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Moominvalley in November (Puffin Books) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Tove Jansson
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28 Nov 1974 Puffin Books

'They can't have moved away without saying a word!'

Winter is coming, and the Fillyjonk, the Hemulen, Toft, Mymble, etc. are all waiting in Moominvalley to see the Moomins return home. Winter doesn't seem right without them . . .

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (28 Nov 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014030715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140307153
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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TOVE JANSSON (1914-2001) is revered around the world as one of the foremost children's authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated Moomin chapter books.

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“The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring.”—"Wall Street Journal"“Tove Jansson . . . has a polished style, gentle humor, and an ever-fresh imagination. And her creatures, from the fussy Hemulen and Fillyjonk to cowering little Toft, are as delightful as ever.”—Zena Sutherland, "Saturday Review"“Drenched in atmosphere . . . The highly subtle narrative is frequently pure poetry.”—"The Horn Book"“Jansson knows as well as ever how to make the reader laugh; more than ever she underlines the sadness behind the smile. "Moominvalley in November" is full of . . . fun and tenderness.”—"The  Times Literary Supplment" (London)“More fantastic than "Alice in Wonderland," more compelling than "Charlotte’s Web," and more mysterious than Nancy Drew.”—"The Midwest Book Review"“A lost treasure now rediscovered . . . A surrealist masterpiec

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Tove Jansson was born in Finland in 1914. She began her career as a cartoonist and went on to write and illustrate many books for adults and children. She drew her first Moomin in the 1930s, just for fun, and in 1945 he became a character in a children's story. Tove became world-famous for her Moomin books which began with Comet in Moominland in 1946, closely followed by Finn Family Moomintroll and six more Moomin adventures. Tove Jansson received many prestigious awards during her lifetime, including the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal. She died in 2001, aged 87. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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EARLY one morning in Moominvalley Snufkin woke up in his tent with the feeling that autumn had come and that it was time to break camp. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last Moomin book ever written... 22 Feb 2005
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...and for a good reason. Rereading the book after she had written it, Tove Jansson realised that while she was still telling stories about the inhabitants of the Moominvalley, she was no longer writing for children.
But it is wonderful that she did not realise this earlier - the book is beautiful. It is maybe the most melancholy of the Moomin books. It is the November and various characters turn up at the Moominhouse to spend some time with the warm Moomin family, only to find them gone and the house boarded up (to find out where they went, read Moominpappa and the Sea). The montley crew of visitors desides to settle in nevertheless...
This book and Moominpappa and the Sea are the ones that can really be enjoyed by adults, rich, beautifully written and full of exploration of very human issues. In fact, although I loved the Moomin novels as a child, these two I thought were strange and not wholly palatable then. Now they are the ones that stand out as the writer's masterpieces.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Moominvalley 21 May 2007
"Fillyjonk had never liked night-time. There's nothing worse than looking into complete darkness; it is like walking straight out into eternity and not having anybody with you."

By the time she came to write this last book in the Moominvalley series, Tove Jansson had declared that she could not longer go back to the 'happy valley' of the earlier novels and this sense of dislocation informs this wonderfully bleak conclusion.

As autumn turns to winter the peripheral characters from the other Moomin novels are drawn back to the Moominhouse by memories of the ever-accommodating family's warmth and liberalism. Finding it cold and abandoned, the odd, the alienated, and the nervous search for warmth and common ground with each other and in the process find that even the most powerful of personalities are made stronger by an ability to compromise.

This little meditation on loneliness and incompatibility never becomes depressive because Jansson's writing is economic, wistful and wry, and the heart behind it all is huge and compassionate.

This is a brave and indelible ending to the best books in the world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell Is Other Moomins 13 Oct 2011
Surely no other children's book in the history of literature was written less with children in mind. The Moomin family are hippo-like funny cartoon creatures so it is not unreasonable to assume any books they feature in must be light in tone and aimed at very young readers.

That is absolutely not the case in this, the last of the Moomin books proper.

In fact, Tove Jansson examines deep and serious issues here, the effect is rather disconcerting if the reader has only experienced early Moomin works like "Comet in Moominland" before reading this book; Rather like Ingmar Bergman writing and directing an episode of "the Smurfs" TV cartoon series.

Actually, the Moominfamily evolved from the sunny stories of the earliest books, through works like "Moominpappa at Sea" where more adult themes of isolation and loss are examined. Here, in "November" almost all of the childish aspects of the series are stripped away. Even the Moomims themselves do not appear. Like Godot, they are the promised meaningful conclusion that, painfully, never comes.

The collection of (mostly) minor supporting characters discuss life and its meaning or lack of meaning e.g. :
""There's one thing that's funny" said the Hemulen."Sometimes I feel that everything we say and do and everything that happens has happend once before,eh?"...."Will you always be the same?"Fillyjonk asked...Grandpa-Grumble looked from one to the other, he was very tired of...their talk about things which didn't make anything seem more real."It's cold here," he said.." (p139)

Tove Jansson was a genius writer and this atmospheric, beautiful book is as good as anything she wrote.

Rather unfairly, she is also a genius atrist. The sketches, line drawings and larger picures that fill this work are a delight.My own favourite is the drawing of the waterfront houses , deserted and cold.(p.13)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proust and Beckett should have read this 10 July 2008
Probably the most adult and psychological of the Moomin novels - a group of diverse creatures is drawn to Moominvalley to wait .. and wait ..

The obsessive-compulsive Fillijonk, the hermetic Snufkin, Grandpa-Grumble and other superbly imagined characters meet in a typically surreal environment. Did the Nummulite, a being that evolved from a Protozoan into a fierce Creature ever exist outside the imagination of Toft? And just how DOES one listen to the darkness? Themes of loneliness, longing and loss play heavily on the mind.

A strange, unsettling and quite wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Moomins 28 May 2012
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I read Comet in Moominland about 10 times when I was a child. It was fascinating, fabulous and comforting. As an adult I recently read Tales from Moominvalley and was surprised how poignant and touching these tales were. Moominvalley in November is a book for children but has a lot in it that adults will identify with and could learn from. Our irrational fears, desperate need to interfere and change things, longing for company and yet needing our own personal space are all simply and yet deeply highlighted. When I finished the book the character of Toft made me go back right to the beginning and start to read again. Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Moomin Book
This is the darkest and best of the Moomin series .Far more adult in theme and tone.Her writing as always is beautiful and her insight into human nature is outstanding.
Published 4 months ago by craig tomkinson craig tomkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth very penny
This is such lovely and slightly depressing book, I love it, Yes the old moomin books are not the toddler friendly characters people know today.
Published 6 months ago by cat
5.0 out of 5 stars In his autumn, before the winter, comes man's last mad surge of youth
And reading Moominvalley in November to my daughter felt like that mad surge. I don't know what she made of it: I scarcely dare to ask. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Heald
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best childrens stories
If you like something different and querky for your bedtime read with the kids Moomins are an excellent choice. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moomin magic
This is a wonderful story that delights me as much now as it did when I first read it some years ago. Much more than a simple tale for children.
Published 15 months ago by Melinda Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort reading
Tove Jansson's Moomin family have all the usual ups and downs of any family life, but what really shines through is their loyalty and total trust in each other and their friends. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jane C
5.0 out of 5 stars Book arrived quickly and as described.
Definitely good value and recommended to everyone. It arrived quickly after only 2 days and can't wait to read it! Love all of Tove's books.
Published 19 months ago by Kiara
5.0 out of 5 stars more moonins madness
got this for my small daughter, she loves it, what more can i say, she is a master of his art, my daughter wants all of them
Published 19 months ago by michaelgcasey
3.0 out of 5 stars Stilted
I read this as a child in the early 70s (along with a hundred more Puffin books). I really wanted to enjoy it again with my sons but must say that I found the language stilted and... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2012 by David Macintosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally finished it
I think the other reviews here have got this dead on so there is little to add. It was the only Moomin book I didn't quite 'get' as a kid ('At Sea' was a little downbeat and quiet... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by D. Herbert
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