Just the best day to forget stressful moments at work or the most humdrum aspects of your life! Pippi Longstocking (or Fifi Brindacier as I knew her as a child) always has a different way of looking at reality. In this volume, Pippi receives a letter from her father, who rules a South Seas island, telling that he is coming to pick up and bring her back to his island. And off she is for a vacation with her friends Tommy and Annika, whose parents mysteriously agree to the trip. After some adventures featuring sharks and bad guys, Pippi and her friends make it back home, although a bit late for Christmas. But Pippi even has a fix for that.
Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi in the South Seas. New York, NY, 1997. (original copyright is 1959)
Fifi Brindacier was one of my childhood heroes but she was very deeply buried in forgotten memories until I started reading the Millenium series in 2009. Stieg Larsson refers to Pippi Longstocking quite a bit which started jogging my memories and my brain started replaying random bits of TV that I used to watch as a kid. As I am planning a short vacation in Stockholm in May (in great part thanks to Stieg Larsson!), I started to look for things Swedish to read (did I already say I’m a nerd and I love to read?). I just read the first book of Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lindgren and it brought back such good memories… Pippi, Annika, Tommy and Mr. Nilsson… I also looked up snippets of the TV program on YouTube (in Swedish, but also in some Asian language, Japanase or Korean…). What good memories! I am looking forward to wonderful dreams tonight.