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Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins #8)

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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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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
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.
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Carm
While this was not my favorite of the Moomin books I've read so far, it did have some wonderful elements, particularly some magical realism. Of course, the books are always a bit imaginative and full of magical and inventive characters, yet this one takes it to a new level. In this volume Moominpappa goes through a bit of a mid-life crisis and is determined to regain some control in his household by moving his family from Moominvalley in order to become a lighthouse keeper on a small island in t...more
Oana
A great book for kids of a certain type, especially if they read the Moomin books in order of published dates. The reason I say by publication order is that children will appreciate the growing solemnity of the books as they grow older. I recommend this book for a child of say nine or ten.

Among the topics covered are friendship (and the snobbiness of the cool crowd); homesickness; and the realization that parents are not omnipotent but capable of insecurity and mistakes as well.

This is a especi...more
Janitag
After a day of finishing this, I'm still in awe.


The Moomins move to a mysterious island after Moominpappa gets bored of their easy life. The island is occupied by a quiet sailor and an abandoned lighthouse. Strange things start to happen and soon it is as if the whole island has come alive...


I've yet to read a Moomin book as dark and spooky as this one. A homesick Moominmamma, trees that walk at night and the Groke (who has visited my childhood nightmares more often than anybody else). Isolated,...more
Jakob Miland
En rigtig fin bog der formår at vidergive havets og den bare klippeø's ensomhed og melankoli. Går i de samme toner lidt for længe, men til gengæld får man en langt bedre forståelse af Mummimor, -far, -trold og Lille My og deres indbyrdes forhold.
Emmy Woksepp
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Eric
I would give most of the books in this series 4 or even 5 stars. I actually really liked this book, but it gets 3 stars because it's less appropriate for kids. Earlier entries in the Moomin family series are considerably more whimsical and lighthearted. The tone of this entry is fairly melancholy. The Moomins have left Moomin Valley for a distant, isolated island. The Moomin family, usually a fun-loving crew, feels sad and lonely for much of the book.

Like the Harry Potter series, Jansson's Moom...more
Matilda
Another wonderful installment in the Moomin series. But this book is even less of a children's book, than Moominland Midwinter. While the previous book mingled dark with light, this book has very few light moments. For someone seeing the Moomins for the first time, it might seem strange to imagine a dark and sad book about these cute round creatures, but this one definitely is. And the darkness does not even stem from any disasters, but from the journey of self-discovery of the characters as the...more
Marte Patel
I loved the Moomin cartoons when I was little, and I was very excited when I got a free Moomin key-ring at the Bologna Book Fair in 2007. But I had never actually read the books before!

I bought this one quite randomly - it's the eight in the series - because for some reason the Kindle edition was only 30p! Apparently the Moomin books get gradually more grown-up and philosophical, and being such a late book, this was certainly quite dark and broody.

I missed some of the familiar characters and fou...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.

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin...more
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“It’s strange,” Moominmamma thought. “Strange that people can be sad, and even angry because life is too easy. But that’s the way it is, I suppose. The only thing to do is to start life afresh.” 20 likes
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