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Moominvalley In November (The Moomins #9)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  2,830 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Translated by Kingsley Hart

Tove Jansson's Moomin characters and books are admired the world over. In the United States the series beginning with Finn Family Moomintroll (first published in English in 1945) has accumulated generations of fans. Since Farrar, Straus and Giroux began reissuing the books in 1989, grateful readers old and new have been thrilled to have the stori
Published (first published January 1st 1970)
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Possibly the most melancholy children's book ever written. While the Moomin stories all have a slightly unnerving, mysterious quality, but this one is outright existential.

The idea is simple: What if there was a children's book where the main characters never showed up? Various supporting players from the other Moomin books converge on the Moomins' house, but they're just not there. Normally, this would lead to a quest story to find the family, but in his case, the Moomins are just away on a tri
A tender ode to the aura of autumn – drenched in reflective anticipations of the approaching hibernation and speckled with mysterious promises for new beginnings. Clever and wise.
If you like your children books to be depressing and bleak you couldn't do much better than Moominvalley in November. Edward Tulane, might have had it's moments of despair, and had an overarching sadness to it, but next to this novel it's pretty fucking upbeat.

If Ingmar Bergman ever directed a children's movie it would probably be like this. Six depressed and solitary people separately decide to visit this one family that has always made them feel like life is worth living. Instead of finding t
Rebecca Foster
Here’s an offbeat selection for November. Strangely dark for a children’s book, it’s the last in the Moomins series. Tove Jansson said that after the Second World War she was depressed and wanted to write about something naïve and innocent. She wrote the first book of the Moomins series in 1945, about a family of hippo-like white trolls. The Moomins are well known and loved by many European children, but I suspect this book is more obscure and less lighthearted than the rest. Perhaps Jansson exp ...more
Bistra Ivanova
О, толкова прекрасна книжка за времето, когато есента си отива на пръсти и внезапно ти се приисква да се увиеш в пашкул! Муминското семейство отсъства, но в къщата им внезапно се появяват гости, които нямат друг избор освен да се опитат да си прекарат добре (заедно). Най-мила ми бе Филифьонката и още дълго ще помня главата с чистенето, трета поред :-)

Туве е толкова нежна и светла душа, прекрасен писател, обичам я от сърце! (Да пишеш за деца е същото като да пишеш за възрастни, беше казал някой
Jeanette (jema)
Det är som när man kommer hem till sin mamma men hon är ute. Huset är detsamma, bara lite mörkare och tystare. Och även om man tänder alla lampor och slår på radion är det liksom ändå inte samma sak. Det är lite ödsligt and liksom lite kallare. Man sätter sig ner på en stol vid köksbordet och försöker säga 'Jaha ja, pffft, dom kommer nog snart'
Man dinglar med benen och försöker lösa lite i ett korsord men det går inte så bra. Man reser sig upp och gör en kopp kaffe, men den smakar liksom lite pl
Ruth Bonetti
I love Tove Jansson's Moomin books and discovered at an exhibition of her work in Helsinki that she is an even better painter.
This quote clicked with me to reshape the structure of my coming book 'Burn My Letters' (see

'There are those who stay at home and those who go away and it has always been so. Everyone can choose for himself, but he must choose while there is still time and never change his mind.'

My only qualm with this book is that its sudden ending with litt
ilus lugu igatsusest
Vet ikke hvordan jeg skal forholde meg til det faktum at jeg snart har lest alle mummibøkene. Sette meg ned å gråte, lese alle bøkene på nytt, tatovere en hemul bak øret?
Deana Morris
If you suffer from insomnia may I prescribe a Moomin book; guaranteed to lull your over active mind into gentle slumber within a few chapters.

I frequently revisit these beautiful stories in the small hours, always comforted by the truths we rediscover through the characters' exploits.

The November book brings together secondary characters and excludes the Moomins altogether. But it's none the poorer for all that.

I've never been a big hemulin fan, but I grew to quite like him in this story. And oh
This was ridiculously good - and smart. I cannot express in words how much I appreciate Jansson as one of those children's book authors who don't underestimate the intelligence of her readers. She dares to approach subjects that are dark and complicated and doesn't explain everything out, she lets her readers do the work themselves and find meanings that are valuable to them.

I loved how she used Moominvalley as a metaphor: the valley represented happiness to all of the characters, but for differ
I had never heard of Tove Jansson or the Moomin children's books before my friend Jeanne introduced me to this one. She loaned me this at a time when I was experiencing some mild anxiety & she thought the gentle fantasy world depicted here would be good for me. In the end I resolved my anxieties before I read the book, so I hung onto it until this month, feeling it would be appropriate to read it in November!

I don't see it as bleak or dark as some reviewers have called it. Is it a children'
Could Narnia survive without Aslan? Would Hogwarts be relevant without Harry Potter? The effect of the abscence of the most iconic characters of a world of fiction with which they are inherently linked could be devastating, but Moominvalley manages to survive the mysterious "dissapearance" of the endearing family of trolls that had been the focus on all previous books. When a disparate band of characters arrive to the valley in search of reasurance, after a major identity/life crisis that has sh ...more
Jaana V
"On niitä jotka jäävät ja toisia jotka lähtevät, niin on ollut aina. Kukin saa valita itse, mutta on valittava ajoissa, eikä koskaan saa antaa periksi.”

Kirja, joka pitää lukea uudelleen aina syksyisin. Mietteliäin, melankolisin, ja ehkä muumikirjoista selkeimmin "aikuisille suunnattu" kirja.
Muumiperhe on lähtenyt (kukaan ei tiedä minne), ja koleaan, syksyiseen ja tyhjään muumitaloon kokoontuu erikoinen joukko muumiperheen ystäviä.
Heistä jokainen käy läpi omanlaisensa identiteettikriisin uudessa
In this book, the regular main characters of the Moomin world - the moomin family, are not present. Instead we're introduced to other characters like Hemulen, Tofft, and Snuffkin. I did enjoy reading about them as they all ended up at the moomin family's empty house and following their passing of cold, rainy days in late autumn. However many of my favorite characters were missing (My, moominmamma), so it's not my favorite book in the collection. I think part of the genius of Tove Janssons charac ...more
I don't mean to offend her, but I hope I never meet the Fillyjonk. She's really strict, and she would probably yell if somebody was eating cake for breakfast or throwing snow inside the house. I'm a little bit scared of her, she reminds me of the old lady I live with a little bit.
I've picked this edition because it has the same cover as mine, but mine is a Puffin paperback. I like this book. The Moomins themselves aren't actually in it ... and yet they are there, as the visitors in this story come to realise. I wish ... I really wish ... that the story had stayed with Toft so we, too, could have welcomed the Moomins home one final time, recovered after their stay in the lighthouse.

But I loved the characters who came to say in Moominvalley in their absence. A motley asso
Det Tove Jansson gör i den här boken är modigt, men så är det också väldigt effektfullt – en Muminbok utan Muminfamiljen. De är frånvarande i hela boken, bortresta. Så vad handlar den då om? Jo, några figurer som av olika anledningar kommer för att söka upp familjen, bara för att upptäcka att de inte är där. De stannar emellertid kvar och väntar.

Medan de väntar finns inte så mycket annat att göra än att göra upp med sina “dämoner”. De har alla mist någonting och boken handlar mycket om hur de be
Прекрасна, както всички книжки от муминската серия. Този път муминското семейство отсъства, но затова пък къщата им се превръща в място за среща на няколко неспокойни души.:-))Атмосферата на отиващата си есен и настъпващата зима е неповторима!
K.n. Listman
Despite its appearance this is not really a book that young children would understand. However, it's something that pre-adolescents or older might be able to comprehend. Jansson's characters all seem to be going through midlife crises, which she explains in simple clear language (I can't read Swedish, but I'm assuming it is that way in original language, too.) I began to realize that Toft, who struggled with both the inability and power of creating things in his own mind, was much like an author ...more
Muminfamiljen är försvunnen då Hemulen, Homsan Toft, Filifjonkan, Onkelskruttet, Snusmumriken och Mymlan av olika anledningar bestämmer sig för att besöka mumindalen sent i november. Hela boken utstrålar en slags ensamhet, trots ständiga försök till att skapa gemenskap. Vad är ens mumindalen utan familjen? Jag tyckte väldigt mycket om den här boken. Det är intressant och vackert att följa de olika karaktärernas sökanden. Det är någonting speciellt med hela muminvärlden, och jag är osäker på om j ...more
Bill Keefe
You just read these books. You don't get excited. You don't laugh or cry. You just read them and you know you're learning, and feeling and wondering and sometimes puzzling but you just want to keep reading. It doesn't need to end. You keep drawing in the insights. Clutching the gems of wisdom and honesty. And then it's gone. And you stand up and move on but not at the same pace and not without a fleeting thought about moominvalley and what you're doing.

like a soft rain. a welcome soothing silver
This is quite a different moomin book. Like others have said in their reviews, on first sight it is quite a melancholy book. This is why I never read that far as a child. I got it as a Christmas present though as a child and I'm quite happy I did even if I didn't finish it, because I get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time I see the greeting on the title page from my granny.

I wouldn't say that it's completely melancholy though; it's sort of calm and quiet most of the time and sometimes even hap
Ennemmin 3- tai jopa 2, en osaa vielä päättää. Pyöristyy kuitenkin kolmoseen, joten antaapa nyt olla sen sitten.

Muumilaakson marraskuu on viimeinen Tove Janssonin kirjoittamista Muumi-romaaneista ja se lopettikin "sarjan" hienosti, kaihoisasti. Minulle tämä kirja ei kuitenkaan ollut viimeinen muumini, onneksi ei vielä!

Verrattuna aikaisemmin lukemiini Muumeihin, Muumilaakson marraskuu oli pettymys. Kirjoitustyyli tuntui liian erilaiselta, runollisemmalta. Tapahtumia ja hurjia juonenkäänteitä ei a
Janet Lunn loves these Moomin books and lent me this one. Tove Jansson writes in a wonderful way for children. Her characters are quirky and have weird hangups and yearnings. This is the passage that hooked me, and is quite appropriate to my end-of-summer reading of the book. We may mourn the loss of summer, but every season has its charms:

"The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It's a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you've got in as many
This is the first Tove Jansson book I have read, which is kind of ironic, since it's one of the last books she wrote. But I loved it. It was enchanting and it felt nice to read it. The way the characters live with eachother in that big empty house, all of them brought together with the thought of visiting the Moomin family, it's neat and pleasant. Even though it's still summer, this book just makes me want to put on a sweater, make some tea and decorate a Christmas tree. While they were all in t ...more
"The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It's a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you've got in as many supplies as you can. It's nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst ...more
I read Moominpappa At Sea earlier this summer and Moominvalley In November just now, first time in a very long time that I've re-read the last two Moomin books, and they still hold up incredibly well; if anything, they work better now than they did back then. The series starts out as "just" well-written children's stories, then gradually get more adult - not in the sense that she adds more sex and violence, but simply in that the characters (both young and old) grow up and are forced to look at ...more
Gijs Grob
Melancholiek kinderboek over een aantal eenzelvige wezens die in de herfst - overvallen door eenzaamheid, maar ook door paniek (de neurotische dame Fillyjonk) of door verlangen naar geborgenheid (het kleine, kinderlijke wezentje Toft), avontuur (de goedmoedige burgerman Hemulen) of muziek (de zwijgzame trekker Snufkin) - hun woning verlaten om bij de gezellige Moominfamilie op bezoek te gaan, maar die zijn helaas niet thuis.

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Robert Beveridge
Tove Jansson, Moominvalley in November (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1971)

Jansson's last Moominvalley book concerns itself not with the Moomins themselves, but with some of the ancillary characters from the series. In this one, it's November, and the Moomins have gone off somewhere for the winter. Seven of the valley's denizens-- among them Snufkin and the Fillyjonk-- decide to drop in and see what the Moomins are doing. Instead of finding the Moomins, they find one another, and hijinks commence.
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Tove 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
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Other Books in the Series

The Moomins (9 books)
  • The Moomins and the Great Flood (The Moomins, #1)
  • Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, #2)
  • Finn Family Moomintroll (The Moomins, #3)
  • Moominpappa's Memoirs (The Moomins, #4)
  • Moominsummer Madness (The Moomins, #5)
  • Moominland Midwinter (The Moomins, #6)
  • Tales from Moominvalley (The Moomins, #7)
  • Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8)
Finn Family Moomintroll (The Moomins, #3) The Summer Book The Moomins and the Great Flood (The Moomins, #1) Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, #2) Moominsummer Madness (The Moomins, #5)

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“Lie on the bridge and watch the water flowing past. Or run, or wade through the swamp in your red boots. Or roll yourself up and listen to the rain falling on the roof. It's very easy to enjoy yourself.” 63 likes
“The hemulen woke up slowly and recognised himself and wished he had been someone he didn't know.” 47 likes
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