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Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins #8)

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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  3,042 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Leave Moominvalley? Is it possible? Yes, even the Moomin family need a change of scenery sometimes, so they’re off to live in a lighthouse on a tiny island. Here they find space to grow, and to do things they couldn’t in their comfortable, cluttered valley home. As they discover their new home, the family also discover surprising, and wonderfully funny, new things about th ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Square Fish (first published 1965)
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Nate D
A peculiar only-sort-of-for-children late Moomin novel where the family attempts of combat leisure-ennui by moving to a ragged lighthouse island far out in the ocean. Concerns itself to a large degree with the need for strife, or at least a challenge, to give daily purpose -- without which lies only depression and torpor. Yikes. Still some strange moments of magic and wonder, of course, but tempered by cynicism and a warm-but-realistic sense of the petty and no-so-petty impulses that drive peopl ...more
Kim
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 ...more
Julian Meynell
In my opinion, Tove Jannson is the best children's author who ever lived and one of the ten greatest authors of the twentieth century. I have only read her Moomintroll work and not the work for adults, but I have read almost all of the Moomintroll books, picture books and comic strips. In this review I will focus on Moominpappa at Sea, but I will also try to give a sense of why I think that she deserves to be placed with the likes of Orwell, Nabakov, Hemingway and Selby, even though she wrote bo ...more
Niina
This was my third Moomin-book, one I was left in awe after reading. Moominpappa at Sea was deliberately darker than other books on the series I've read this far, something I was not expecting. The story began dark, and it only got darker and more suffocating the longer it continued, a feeling of inevitable doom lingered around the lonely island and the huge lighthouse the Moomin family moved into.

The story circled around Moominpappa, who felt unnecessary, felt less-of-a-man, felt like his missi
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Sepp
As a kid, it felt a lighthearted adventure story. Boy, how gloomy it can be occasionally, when you are... not finding a better word... an adult.
Hofi Jonsdottir
"Mumifar slog en streg over alle sine spekulationer, han levede bare helt og fuldt, lige fra halespidsen og til ørerne"
Vít Kotačka
Muminky miluju už od dětství. Tehdy, bohužel, vyšly pouze dvě knížky - Čarodějův klobouk a Tatínek píše paměti. Teď, s vlastními dětmi, už si můžu užít i všechny ostatní příběhy. A jsem rád, že děti milují muminky taky.

Tatínek a moře není jednoduché čtení - je to předposlední kniha, která vyšla dvacet let po té první. A ten posun je znát. Celá kniha je velmi melancholická, dýchne na vás vše, co si jako středoevropan představujete o Skandinávii. Je také velmi komorní. V každé muminí knize je sp
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Eva Šašková
I am never going to get tired of Moominpappa at Sea. I knew it when I was 10, I knew it when I was 18 and I'm still as sure now, at 24, after eagerly devouring the book in almost one go, yet again. I've read all Moomin books multiple times but Moominpappa at Sea remains my personal favourite and I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was to finally get my own copy which I was desperately trying to get hold of for years. And then the whole series got rereleased this year for the 100th anniver ...more
Jonatan Iversen-Ejve
Jag tyckte inte om den här boken när jag var yngre. Den var enligt mig, likt Sent i November, en seg och tråkig "vuxenbok" som helt saknade det liv och den mystik som fanns i de andra Muminböckerna. Jag vet inte om jag ens läste klart den när det begav sig, för nu när jag återvänder många år senare hittar jag så mycket mer än jag tidigare hade trott. Kanske är det just för att jag har blivit en tråkig vuxen. Boken är fylld av mystik och övernaturliga ting - det är bara berättat på ett mer lågmäl ...more
Eveliina
Muumipappa ja meri oli ensimmäinen muumikirja, johon olen koskenut ja ehkä se siksi on mielestäni kaikkein vaikuttavin. Kirjassa muumipappa on kriisissä ja hän päättää muuttaa perheineen pieneen saareen, majakkaan.
Saari on karu ja kylmä. Onnettumuudestaan huolimatta saarella tapahtuu erilaisia astioita, ihmeellisiä asioita. Mielestäni saaren karu olemus on koko kirjan juju. Se on omalla tavallaan kiehtovan kaunis jo sellaisenaan, mutta kaikki sen salaisuudet nostavat saaren arvoa pienen ötökän
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Amy
*(favorite character- the groke)*

moominpappa, in a truly male chauvanist way, is having a crisis because he is not feeling like strong male. so he gathers up his family and makes them move out to the sea to fulfill his own dreams of the sea. moominpappa's crisis is very real to him, and many other males, and who hasn't pulled up their roots or stifled a wish to please good ole dad. there are some real nice moments with nature and the sea for all characters involved. for all groke fans there's be
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Katri
I enjoyed taking my time with this book. It has a wonderful, strong atmosphere that I loved just sinking into one or two chapters at a time. The element of sea and living by the seaside is very strong here. I've never lived by the sea, but I still felt I could hear the winds, see the rocks and smell the sea air as I read this. I also love the subtle descriptions of the Moomintroll growing up, and the way the Groke becomes a much deeper character in this book than before.
Andy Bettison
Oh my, what a beautiful book. I can't believe it's taken me until fatherhood before discovering the Moomins (I seem to have only ever seen picture books and TV adaptations, all of which left me cold) but I'm so so glad that I've been able to discover them properly with my boy as a bedtime story.

This book was sheer poetry. Quite a dark and ominous tale, but beautifully so. The magic was gentle and soft, sometimes to the point where it was difficult to tell whether things were really happening or
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Alex
Haunting. I read this in Swedish and the translator did a fantastic job. If you read the Moomin series from the first to the last, you sense the books growing from just being childrens books to journeys into the soul, rather like The Little Prince. I get very melancholy when I read these books.
Count Duckula
i once had a fight over this book - some asshole laughed cos i called it chekovian ... its beautiful and if it doesnt make you cry YOU HAVE NO SOUL! I have lived my life never learning the lesson of the sea horses. Actually, I am beginning to learn it now ... but then again I am very old.
Mänsomläser
Det börjar med att Muminpappan är rastlös. Allt som behöver göras är redan gjort och man förstår att han behöver något slags projekt eller äventyr. Vad han till slut gör är att han tar med familjen till en ö ute i havet för att starta ett nytt liv där. Familjen hittar en fyr där de flyttar in och Muminpappan tar sig an uppgiften att få igång lampan som har slocknat.

Den här boken är ett mästerverk! Fullständigt trollbindande i sin gåtfullhet. Vad går det hela ut på? Vad menas? Vad vill hon säga?
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Bookmaniac70
Прекрасна книга с изящен език- от една страна, много съкровен, от друга- режещ и точен. Прочетена за един час в близост до морето- чудесно преживяване!
William
I hadn't read any Moomin books before Hannah started reading them, and so I picked this up without really knowing what I was going to read. However, this is simply just a charming book. It's a perfect antidote to all the political non-fiction I've been reading recently, and it's an excellent analysis of the human condition and what makes a family a family. If I was going further, then I'd say it demonstrates the viability of a world where people work for themselves and their leisure rather than ...more
nicole
A very somber chapter in the lives of the Moomins. The reading is a bit murky, at times a bit of a drudgery even, as you struggle along with the family as they forge a new life for themselves on an (almost) deserted island where nothing seems to work and nature itself is against them. But that's life, isn't it? Whether you're human of hippo-like-something-or-other, you've got to keep pressing on even when the world fights you and fills you with self-doubt. In the end, if you have your family abo ...more
Aileen
I don't think that I would have liked this Moomin book as well as Finn Family Moomintroll, however this book was the ideal read for the circumstances I have found myself in. Moominpappa=Jordan. I found some great quotes in this book, among them:

p 82: "Isn't life exciting!" Moomintroll thought. "Everything can change all of a sudden, and for no reason at all!"

p 124: And she didn't want to do the jigsaw puzzle because it reminded her that she was so much alone.

p 128: Moominpappa didn't answer. He
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Christine Rowe
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Eileen
Dec 29, 2011 Eileen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eileen by: Book Group
Moominpappa at Mid-Life Crisis?

I met Tove Jansson’s Moomin family recently thanks to a Finnish member of my book group who (of course) grew up with them. Jansson wrote many books about the Moomins. In this episode, Moominpappa decides to move his family (Moominmamma, their son, Moomintroll, and their impish adopted daughter, My) to a small island that is quite different from their beloved Moominvalley. Moominmamma misses her independence and her garden. Moomintroll misses the comforting routine
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Kristin
Well, this book stands out in the Moomin series-- it's a parable for depression. I've been reading Jansson's works to cheer myself, but this one put me in a deep funk that I realized at some point was really just the book bringing it out of me, already in existence. And then, amazingly, the end uplifted me much more than simple cheering. It's really a profound little story. It was said in a different Moomin book that swallows only hang around happy houses; in this book, the family moves to the l ...more
Kätlin
Beautiful writing! I've read the Moomin books more or less in the order they were written in, and this is very different from her earlier works. I loved the first 3 books too, but they often seemed like almost random, sometimes unconnected things happening to the characters. Here, there's suddenly so much more subtext and so much more character development. And so much more mystery! Trees and rocks who are afraid and will move to a different location, for example.

There are some paragraphs that a
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Sanni
Muumipappa ja meri on ensimmäinen lukemani Muumi-kirja ja myös yksi kirjoista, joita luen yhä uudestaan.

Kirja alkaa isästä, joka tuntee itsensä tarpeettomaksi, kaikki työt on tehty tai sitten joku toinen on jo siinä touhussa. Niinpä Muumipappa päättää viedä perheensä pienelle, yksinäiselle ja kaukaiselle saarelle. Vain siellä hän voisi olla perheensä oikea pää ja suojelija. Hänellä olisi myös toinen tehtävä: toimia majakanvartijana ja oppia ymmärtämään merta.

Tarina on hellyyttävä kertomus merest
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Phillip
Over the decades I have had a few passing glances with the work of Tove Jansson, But this is the first opportunity I have taken to delve into one of her books. The fact that I randomly ended up starting with book number seven in her Moomin series may have not provided the best introduction to her characters, but I was still intrigued by the dynamics of their relationships.

In this volume, the Moomin Family leaves their beloved Moomin Valley to man a lighthouse on a small remote island. The irony
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Deborah
You have to love Moominmamma for totally going along with Moominpappa's midlife crisis, and still managing to make a home for the Moomins in a godforsaken lighthouse. This is quite hard-going for a Moomin story - little My provides the only light relief, and even this wasn't much fun for the ants. But it is all very atmospheric and if you want to find out what depression is like without actually experiencing it yourself, this is the book to read.
Lauren
In the beginning of the story Moominpappa decides to move his entire family to an island far out at sea so that he can take care of them and protect them. It seems Moominpappa is not feeling very useful and necessary so he creates this adventure for his family. One of the more striking quotes from the book comes from Moominmamma just as the family is about to set off and leave behind their cozy home. “It’s strange,’ Moominmamma thought. ‘Strange that people can be sad, and even angry because lif ...more
Margo Brooks
I had never heard of the Moomins until my Finnish friend sent me this book. Who knew that there were tv shows, comics and even an amusement park based on the Moomins series? But now that I've read my first one, I'm hooked. I just adore the flawed and brave Moominpapa. I found his big picture view of the world and his desire to take care of his family touching. In fact, they were all touching. What a wonderful book premise, to showcase a family who really loves each other. I even loved the Gork. ...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.

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  • Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, #2)
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