, hoping to get away from needy friends and acquaintances, but who finds that strangers are evenneedy little touches such as their urge to show family photos merely emphasises that while some ships may pass in the night others insist on travelling in convoy Taking Leave is an account of the older Jansson and her partner realising that age has rendered island living increasingly impractical, and they formulate plans to vacate the place for the last time.Anger, melancholy, unsettling visions, the oddities of strangers, the possessiveness of fans one could be forgiven for thinking A Winter Book is a depressing read Yet I found it positive and, above all, a confirmation that it s not abnormal to occasionally shun company and rely on one s own entertainment that it s a mark of creativity to see the world differently from others, to have that singular vision which you can, through your art, share vicariously with like minds that it s not unusual to be moody, to swim against the tide of approved behaviour, to love the exotic taste of beautiful words, to abandon mementos which one once set great store by.This edition is decorated with exquisite archive photos of the author and her family at various stages in her life Along with the superbly presented translations by Silvester Mazzarella, Kingsley Hart and David McDuff there are also brief but incisive appreciations by fellow writers Philip Pullman, Esther Freud and Frank Cotterell Boyce As Pullman rightly observes, these are tales as tough as good rope yet as beautiful as sea worn driftwood, a real breath of Nordic summer and of course its seasonal counterpart


  10. Nicky Nicky says:

    A Winter Book is a collection of some of Tove Jansson s less famous writing i.e., this isn t the Moomins Instead, this is a selection of short stories written throughout her life, many of them autobiographical or otherwise revealing The stories are generally quiet set pieces, often with vivid images at the centre the girl rolling a stone home the girl throwing her torch onto an island of floating ice and lighting it up, but too scared to jump across Quiet is definitely the word that com A Winter Book is a collection of some of Tove Jansson s less famous writing i.e., this isn t the Moomins Instead, this is a selection of short stories written throughout her life, many of them autobiographical or otherwise revealing The stories are generally quiet set pieces, often with vivid images at the centre the girl rolling a stone home the girl throwing her torch onto an island of floating ice and lighting it up, but too scared to jump across Quiet is definitely the word that comes to mind most the prose even accounting for translation is unassuming and relatively down to earth Things are just so.The writing isn t bad, but it s not the sort of short story writing I actually really enjoy, though at times it can be done really well thinking Raymond Carver.Reviewed for The Bibliophibian


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