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Tove Jansson Life, Art, Words: The Authorised Biography Hardcover – 2 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sort of Books (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908745452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908745453
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Jansson was] a unique and authentic voice that speaks to the reader across time and culture, heart to heart (Boyd Tonkin)

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The definitive, authorised biography of the creator of The Moomins

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Richardson on 7 Sept. 2014
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Some interesting parts but lots of repetition, a bit tedious and far too long!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Specialised on 15 April 2014
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This is a large, well produced book telling the life story of Tove Jansson and will appeal to not only those who know her through the Moomins series of books but also newcomers and admirers of her adult stories and work as an artist. There a dozens of photos interspersed within the 500+ pages of text together with three sections of colour plates and nice end papers. "Luscious" would be a term that comes to mind to describe the production. To my mind the best book on Tove yet produced. Thoroughly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Bently VINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2014
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Sadly this huge book is let down by the poor quality of translation. Tove's story fails to float off the page despite all the work the biographer has put in. Sculptor's Daughter remains the most readable guide to her life. On the up side - it looks beautiful. I loved the colour plates of Jansson's early paintings and the maps and cartoons she made during her visits as an art student to Paris.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Rackstraw on 14 Nov. 2014
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A completely compelling account of an extraordinary life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FlyinnFinn on 30 Mar. 2014
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This book once and for all proves that Tove Jansson was not just the Moomin mamma - no, her life was full of happiness, trauma, romance and hard work that made her into the legend she was, and whose writing still lives on. Richly illustrated, beautifully translated and non-apologetic - a few secrets have been left to be shared, with the author's access to private correspondence and files. Even the more scandalous events of her life are covered with suitably academic distance.

Some passages are rather technical, however, with the author, a professor of literature, dwelling into the psychology of each of Jansson's books,but those are also quite revealing indeed, and should not scare anyone from picking this thick tome. A great gift for any mature Moomin fan, and for anyone who is curious to learn more about this mysterious figure.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Oct. 2014
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Quick and simple delivery, Thank you!

I cant wait to read more about this intruiging author. My favorite, apart from the obvious - Moomintroll, is the Summer Book. A simple, yet powerful book of a girl and her Grandma on a tiny island. Well worth a read. I hope this will be too!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By twee on 19 Mar. 2014
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A fascinating addition to her various adult short stories as well as shedding light on many of the aspects of the moomins.
Somewhat stilted in style compared with the best biographies written by native English speakers {romantics?}, but to be recommended.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bell Tower on 16 May 2014
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The translation is patchy, sketchy at times. It's clear the biographer admires and wishes to champion Tove but lucidity is lost in translation.
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