Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Scuptor's Daughter

The website - Tove - acts as a virtual museum and story of the life of author, Tove Jansson. Known for her books for children written about the lives of the Moomins, Tove Jansson also wrote a number of books, including a series of short stories, for adults, some of which have been translated into English and may be found in library collections.

The Sculptor's Daughter is a collection of short stories based on memories of the author's early life. Although not an autobiography, as such, the stories are based on events or memories of childhood. The stories provides a glimpse into the life of child living in a bohemian lifestyle on an island. Tove's father was a sculptor, Viktor Jansson while her mother was an artist, Signe Hammarsten-Jansson. The other adult who influenced her upbringing was her grandfather who was a minister so religion was to the forefront when staying with him. The stories are told of memories of life through the eyes of a child and contain a mixture of realism with fantasy. The short stories of Tove Jannson should be read slowly and enjoyed.

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