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Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir

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  • Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir 
    Title: Sculptor's Daughter: A Childhood Memoir
    Author: JANSSON TOVE
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 01/12/2013
    Imprint: SORT OF BOOKS
    Price: $25.00
    Publishing status: Active

    This collection of short stories creates a childhood memoir that is both odd and engrossing. Startling in its detailed recall, but clearly based in the reality of Jansson’s bohemian family, this is more like an autobiographical document of life in Scandinavia in the early 20th century.
    Tove Jansson’s mother was a Swedish designer, and her Finnish father was a sculptor, hence the title. Growing up in a household where Art was life, and life was Art, imbued the author with the sensitive resilience that informs all her work. The author’s memories of both her own inner life, and the daily life of this artistic household, are extremely vivid, capturing the fleeting emotions of the child, as all the events are told from her own point of view, and perspective as a small child.
    There are 19 stories in the book, and fascinating (but badly misnumbered) black and white photographs, including one of an early drawing of Tove’s. Amongst the stories, Christmas is the best Christmas story I have ever read, and The Stone is a completely thrilling account of a child bringing a large rock home. The artistic practices of both her parents are completely fascinating, but so are the small domestic details of their lives. Clearly the apple didn’t fall far from the tree in this family, and the author who created some of the best children’s books of all time, obviously learned her craft at her parents’ collective knee. Louise


    ISBN: 9781908745330
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