Delightful and dour all at the same time. So many things to like, especially the relationship between Sophia and her grandmother. One of the things I liked best though was the expansiveness of time and rest in the book. Everyone, even hard-working Papa, is slipping away to take a nap at various times. Expanding on the sleeping aspect -- I was just reading Transcendence, about TM. There is a discussion of sleep there. When people in dark climates sleep for 14 hours, they traditionally break their sleep into two parts, with a "watch" intermission. Although the family in this book is describing summertime, with extended daylight, I found their sleep patterns so pronouncedly different than ours -- and yet, a bit familiar from my older rural Irish relatives. Interesting.