Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8) by Tove JanssonThe Moomin series has always been remarkable not only for its charm and whimsy, but also for its sense of melancholy, unusual in childrens literature. Moominpappa at Sea is a particularly introspective installment; here you will find no heroic battles or overwhelming drama, just one familys 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. Its a story about becoming independent; about bringing order out of chaos; about creating the world you want to live in, and sometimes about what happens when you cant.
Moominpappa at Sea is also probably the only childrens book youll ever read that centers on a midlife crisis. The story begins with Moominpappa not feeling needed around his home in Moominvalley, so he decides to pick up his family and move to an island he has only seen on the map. The island is no tropical paradise--it actually sounds quite imposing, looming over the Moomins at first sight like a giant shadow--but holds mysteries aplenty for the whole family: Moominpappa and Moominmamma; Moomintroll and Little My. There is the old abandoned lighthouse, and the antisocial fisherman who lives on the opposite side of the island. There are the trees that seem so frightened they move of their own accord and a threat from home, the mournful Groke, who freezes everything in her path.
The Moomins are imaginary creatures, who dont have jobs or schedules to follow, yet it is amazingly easy to relate to their experiences, particularly in this novel. In fact, Moominpappas crisis stems from the fact he has nothing to keep him occupied, a familiar problem these days, though in his case it is not due to being retired or unemployed. Moomintroll, in earlier books in the series, has seemed about eight or nine, but now hes dealing with the problems of an adolescent, including the struggle to be independent and an obsession with sea horses (they are actual, tiny horses in this book) that borders on an early crush. In fact, he is starting to see the world as more than black and white, as he comes to understand the threatening but not really evil Groke. Our little Moomintroll is growing up! My, on the other hand, is just as we need her to be; irrepressible and just a little bit wicked, often adding a touch of humor just when things get dark.
As you might have guessed, Ive never been one to feel childrens books couldnt be enjoyed outside their intended demographic. However, I feel that Moominpappa at Sea should be particularly appreciated by adults, while maintaining the sense of wonder that has made these books beloved by generations of kids.
Moominpappa At Sea
Something tremendous. He was quite bewitched and confused. This is a sad and troubling book. Moominpappa mopes about the house because everything in Moomin Valley is fixed and everything is taken care of. Little My says he needs to get angry and let off steam, and indeed he bickers with Moominmamma in a way unimaginable in the earlier, innocent books.
Moominpappa is feeling at a loss. He has no idea what to do with himself - it seems everything has already been done! So he takes his family off to start a new life in a lighthouse on a tiny, rocky island far out to sea. It's rather lonely at first, but it isn't long before the Moomins discover some funny and surprising new things about themselves. Please sign in to write a review.
The Moomins are strange but completely loveable creatures, cute and funny and always having the greatest of adventures. The wonderful creations of Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson, the Moomins have grown and grown in popularity, bringing smiles to all those who read the many heart-warming books and comic strips. Tove Jansson's fiction is also heart-warming, and is mythical and atmospheric. Foyles Bookshop. Sign In.
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