Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8) by Tove Jansson

Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8)

When the Moomin family members need a change of scenery, they decide to take up residence in a lighthouse. As they discover their new home, the family also discover surprising, and wonderfully funny, new things about themselves.


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TitleMoominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8)
ISBN9780374453060
Author
Release DateOct 1st, 1993
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages240 pages
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Fiction, European Literature, Finnish Literature
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Reviews Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8)

  • Kim
    2010-10-29
    The Moomin series has always been remarkable not only for its charm and whimsy, but also for its sense of melancholy, unusual in children's literature. Moominpappa at Sea is a particularly introspective installment; here you will find no heroic battles or overwhelming drama, just one family's 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 a...
  • Julian Meynell
    2012-08-28
    In my opinion, Tove Jannson is the best children's author who ever lived and one of the ten greatest authors of the twentieth century. I have only read her Moomintroll work and not the work for adults, but I have read almost all of the Moomintroll books, picture books and comic strips. In this review I will focus on Moominpappa at Sea, but I will also try to give a sense of why I think that she deserves to be placed with the likes of Orwell, Naba...
  • Nate D
    2015-01-08
    A peculiar only-sort-of-for-children late Moomin novel where the family attempts of combat leisure-ennui by moving to a ragged lighthouse island far out in the ocean. Concerns itself to a large degree with the need for strife, or at least a challenge, to give daily purpose -- without which lies only depression and torpor. Yikes. Still some strange moments of magic and wonder, of course, but tempered by cynicism and a warm-but-realistic sense of t...
  • Laura
    2016-10-15
    Niin ihana tunnelma ♥
  • Linnea
    2016-12-30
    Muumipappa ja meri ei ole helppo muumikirja, mutta se on hieno sellainen. Luulen, että tarina aukeaisi paremmin luettuna kuin pätkissä kuunneltuna. Majakkasaarella on aikaa miettiä itse kullakin yksinäisyyttä, parisuhdetta, milloin mitäkin. Ahti Jokinen lukee pääosin todella hyvin, vain hänen Pikku Myynsä hihitys ärsytti välillä suunnattomasti. Muumi-ääninä hän on mitä mainioin.
  • Laura
    2012-01-02
    Kaunis, rauhallinen, syvällinen ja ehkä melkein enemmän aikuisille kuin lapsille kirjoitettu muumikirja. Sydän.
  • Stephen Curran
    2015-09-21
    When Moomintroll reports that he has extinguished a small fire in the moss, his father becomes unexpectedly cross and obsessive: "Don't imagine that a spot like this isn't dangerous. Far from it. It can go on burning under the moss, you see. In the ground. Hours and perhaps even days may go by, and then suddenly, whoof! The fire breaks out somewhere quite different." He is, of course, actually speaking about his own lingering dissatisfactions.Thi...
  • Crippled_ships
    2015-10-28
    This book has everything a children's book should have: Pipe smoking, whisky, and existential crisis. This book taught me a lot about life when I was younger, and I still find it as comforting and mysterious as ever.Tove Jansson, you are the best, I give you a kiss on the nose!
  • Niina
    2014-10-29
    This was my third Moomin-book, one I was left in awe after reading. Moominpappa at Sea was deliberately darker than other books on the series I've read this far, something I was not expecting. The story began dark, and it only got darker and more suffocating the longer it continued, a feeling of inevitable doom lingered around the lonely island and the huge lighthouse the Moomin family moved into. The story circled around Moominpappa, who felt un...
  • Ellen
    2015-09-26
    This Moomin book surprised me! This year I am aiming to read all the Moomin books I haven’t read yet, and this was first up on my list. I expected it to be lighthearted, like Moominsummer Madness, but it definitely had a deeper, darker tone, which reflected on themes of isolation – both physical and emotional. Tove really likes writing about lonely islands! It was interesting reading about how the different characters’ neuroses affect them ...
  • Loreley
    2016-11-22
    არანორმალურად სევდიანი წიგნია, ყოველ შემთხვევაში ზრდასრულის გადმოსახედიდან. ბავშვობაში რომ წამეკითხა შეიძლება უფრო მსუბუქდ აღმექვა. და კიდევ მგონი ნაითვიშის Islander-ის ი...
  • Aino
    2016-10-31
    Taattua laatua. Niin paljon täynnä pieniä kultahippuja, että sai nauramaan ja todella pohtimaan.
  • Karl Orbell
    2013-08-17
    The end is nigh! I've been on this Moomin saga a long time now, some years, occupying my small book, fourth slot on my rota. This is the penultimate book in the series. I'm not really sure they were at all what I was expecting when I started and often find myself not overly impressed about one thing or another. But they do usually turn out to be an acceptable read in the end. This one is no different.Not for the first time in the series, this boo...
  • Eva Ptašková
    2012-12-15
    I am never going to get tired of Moominpappa at Sea. I knew it when I was 10, I knew it when I was 18 and I'm still as sure now, at 24, after eagerly devouring the book in almost one go, yet again. I've read all Moomin books multiple times but Moominpappa at Sea remains my personal favourite and I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was to finally get my own copy which I was desperately trying to get hold of for years. And then the whole ser...
  • Katri
    2009-07-12
    I enjoyed taking my time with this book. It has a wonderful, strong atmosphere that I loved just sinking into one or two chapters at a time. The element of sea and living by the seaside is very strong here. I've never lived by the sea, but I still felt I could hear the winds, see the rocks and smell the sea air as I read this. I also love the subtle descriptions of the Moomintroll growing up, and the way the Groke becomes a much deeper character ...
  • Kristīne
    2015-08-14
    Piezīme nākamībai - KAD pašai būs bēbji, jādodas izbraukumā pie jūras, un šis jālasa kopā.
  • Sepp
    2013-01-13
    As a kid, it felt a lighthearted adventure story. Boy, how gloomy it can be occasionally, when you are... not finding a better word... an adult.
  • Hofi Jonsdottir
    2014-12-07
    "Mumifar slog en streg over alle sine spekulationer, han levede bare helt og fuldt, lige fra halespidsen og til ørerne"
  • Vít Kotačka
    2014-08-11
    Muminky miluju už od dětství. Tehdy, bohužel, vyšly pouze dvě knížky - Čarodějův klobouk a Tatínek píše paměti. Teď, s vlastními dětmi, už si můžu užít i všechny ostatní příběhy. A jsem rád, že děti milují muminky taky.Tatínek a moře není jednoduché čtení - je to předposlední kniha, která vyšla dvacet let po té první. A ten posun je znát. Celá kniha je velmi melancholická, dýchne na vás vše, co ...
  • Andrew Marshall
    2016-10-01
    A recent trip to Finland (and Sweden) re-introduced me to the Moomins which I'd read as a child. My memories were of a lovable family of strange creatures. The stories were complex and I always had a sense that I was missing something - although I always enjoyed Tove Jansson's wonderful illustrations. Talking to my Scandinavian friends, I discovered that Jansson was writing as much for adults as children and decided to re-read her. Momminpappa at...
  • Eveliina
    2012-07-15
    Muumipappa ja meri oli ensimmäinen muumikirja, johon olen koskenut ja ehkä se siksi on mielestäni kaikkein vaikuttavin. Kirjassa muumipappa on kriisissä ja hän päättää muuttaa perheineen pieneen saareen, majakkaan. Saari on karu ja kylmä. Onnettumuudestaan huolimatta saarella tapahtuu erilaisia astioita, ihmeellisiä asioita. Mielestäni saaren karu olemus on koko kirjan juju. Se on omalla tavallaan kiehtovan kaunis jo sellaisenaan, mut...
  • Jonatan Iversen-Ejve
    2014-11-11
    Jag tyckte inte om den här boken när jag var yngre. Den var enligt mig, likt Sent i November, en seg och tråkig "vuxenbok" som helt saknade det liv och den mystik som fanns i de andra Muminböckerna. Jag vet inte om jag ens läste klart den när det begav sig, för nu när jag återvänder många år senare hittar jag så mycket mer än jag tidigare hade trott. Kanske är det just för att jag har blivit en tråkig vuxen. Boken är fylld av my...
  • Pia
    2015-11-07
    Marraskuussa luettu teos, joten meni nopsaan tämän lukeminenkin. En ehkä keskittynyt niin tarkasti kuin viime kerralla, kun lukukerrasta on lyhyt aika. Mutta viime marraskuun arvio pitää paikkaansa:Tässä on huomattavasti synkempi Muumit-tarina. Tarinan kieli on jo erilainen (ei ole puhe Muumipapasta ja -mammasta vaan isästä ja äidistä), Muumipappa on lähes masentuneen oloinen tai vähintään alakuloinen. Se, että Mörkö on isossa o...
  • Jeremy Burrows
    2017-02-05
    I listened to the audiobook.
  • Tina
    2016-07-22
    Det känns taskigt att "bara" ge en trea till den här boken även om den har allt som jag gillat i de andra mumin-böckerna (språket, flera nivåer i berättelsen, magisk realism, illustrationerna och skrivet med en glimt i ögat). Det är bara det att jag tycker att Muminpappan är den tråkigaste karaktären i hela mumin-serien. Han är så skitviktig (och boken driver hejvilt med det).
  • Count Duckula
    2007-10-18
    i once had a fight over this book - some asshole laughed cos i called it chekovian ... its beautiful and if it doesnt make you cry YOU HAVE NO SOUL! I have lived my life never learning the lesson of the sea horses. Actually, I am beginning to learn it now ... but then again I am very old.
  • Charlie Forsgren
    2016-11-30
    Childrens book with very adult themes. It's about the father who wants to feel needed and competent in a confusing world where the mother through graceful effort keeps the family intact. It feels like a Japanese anime with warm characters radiating a cold place.
  • Alex
    2008-12-09
    Haunting. I read this in Swedish and the translator did a fantastic job. If you read the Moomin series from the first to the last, you sense the books growing from just being childrens books to journeys into the soul, rather like The Little Prince. I get very melancholy when I read these books.
  • Anastasia aka Taurendil
    2017-01-30
    Mielenkiintoinen ja mieleenpainuva lukukokemus.
  • Mind the Book
    2015-07-23
    "En obestämd eftermiddag i slutet av augusti gick en pappa omkring i sin trädgård och kände sig onödig."