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Le memorie di Papà Mumin (The Moomins #4)

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Papà Mumin non è sempre stato il capo della sua piccola famiglia e la persona più autorevole di tutto il gruppo di amici della valle in cui vive: Papà Mumin è stato anche un piccolissimo troll Mumin, abbandonato in fasce avvolto in un foglio di giornale davanti all'orfanotrofio gestito dall'Emula. E poi è stato un giovane dalla vita avventurosa e movimentatissima. E poi è ...more
Paperback, Gl'istrici, 165 pages
Published 2007 by Salani (first published 1950)
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I must be terribly unobservant; despite having read the Mumintroll series on and off for several decades, I had somehow not noticed that Snusmumriken and his father Joxaren are Zen masters. But this passage was so obvious that even I couldn't miss it:
När Fredrikson avlöste mig vid rodret i gryningen nämnde jag i förbigående Joxarens förvånande och fullkomliga brist på intresse för omgivningen.

Hm, sa Fredrikson. Kanske han tvärtom bryr sig om allting? Vi bryr oss om en enda sak. Du vill bli. Jag
Sean D'angelo
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Muminki to Muminki ♥
Jul 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: second-childhood
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
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yksi parhaita muumikirjoja!
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Deborah O'Carroll
Yet another fun one! I loved getting to read Moominpappa's memoirs -- such escapades, such oddness, such fun! :) Moominpappa has quite a "feel" to his storytelling. It's great. Also the Joxter was fun -- nice to know where Snufkin's slightly lawless ways originated. ;) So much fun! And I especially loved how the memoirs would pause occasionally as Moominpappa is interrupted in his reading by Moomintroll, Sniff, and Snufkin, as they ask questions about the story and their various daddies' adventu ...more
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todella riemastuttava pieni kirja Muumipapan nuoruusvuosista! Piirretyn tv-sarjan katsomisesta on kulunut jo sen verran aikaa, että osa näistä tapahtumista ja hahmoista on päässyt unohtumaan, mutta tässä kirjassa ne kertautuivat hyvin. Kirja oli täynnä mitä hassuimpia otuksia ja voi vain ihmetellä, miten loistava mielikuvitus Tove Janssonilla on ollut. Ja ei, hänen kirjoitustyylissäänkään ei ole mitään moitittavaa, päinvastoin. Suosittelen ihan jokaiselle ikään ja sukupuoleen katsomatta!
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 :)
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,
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omasta-hyllystä
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.
Anna Walden
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute cute cute. I listened to this on Spotify, Tove Jansson was narrating it and that was really good. It brightened up my time on the buss.
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
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muumipapan urotyöt-kirjassa muumipappa itse alkaa kirjoittamaan omasta nuoruudestaan ja seikkailuistaan kolmen ystävänsä kanssa. Muumipeikko ystävineen odottavat malttamattomina kirjan valmistumista ja kuuntelevat korvat höröllä aina kun muumipappa on saanut seuraavan kappaleensa valmiiksi. Aina välillä palataan hetkiin jolloin muumien perhe keskustelee papan kirjasta ja kyselevät heitä pohdituttavista asioista. Etenkin Nipsu ja Nuuskamuikkunen ovat erityisen kiihkeästi tarinassa mukana, sillä o ...more
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_to_kids
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
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
Robert Collins
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grafiska-romaner
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
Stephen Curran
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Not my favorite Moomin book but not bad. Moominpappa's language and reminiscences are extremely melodramatic as he recounts his youthful adventures. I worried I'd get tired and not finish the book, but after a while it grew on me and started to feel silly (as intended) instead of just pompous.

From the Polish translation, p.74:
- Dlaczego [tak zrobiles]? - zapytalem.
- Nie wiem - odparl szczerze. - Miewam czasem niezrozumiale pomysly.

My loose translation of this charming admission:
"Why [did you do
Håkan Jonsson
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Psychedelic experience.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tove ei petä. Pitäis pitää muistivihkoa vierellä samalla ko lukee, että vois kirjata ylös kaikki kauniit ja huvittavat viisaudet.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, fantasy, 2015, own
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.
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muumipapan urotyöt nousi yhdeksi lempimuumikirjakseni♥
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
აუ რა კარგი იყო
Tuomas Saloranta
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oikein mainio seikkailukertomus, omalaatuisia maailmoja ja hauskoja hahmoja, veikeimpinä kummitus, Drontti Edvard ja debyyttinsä tekevä Pikku Myy.
Liz Yerby
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hehe v cute-- and some of my favorite illustrations of the short story books.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Huonoa elämää?" minä sanoin kiinnostuneena. "Millä tavalla?"
"En oikein tiedä", sanoi Juksu. "Ehkä ne tallaavat toisten kasvimaat ja juovat olutta."
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
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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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