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Moominpappa's Memoirs (The Moomins #4)

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Before he had a family, Moominpappa led a life of adventure and intrigue. But he’s never told his story until now. He has a bad cold, and it’s the perfect time to remember his youthful endeavors and to ponder the experiences which have made him the remarkable Moomin he is.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Square Fish (first published 1950)
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Sean D'angelo
As far as Tove Jansson's work goes, Moominpappa's Memoirs may be better suited for the more mature and philosophical children (or nostalgic adults like myself). It's definitely not a bedtime read. But in my opinion no other book in the Moomin series captures quite so well the pure whimsical delight of Jansson's imagination. In fact, it's the only one that's ever brought a tear of joy to my eye.

For those who have read and enjoyed other Moomintroll books, don't be discouraged by the absence of you...more
Depending on your point of view, I have either read this book twice (once twenty years ago, and once last week), or I've read two different books one time each. Moominpappa's Memoirs is a revised edition of The Exploits of Moominpappa. It seems Jansson went back and rewrote and added bits to the original not long after its first English translation was published. The English language publishers apparently chose to pretend this hadn't happened (it must indeed have been quite vexing for them) and...more
I like how Moominpappa is so shy about his high opinion of himself sometimes and then at other times he just says things like "I was born under special stars... I was found in a small sea shell padded with velvet."
:-) and "Does he resemble me?" but at least he whispered that.
Moominpapa's Memoirs = The Exploits of Moominpapa. I love the Moomins! Re-read because I needed a joy break. Forgot how stunning her artwork is--amazing! This book has such a lovely ending too. So satisfying,
Karl Orbell
Two things I have learnt from this book.

1. Moominpappa is a narcissistic pillock.
2. Tove Jansson can't write in the first person at all well.

Moominpappa lifting weights

Nevertheless, this little novel is presented as the memoirs of Moominpappa, and serves as a history for the other Moomin books, so it's a necessary read within the series.

We are introduced to the fathers of Snufkin and Sniff, and eventually their mothers too, not all quite alike their children, but sufficiently so to imagine that this is just any other stor...more
It seems like this one is a lot of readers' least favorite of the series, but I actually really enjoyed Moominpappa's Memoirs! The format (Moominpappa reading the memoirs chapter by chapter, followed by the children's responses) was a nice break from the usual linear storytelling of the other Moomin books. Complaints are sometimes made that Moominpappa is stuffy, self-important, and--well, boring, but that's really the point of the book. It's a parody of memoir, and pretty comical at that.

Douglas Dalrymple
I was sick at home with the flu recently when my daughter told me I should read this book. It begins with Moominpappa in bed with a cold, acting like a baby, afraid he’s going to die and that all the treasure of his life experiences will be forever uncommemorated. So he sits up and begins writing his memoirs. He has very romantic notions about himself. He was born, he says, under propitious stars. Though an orphan, he suspects he is a child of royalty. His life, from its earliest days, was one m...more
Robert Collins
As Moominpappa writes his memoirs, he describes the adventures he and creatures he encountered as young Moomin. He describes how he ran away from home, travelled the world and how he eventually met Moominmamma.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I consider it to be timeless. Jansson’s imagination and ability to be highly descriptive but brief really makes the story move quickly and holds the reader’s attention. The book jumps effortlessly between the present and the past. I think that Ja...more
Håkan Jonsson
Psychedelic experience.
Of all the Moomin books I've read, this is my least favourite. It's not a bad book, it just doesn't have the same charm the others do. Maybe it's because I've always been fond of the younger characters reading about Moominpappa wasn't that interesting to me. Yes, there are some amazing adventures in this book and the way it explains the families and relationships of the characters is hands down the best part of the story. However, young Moominpappa as a character is at times annoying, having suc...more
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Here Moominpappa gets the chance to tell with his own words about his younger years. A dismal childhood in an orphanage and the feeling of not being loved or appreciated changes into great adventures with Hodgkins and his ship. Moominpappa's narrative voice is pompous and self-centered but not the least bit annoying. The satirizing of the memoir genre gives a special air to the whole book.

Several of my favourite scenes from the tv-series are included: a female Hemulen gets rescued from Groke and...more
Feb 25, 2013 Judy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all and sundry
Recommended to Judy by: a mystery...
This is one of my all time favourite books. This is the edition I read as a child whilst swinging in a hammock on summer holidays at our farm. It was the first Moomin book I had read, although it is not the first in the sequence. I'm so grateful to have been introduced to the work of the stellar Tove Jansson as a child, because her work for children and adults has given me immense pleasure over the years.

She was outstanding as an artist as well as a writer. Most of all she inspires me still wit...more
Jun 09, 2012 Honey rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Lote L.
Es to esmu teikusi un atkārtošu vēlreiz - Mumintētis ir viens lieliski iedomīgs tēls. Viņa lielībai nav robežu, viņš ir pilnīgs bērns, kas pārņemts ar savu brīnišķīgumu un aizraujošo dzīvi. Man ļoti žēl, ka memuāros nav iekļauts viss stāsts, piemēram, tas, par ko viņš patiesi kaunās - ceļojums kopā ar baltajiem zalkšiem. Bet līdz tam mēs tiksim. Par muminiem!

Vispār man nepatīk sacensības, jo es drausmīgi apjūku, ja neuzvaru.
Bet savā ziņā es nolēmu, ka šīs jaunās jūtas ir ļoti interesan
In this installment of the Moomin series we follow the story of Moominpappa's youth. Moominpappa is embarrassingly convinced of his self-importance but is still a lovable character. Hodgkins, the Muddler and Joxter are all as different from each other as they are from Moominpappa and this creates a wonderful cast of characters. Moominpappa is very ambitious and wants to become a famous adventurer. He does not understand the Joxter who is happy just being. This conversation between Moominpappa an...more
I admit to being a little disappointed when I discovered that this was not the story of Moominpappa's adventures following the Hattifatteners, but I soon came round to embrace this strange tale of fathers: Moomintroll's, Sniff's, and Snufkin's, respectively. I was a little concerned that Sniff and Snufkin appeared to have never even met their parents, but I guess in Moominland that's not such a crazy notion. Anyway, this is Moominpappa's somewhat embellished account of his early years, from his...more
Siitäkin huolimatta, että tässä teoksessa saadaan vähän taustoja mm. Nipsulle ja Nuuskamuikkuselle, sekä sille, kuinka muumit asuttuivat laaksoon, ei se ole mielestäni paras sarjasta kuitenkaan. Olisin toivonut enemmän eroavaisuutta Muumipapan viralliselle kertomukselle ja taas yleiselle tarinankerronnalle.
Чем дольше читаю книжки про Муми-троллей, тем больше убеждаюсь в их недетскости. Вот, например, прекрасная цитата. "Не могу описать, как это скверно, когда твои друзья либо женятся, либо становятся королевскими изобретателями. Сегодня ты принадлежишь беспечной компании любителей приключений, готовых отправиться в путь, как только им наскучит оставаться на одном месте. Отправляйся, куда только захочешь, перед тобой карта всего мира... и вдруг путешествия перестают их интересовать. Им хочется жить...more
"I cannot stress enough the perils of your friends marrying or becoming court inventors. One day you are all a society of outlaws, adventurous comrades and companions who will be pushing off somewhere or other when things become tiresome; you have all the world to choose from, just by looking at the map...
"...And then, suddenly, they're not interested any more. They want to keep warm. They're afraid of rain. They start collecting big things that can't fit in a rucksack. They talk only of small...more
Finally I've read them all! Moominpappa's Memoirs is sweeter than the others Moomins' books, and also a bit less logical (because I consider all strange things that happen in other books are in fact very sensible). Moominpappa is too proud of himself but this makes the story funnier... and more human.
I've been a little bit disappointed by the end but then I remembered: it's a book for children, of course it has to end like this!
James Perkins
Another bizarre but hugely entertaining volume about the cute Finnish traditional children's icons, the Moomins. This one tells the story of how Moominpappa encountered a series of weird beings who then became the parents of his friends in Moomin Valley. It also chronicles his first meeting with Moominmamma, his wife - although how the naked, hippopotamus-like creatures produced their son Moomintroll without the aid of any genitalia is anyone's guess. With her surreal imagery and odd wit, Tove J...more
Jansson is not the household name that Milne or Carroll are, but she deserved to be. The Moomin books are a mixture of absurd adventure and familiar values and themes which Jansson magically conveys through the antics of the odd characters. Moominpappa's Memoirs is the story of Moominpappa's life. Moominmama admonishes him not to brag so much about his past or spend so much time talking about his feelings; the little ones want adventure. And it is adventure that they get as the tales of sea trav...more
In which we find out how everybody is related to everybody else! I do like Moominpappa - his vanity really shines through but it's funny rather than unattractive.
Susanne Samuelsson
En av de bästa böcker som skrivits. Lätt självgod men väldigt charmig berättare. Obligatorisk omläsning minst vart femte år.
Tove Jansson lived in Finland, which is my country too.
Book in finnish: Muumipapan muistelmat
Mia Parviainen
Delightfully absurd. Moominpappa tells the story of his adventures, from childhood up until the present. The characters are hysterically odd, and yet it all makes perfect sense. Set sail on the misspelled Ocean Oxtra (Orchestra), meet a knitting ghost, discover where Little My came from, and watch out for Edward the Booble.

I think my only qualm with the book is that I fear I might secretly be a Hemulen, since I often see opportunities for learning in everything, I like structure, and I might be...more
Ihana seikkailu, ihana Muumipapan kasvutarina, ihana WSOY:n uusi painos.

"En voi kyllin painottaa, miten vaarallista on kun ystävät menevät naimisiin tai ryhtyvät hovikeksijöiksi. Ensin on lainsuojattomien seura, joukko seikkailunhaluisia toveruksia, jotka lähtevät matkaan kun kyllästyvät ja voivat vaeltaa, mihin ikinä haluavat, koko maailma on avoinna - ja sitten, yhtäkkiä heitä ei enää kiinnostakaan." s. 149

Kirjan loppu oli niin sykähdyttävä, Muumimamman tapaaminen ja jälkinäytös, että ihan sen...more
I do not read children's books too often, as they somehow don't give me what I expect from reading. Still, I somehow enjoyed reading these "memoirs". First of all, the style is very poetic and there are also many winking details; then of course, the characters are cute and as exagerated as possible. In the end, though, I did not really get the feeling of having been in Moominpappa's world. Maybe I'll try to read it to the next four-year-olds who'll come along - I guess they could explain me more...more
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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.

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