In Walking with Samuel, you create a fine between expressiveness and ambiguity. Consequently, Samuel becomes a very identifiable figure even though the reader knows very little about the specifics of his character. What were your intentions when creating him and the book?
The story I've written is not the story told here, but owes a lot to it. What I came to think of was the simple life in general; what is visible and what is not, what is important and what is not. I also started to think how, in a couple, one half defines the other, how something needs something else to really exist. The Books of Hope are also a story of manhood and nature, which I put above it all. I think the couple that lived in our village knew their place in the nature and had everything they wanted. When I think of the Finnish society these days, in my opinion many of the problems actually come from the fact that people don't know their place in nature. “Human” is seen as something not part of it at all, which of course is very stupid. Nature defines us and understanding it makes it easier to understand ourselves.
- Tommi's blog
- Our review of Walking with Samuel
- Buy Walking with Samuel and any or all of Tommi's books from Boing Being
- Buy The First Book of Hope and The Second Book of Hope from Bries