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Fair Play by Tove Jansson
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Jun 07, 2011

really liked it
Read in June, 2011

Tove Jansson never fails to astonish me. Her children's books are gems (The Moomintrolls) that are equally lovely to read for children and adults. Her books for adults are as cold and clear as fjords or Scandinavian sunlight. She describes ordinary events with such clarity and precision that rather than remaining simple they take on layers of complexity that color human interaction. The short stories in Fair Play are loosely autobiographical about her relationship with her long time partner Tuulikki Pietila. In the stories, they become Mari and Johnna. Each story is an examination of the way in which a partnership develops over time and the subtle negotiation between the need for companionship and the need for independence, things that need to be said and which can remain unsaid. While these stories will not supplant The Summer Book and the stories in Travelling Light as my favorites they are worth reading and rereading.
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