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Moominpappa's Memoirs Paperback – 30 Sep 1994

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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Sunburst Books (30 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374453071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374453077
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,767,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

“The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring.” –"Wall Street Journal"
“Stuck at home suffering from a terrible cold, Moominpappa puts his time to good use by setting down his adventures from the time he ran away from the strict and repressive Hemulen orphanage until he met and married the inestimable Moominmamma. . . . A felicitous introduction for newcomers to the Moomin tales.”—"The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books"
“Completely winning.”—"Kirkus Reviews"
“A lost treasure now rediscovered. . . . A surrealist masterpiece.”—Neil Gaiman
“Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults: intensely Nordic, and completely universal.”—Philip Pullman
“Tove Jansson is undoubtedly one of the greatest children&

"There is, in short, everything in the Moon books: giant comets and secret caves and tree houses and stilts and magic-carpet clouds and amusement parks run by despotic practical-joking kings and time machines and ski instructors." -"Harper's
""We need Moominland for its gentle pace, its sense of beauty and awe, and its spirit of friendliness and empathy--now more than ever." -"The Horn Book
""These charming fantasies are propelled by a childlike curiosity and filled with quiet wisdom, appealing geniality, and a satisfying sense of self-discovery." -School Library Journal.com
"If you had no shame reading "Harry Potter" on the subway, there's no need to hide Tove Jansson's witty, whimsically illustrated Finnish series." -Daily Candy
"The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring." -"Wall Street Journal" "It's more than forty years since Jansson's Moomintrolls first appeared. I found the writing and invention as appealing as ever. She has a thistledown touch."--"The Washington Post Book World"
"The adventures of the easygoing Moomintrolls have all the crispness and tart surprise of a lingonberry, thanks to Jansson's ineffably light touch, her uncanny sensitivity to universal childhood emotions, and her gift for terse, naturalistic dialogue."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"A gentle, offbeat fantasy."--"The Horn Book"
"A lost treasure now rediscovered . . . A surrealist masterpiece."--Neil Gaiman
"Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults: intensely Nordic, and completely universal."--Philip Pullman
"Tove Jansson is undoubtedly one of the greatest children's writers there has ever been. She has the extraordinary gift of writing books that are very clearly for children, but can also be enjoyed when the child, like me, is over sixty and can still find new pleasures with the insights that come from adulthood."--Sir Terry Pratchett
"Clever, gentle, witty, and completely engrossing."--Jeff Smith, author of "Bone"
"It's not just Tove Jansson's wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design."--Lauren Child
"[Tove Jansson] is a master."--"The Times Literary Supplement" (London)
"The most original works for children to be published since the Pooh books, and possibly, since Alice."--"Saturday Review"
"You will declare yourself a citizen of Moominvalley and call the stories your own--the Moomin world is that compelling."--"Riverbank Review"

There is, in short, everything in the Moon books: giant comets and secret caves and tree houses and stilts and magic-carpet clouds and amusement parks run by despotic practical-joking kings and time machines and ski instructors. "Harper's"

We need Moominland for its gentle pace, its sense of beauty and awe, and its spirit of friendliness and empathy now more than ever. "The Horn Book"

These charming fantasies are propelled by a childlike curiosity and filled with quiet wisdom, appealing geniality, and a satisfying sense of self-discovery. "School Library Journal.com"

If you had no shame reading "Harry Potter" on the subway, there's no need to hide Tove Jansson's witty, whimsically illustrated Finnish series. "Daily Candy"

The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring. "Wall Street Journal"

It's more than forty years since Jansson's Moomintrolls first appeared. I found the writing and invention as appealing as ever. She has a thistledown touch. "The Washington Post Book World"

The adventures of the easygoing Moomintrolls have all the crispness and tart surprise of a lingonberry, thanks to Jansson's ineffably light touch, her uncanny sensitivity to universal childhood emotions, and her gift for terse, naturalistic dialogue. "Entertainment Weekly"

A gentle, offbeat fantasy. "The Horn Book"

A lost treasure now rediscovered . . . A surrealist masterpiece. "Neil Gaiman"

Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults: intensely Nordic, and completely universal. "Philip Pullman"

Tove Jansson is undoubtedly one of the greatest children's writers there has ever been. She has the extraordinary gift of writing books that are very clearly for children, but can also be enjoyed when the child, like me, is over sixty and can still find new pleasures with the insights that come from adulthood. "Sir Terry Pratchett"

Clever, gentle, witty, and completely engrossing. "Jeff Smith, author of Bone"

It's not just Tove Jansson's wonderfully strange fairytale world that so appeals but also her beautiful line work and exquisite sense of design. "Lauren Child"

[Tove Jansson] is a master. "The Times Literary Supplement (London)"

The most original works for children to be published since the Pooh books, and possibly, since Alice. "Saturday Review"

You will declare yourself a citizen of Moominvalley and call the stories your own--the Moomin world is that compelling. "Riverbank Review"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tove Jansson (1914 2001) was born in Helsinki and spent much of her life in Finland. She is the author of the Moomin books, including "Comet in Moominland" and "Finn Family Moomintroll." Born into an artistic family her father was a sculptor and her mother was a graphic designer and illustrator Jansson studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In addition to her Moomin books, she also wrote several novels, drew comic strips and worked as a painter and illustrator. In 1966, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her body of work. Jansson had a studio in Helsinki but spent most of her time at her home on a small island called Klovharu." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is very similar to "The Exploits of Moominpappa" (ISBN 0140303235). Both "The Exploits of Moominpappa" and "Moominpappa's Memoirs" are translated by Thomas Warburton, but from slightly different manuscripts.
It is as if Tove Jansson altered the book slightly for a reprint. Though each passage is very similar, with most sentences being identical, sometimes there are additions or subtractions. So it is not just a different translation: the original Swedish manuscript was changed.
Some people seem to prefer "The Exploits of Moominpappa" over "Moominpappa's Memoirs". "Moominpappa's Memoirs" was actually published in Swedish in 1968, long after "The Exploits of Moominpappa" (1952), so it seems that "Moominpappa's Memoirs" was the final version by Tove Jansson.
I say, buy them both. "Moominpappa's Memoirs" has a very short "Prologue" which "The Exploits of Moominpappa" (ISBN 0140303235) does not have.
But "The Exploits of Moominpappa" (ISBN 0140303235) has a "Gallery" at the end with a sentence about each character, with an illustration each.
For these very small differences, and the differences between the whole books, complete your collection and see for yourself. Since both books are quite cheap and quite short, I feel I might as well.
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The same book, only not as good. The translation is much less sensitively done, and the plot has been dumbed down and arbitrarily adjusted in an attempt (which fails) to make it accessible to less able readers (at least I presume that's what they had in mind).
Since 'The Exploits of Moominpappa' is in print, and is the authentic version of this book, buy that instead. This book is a much less satisfying read. When I received my copy (a) I felt cheated, and (b) I immediately took steps to secure the original instead.
People who mangle books like this should be fed to the Groke.
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After Moominsummer madness, Tove Jannson slipped into a more subtle and even philosophical vein (that is, more philosophical then the first three books), however, Memoirs (formerly Exploits of Moominpapa) returns to the more slapstick antics of her early book. Although I am a fan of all of these books, Memoirs was a welcome return to that earlier style, though it in itself is a unique entry in the series. In Memoirs, Moominpapa is both a wonderfully adorable character as well as a characture or himself, filled with pride, egotism, and prejudice--making him all the more human. The story itself is almost a parody of the big rolling adventure tales, full of various fantastic happenings, and culminating in Moominpapa's dilemma: to following his adventuring instinct, or another instinct that drives him to build moominhouses with moomin verandahs, etc etc... The end is as happy as finn family moomintroll, maybe even happier--completely over the top. Although this shouldn't be the first moominbook to read (since knowledge of the characters is pretty central to the humor here) it is nonetheless one of the most uplifting books in the series and I can't recommend it more!!!
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-not that Moomins have zips, the teeth would get caught in their fur... This IS the same story as Exploits of Moominpappa, but told from a different viewpoint. It's as if Exploits was the earlier book, told by a young middle-aged moomin shortly after Moomintroll came onto the scene, and Memoirs was recounted by the same guy looking down the barrel of old age. I see no dumbing down, and no rewriting for a child audience; in fact, this book includes the word "pee"...
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