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Moominpappa's Memoirs (The Moomins #4)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  2,581 ratings  ·  105 reviews
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
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
Yksi parhaita muumikirjoja!
Två utmärkande drag för en klassiker skulle jag säga är en bok som visar på ett alternativt sätt att leva eller se på tillvaron, och/eller som visar hur märkligt och rent av absurt det vi anser vara normalt faktiskt är. Enligt den definitionen är alla böckerna om mumintrollen klassiker.

Det Tove Jansson gör är att skapa en sagovärld där i stort sett vad som helst kan hända, befolkar dem med figurer med klart igenkännbara karaktärsdrag (den lätt självgode muminpappan, det naiva men rättfärdiga mum
Laura K
Voi miten ihana, viehättävä ja mahtava Muumi-kirja tämä oli! Papan mahtaileva tyyli, kaikki isät ja lopulta äiditkin toivat muumitarinaan aivan oman syvyytensä, ja tämä oli jollain tapaa jo noita muutamaa aiempaakin filosofisempi ja pohdituttavampi. Tykkäsin, rakastin, ehkä muumeista ihanin.
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.
MB (What she read)
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,
Stephen Curran
Over the first three Moomins books, Moominpappa can been seen quietly working away at his memoirs. Here, we finally get to read the fruits of his labour.

The youthful adventures he recounts are great fun, enhanced by the usual vivid descriptions of nature. The reactions of Sniff and Snufkin as they hear about their parents for the first time are sweetly moving and the ending is downright romantic. "Life is short," says Moominpappa, "the world is enormous."

The illustrations are as beautiful as eve
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 st
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
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 fun with moomins. this one didn't have enough sniff or moomintroll for me to really love it, but the hemulen aunt and the niblet were pretty fun.
Of the three Moomin books I've read so far, this one is the deepest and most philosophical. That probably makes it the most "adult" of these alleged children's books.

Of course, they've all got traces of wisdom and philosophy in them, but it really emerges here, where Moominpappa sets out to write his life story. Like the other books, it's warmly absurd and imbued with deep emotion. Moominpappa considers himself quite special, born under important stars, resulting in an expressed desire for adve
Håkan Jonsson
Psychedelic experience.
Surprisingly enough The Moomins is one of my favorite series of all time. It follows the life of Moomin as he grows up and is an extremely underrated series. Now that we got that out of the picture:

Moominpappa's Memoirs is the story of how Moominpappa grew up and came to live where he does. The story takes us through the amazing imagination of Tove Janson with characters as lovable and realistic as possible. That says a lot, seeing as the Moomin family is hippo-things on two legs.

I recommend i
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
Jun 09, 2012 Honey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
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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
Deana Morris
Sometimes, in life, when your faith in all that is good and fair gets such a kicking that your head aches through the sawdust that fills it, there is comfort in a special book. This is such a book.
Moominpappa as an orphaned moomin is brave and determined and embraces adventure. In this lovely book he journeys with his friends, daring and noble.
I can highly recommend this book as a comfort read. And it works well if you are happy too.
I absolutely loved reading about Moominpappa and his early endeavors! I'm not exactly sure why I'm reluctant on giving this book more than three stars, but here's some guesses: I was kind of hoping there would be more? Moominpappa tells his tale as a well-formed story with clear beginning which ends once the hero gets on his way, with wild and interesting years of a young, the rest of his years dedicated to nostalgia and longing in a safe harbour with house, family, backyard and a nice neighborh ...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
Tenhle díl Muminka mě bavil zatím snad nejmíň, a mojí čtyřletou dceru též - vyprávění o tatínkově mladí, často psané nadnesenými a dětem vzdálenými slovy, nebylo tak zábavné a poutavé jako předchozí díly, ale byla tam samozřejmě i řada světlých bodů - lepitlapkové, Mimla a její děti, strašidlo, Eduard a v neposlední řadě Bedřišek a jeho vynálezy - díky nim si příběh asi nejvíc užil můj šestiletý syn :)
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
My first Moomin book. How did I never know about Moomins? I came across an embroidery pattern of Moomins. The next day, this book appeared on my Overdrive book suggestions and it was available!
This was probably a good initiation into the series though it's #4.
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!
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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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