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Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins #8)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  3,341 ratings  ·  126 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
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
Stephen Curran
When Moomintroll reports that he has extinguished a small fire in the moss, his father becomes unexpectedly cross and obsessive: "Don't imagine that a spot like this isn't dangerous. Far from it. It can go on burning under the moss, you see. In the ground. Hours and perhaps even days may go by, and then suddenly, whoof! The fire breaks out somewhere quite different." He is, of course, actually speaking about his own lingering dissatisfactions.

This starting point isn't dissimilar to 'The Secret o
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
This book has everything a children's book should have: Pipe smoking, whisky, and existential crisis.

This book taught me a lot about life when I was younger, and I still find it as comforting and mysterious as ever.

Tove Jansson, you are the best, I give you a kiss on the nose!
Piezīme nākamībai - KAD pašai būs bēbji, jādodas izbraukumā pie jūras, un šis jālasa kopā.
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
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
Tässä on huomattavasti synkempi Muumit-tarina. Tarinan kieli on jo erilainen (ei ole puhe Muumipapasta ja -mammasta vaan isästä ja äidistä), Muumipappa on lähes masentuneen oloinen tai vähintään alakuloinen. Se, että Mörkö on isossa osassa tarinaa, kertoo jotain myös kirjoittajasta. Olisiko synkempi elämänvaihe ollut meneillään tätä tarinaa kirjoittaessa?

Muumipappa ja meri on erilainen, muttei missään tapauksessa huono. Ehkä välillä turhan jahkaava, mutta kiinnostava silti.
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
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
Mind the Book
"En obestämd eftermiddag i slutet av augusti gick en pappa omkring i sin trädgård och kände sig onödig."
*(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
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
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.
How is this a children's book!?

Okay, sure. I get it. We have our regular cast (well, four of them anyway) doing the usual Moominish stuff, which is certainly entertaining for children, . . .

. . . but how many children's books do you know that are about men in mid-life crises and the effect it has on their families? This is really ponderous, adult-level stuff -- but with hippo-things instead of people.

It starts gloomy and it gets progressively gloomier as each character struggles with the chang
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?
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!
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
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
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
Christine Rowe
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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
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
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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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