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Book Title: Moominpappa at Sea|
The author of the book: Tove Jansson
ISBN 13: 9780380017263
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 596 KB
Edition: Avon Camelot
Date of issue: August 28th 1977
Read full description of the books Moominpappa at Sea:The Moomin series has always been remarkable not only for its charm and whimsy, but also for its sense of melancholy, unusual in children's literature. Moominpappa at Sea is a particularly introspective installment; here you will find no heroic battles or overwhelming drama, just one family's quiet journey of self-discovery when they move to a mysterious island. And an island is the perfect setting for this story, for the characters become more and more insular as they explore their new environs. It's a story about becoming independent; about bringing order out of chaos; about creating the world you want to live in, and sometimes about what happens when you can't.
Moominpappa at Sea is also probably the only children's book you'll ever read that centers on a midlife crisis. The story begins with Moominpappa not feeling needed around his home in Moominvalley, so he decides to pick up his family and move to an island he has only seen on the map. The island is no tropical paradise--it actually sounds quite imposing, looming over the Moomins at first sight like a giant shadow--but holds mysteries aplenty for the whole family: Moominpappa and Moominmamma; Moomintroll and Little My. There is the old abandoned lighthouse, and the antisocial fisherman who lives on the opposite side of the island. There are the trees that seem so frightened they move of their own accord and a threat from home, the mournful Groke, who freezes everything in her path.
The Moomins are imaginary creatures, who don't have jobs or schedules to follow, yet it is amazingly easy to relate to their experiences, particularly in this novel. In fact, Moominpappa's crisis stems from the fact he has nothing to keep him occupied, a familiar problem these days, though in his case it is not due to being retired or unemployed. Moomintroll, in earlier books in the series, has seemed about eight or nine, but now he's dealing with the problems of an adolescent, including the struggle to be independent and an obsession with sea horses (they are actual, tiny horses in this book) that borders on an early crush. In fact, he is starting to see the world as more than black and white, as he comes to understand the threatening but not really evil Groke. Our little Moomintroll is growing up! My, on the other hand, is just as we need her to be; irrepressible and just a little bit wicked, often adding a touch of humor just when things get dark.
As you might have guessed, I've never been one to feel children's books couldn't be enjoyed outside their intended demographic. However, I feel that Moominpappa at Sea should be particularly appreciated by adults, while maintaining the sense of wonder that has made these books beloved by generations of kids.
Read information about the authorTove Jansson was born and died in Helsinki, Finland. As a Finnish citizen whose mother tongue was Swedish, she was part of the Swedish-speaking Finns minority. Thus, all her books were originally written in Swedish.
Although known first and foremost as an author, Tove Jansson considered her careers as author and painter to be of equal importance.
Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945), during World War II. She said later that the war had depressed her, and she had wanted to write something naive and innocent. Besides the Moomin novels and short stories, Tove Jansson also wrote and illustrated four original and highly popular picture books.
Jansson's Moomin books have been translated into 33 languages.
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