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Tove Jansson's Moomin characters and books are admired the world over. In the United States the series beginning with Finn Family Moomintroll (first published in English in 1945) has accumulated generations of fans. Since Farrar, Straus and Giroux began reissuing the books in 1989, grateful readers old and new have been thrilled to have the stories available again. At lastTove Jansson's Moomin characters and books are admired the world over. In the United States the series beginning with Finn Family Moomintroll (first published in English in 1945) has accumulated generations of fans. Since Farrar, Straus and Giroux began reissuing the books in 1989, grateful readers old and new have been thrilled to have the stories available again. At last the final installment is being published – oddly, the only book that features none of the Moomin family themselves, though it does take place at their house. There familiar characters converge – Snufkin, the Hemulen, Fillyjonk, and others – seeking out the Moomins' welcoming company, only to find them absent. All remain at the house, all have very different personalities that clash often, but something about their homey cohabitation during the icy winter changes each visitor in a gratifying way. As The Times Literary Supplement put it, Moominvalley in November is "possibly the cleverest of the Moomin books."...

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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Moominvalley in November Reviews

  • Melki
    2018-10-22 10:30

    What a weird little book!This was my first visit to Moominvalley and apparently, I picked the wrong month . . . just like all of the characters in this book. They show up unannounced on the Moomin's doorstep, expecting solace and cheer, and instead they find emptiness and despair in a bleak, lonely house. The fact that the owners are gone doesn't stop the uninvited guests from making themselves at home, raiding the pantry and tracking mud into the house. And yet, life seems meaningless. They wander aimlessly through rooms while the relentless rain pounds outside. There is much hand-wringing and sighing.This is the cover of my copy.Just look at them! Six miserable characters in search of a purpose.In Greg's excellent review, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..., he compares the book to a Bergman film, and he's right - this is terribly sad. There are no s'mores or campfire songs. No one suggests a game of Monopoly, and Cards Against Humanity hadn't been invented yet. In fact, if there was a love affair between elderly Grandpa-Grumble and the young, hot Mymble, this could be one of Woody Allen's later, unfunny films. But all is not lost. The illustrations lovely and affecting.And yet . . .I realize that the Moomin books have been beloved by children and their parents for decades, but I'm having trouble picturing freshly bathed and pajama-clad tots sitting enthralled while Granny reads this passage:In the long, vague dawn as the November night changed to morning, the fog moved in from the sea. It rolled up the hillsides and slid down into the valleys on the other side and filled every corner of them. The fog had brought complete silence with it and the valley was quite motionless. Then she gave them castor oil, whipped them all soundly and sent them to bed.Perhaps I'll visit Moominvalley again sometime. Maybe in May or July.And I'll call first to make sure they're going to be home.

  • Zack
    2018-10-28 12:36

    Possibly the most melancholy children's book ever written. While the Moomin stories all have a slightly unnerving, mysterious quality, but this one is outright existential.The idea is simple: What if there was a children's book where the main characters never showed up? Various supporting players from the other Moomin books converge on the Moomins' house, but they're just not there. Normally, this would lead to a quest story to find the family, but in his case, the Moomins are just away on a trip, and the other characters must learn to solve their problems without them.The tone of this is not unlike WAITING FOR GODOT or ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDERSTREN ARE DEAD -- it's about the people who aren't part of the mian story, about an adventure that's not quite there. It's sort of a last hurrah for the Moomins, and it's a sweet story that fits its wintery mood. Life goes on in Moominvalley -- and life must go on for its fans as well.

  • Greg
    2018-10-20 09:48

    If you like your children books to be depressing and bleak you couldn't do much better than Moominvalley in November. Edward Tulane, might have had it's moments of despair, and had an overarching sadness to it, but next to this novel it's pretty fucking upbeat. If Ingmar Bergman ever directed a children's movie it would probably be like this. Six depressed and solitary people separately decide to visit this one family that has always made them feel like life is worth living. Instead of finding the family, they find an empty home and each other, none of whom really like any of the others. Then the six people wallow around the house and dwell on the futileness of their existence. I can almost picture Liv Ullman playing Fillyjonk and Bibi Andersson as Mymble. I am making this sound a little more bleak than it probably really is, but something about 2/3's of the way into this book inspired me to a not so good feeling depression. It takes something special in a depressing book to have that kind of impact on me.

  • Katie
    2018-10-25 09:54

    A tender ode to the aura of autumn – drenched in reflective anticipations of the approaching hibernation and speckled with mysterious promises for new beginnings. Clever and wise.

  • Amina
    2018-10-16 09:48

    Last book of 2016 and last book on my other reading challenge (a book with the name of a month in the title)Moominvalley in November has a unique touch of sweet meloncholy, when you read it, you feel like missing a place you've never been.The moomin family isn't home, they went sailing. when few of their friends decided to pay them a visit, the valley and the house were empty, and all they were left with were their summer memories. As time (autumn) passes, they grew -somehow- attached to each other.I can't quite describe my feeling, but this story brought back time when I personnally enjoyed autumn and its transition, the grey skies, the rain, the winds and colder evenings.I couldn't hope for better to end up an amazing year on goodreads.

  • Elina
    2018-11-04 07:48

    Pidin siitä, että tarina oli yhtenäinen eikä montaa pientä tarinaa. Syvällistä tekstiä, jota lukiessa ajattelee, että tämä pitää lukea uudestaan ajatuksen ja ajan kanssa.

  • Rebecca Foster
    2018-10-29 07:26

    Here’s an offbeat selection for November. Strangely dark for a children’s book, it’s the last in the Moomins series. Tove Jansson said that after the Second World War she was depressed and wanted to write about something naïve and innocent. She wrote the first book of the Moomins series in 1945, about a family of hippo-like white trolls. The Moomins are well known and loved by many European children, but I suspect this book is more obscure and less lighthearted than the rest. Perhaps Jansson expects her child readers to have grown up with her enough to appreciate a more melancholy story.The Moomins do not in fact appear in this book at all. It is November, the days are closing in, and no one knows where the Moomins have gone and when they might come back. A series of visitors journey to Moominvalley and find the house empty, cold and strange; these interlopers try to make their own merriment with a picnic and a party, but it all falls flat. It seems the cozy, jolly world of the Moomins is gone. Our cast of six main creatures (they all have paws) are: Fillyjonk, made neurotic by a disastrous housecleaning experience; Grandpa-Grumble, a forgetful and irascible old gent; Mymble, a somewhat vain and silly creature; Toft, a waif longing for a (Moomin)mamma; Snufkin, who is trying to remember a five-note snatch of music he came up with last time he was in Moominvalley; and Hemulen, who has little confidence in himself but thinks he has to arrange things for everyone else.Perhaps the most fun aspect of the book is Jansson’s original black and white line drawings of her peculiarly loveable creations. The book also felt unique to me for its Scandinavian qualities: the strange sprite-like creatures, woodland settings and short winter days, and the slight air of depression. (view spoiler)[One by one the creatures depart until only Toft is left. I worried the book would end with rather nihilistic pessimism – Toft staring out at a bleak sea – but in fact there is a glimmer of hope: Toft spies the Moomins’ boat approaching and runs to meet them. (hide spoiler)]As with the best children’s fiction, there is much here to entertain adults. Some of the more sad and wistful passages seem particularly meant for older readers, though there is no reason why children cannot identify with them as well. Here is my favorite:The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It’s a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you’ve got in as many supplies as you can. It’s nice to gather together everything you possess as close to you as possible, to store up your warmth and your thoughts and burrow yourself into a deep hole inside, a core of safety where you can defend what is important and precious and your very own. Then the cold and the storms and the darkness can do their worst. They can grope their way up the walls looking for a way in, but they won’t find one, everything is shut, and you sit inside, laughing in your warmth and your solitude, for you have had foresight.

  • Laura
    2018-11-06 12:35

    Tämä viimeinen Muumi oli niin kaunis ja kaihoisa, etten meinannut malttaa laskea sitä käsistäni. Eihän tässä, kuten oikeastaan Muumipapassa ja meressäkään varsinaisesti mitään tapahtunut, mutta Toven ilmiömäinen taito luoda hahmoja ja tunnelmia vei jälleen kerran mennessään. Tästä Marraskuusta tuli melkein yllättäenkin koko sarjan lempikirja, onneksi olen aloittanut nämä töissä satuhetkellä alusta, niin ei tarvitse muumeista muutamaan kuukauteen vielä kokonaan luopua.

  • Candace
    2018-10-27 08:55

    This book so completely captures loss. Like everything Jansson writes, she reduces the plainest and most vital aspects of life to their component parts. Eloquent, mundane, and profound. It was delightful and it also broke my heart. "How can there be so many sounds in an empty house, Fillyjonk thought. Then she remembered that the house was full of people. But somehow she still thought it was empty."

  • Stephen Curran
    2018-10-30 10:29

    "The Hemulen woke up slowly and recognised himself and wished he had been someone he didn't know."Nobody writes about sadness with as much clarity as Tove Jansson. This is the ninth Moomins book. Over the series, the tone has grown incrementally more melancholic. So it seems fitting that, for this final volume, the Moomin family do not appear. It ends with an absence.This is not an adventure like Comet in Moominland or Moominsummer Madness. It's the story of a disperate group of characters finding themselves in need of comfort and support and making their separate ways to Moominvalley. But readers of the previous story know something that Fillyjonk, Hemulen and Toft do not. The Moomins have packed up and gone.I don't yet know a great deal about the author (her biography is on my 'To Read' list) but I get the feeling that each of the characters in this book represents aspects of her own personality (annoyingly, I can't remember the name of this technique; if anyone is able enlighten me, I'd be grateful). It's a terribly unhappy book. Even the illustrations have become very small. But it's beautifully crafted, and magical, and moving too. The final scene, with Toft on the sea cliffs, is a hopeful one, and brought a lump to my throat. It's amazing to me that Tove Jansson was able to take this crew of comical characters with names like Snufkin and Grandpa-Grumble, and create something universal and profound. I am going to miss this series very much. They are, to my mind, masterpieces of twentieth century literature.

  • Pixelina
    2018-10-26 14:45

    Det är som när man kommer hem till sin mamma men hon är ute. Huset är detsamma, bara lite mörkare och tystare. Och även om man tänder alla lampor och slår på radion är det liksom ändå inte samma sak. Det är lite ödsligt and liksom lite kallare. Man sätter sig ner på en stol vid köksbordet och försöker säga 'Jaha ja, pffft, dom kommer nog snart'Man dinglar med benen och försöker lösa lite i ett korsord men det går inte så bra. Man reser sig upp och gör en kopp kaffe, men den smakar liksom lite platt. Det är bäst att gå hem till sig igen och vänta lite.Fast mumins vänner stannar så länge dom behöver. Dom fyller huset med matos och visslingar, hammarslag i trädet, metar vid bryggan. Till slut kan dom gå hem igen, en efter en. Trots att huset är fullt av avsaknaden av muminfamiljen så tar alla med sig det dom behöver. En insikt i att det är ok att inte segla bara för att man har en båt. Eller att låta bli att bygga för ibland är ett träd bättre som det är - utan en koja. Eller att lära sig att släppa ut det där stora arg-rädda djuret inom sig.Av dom böckerna jag läste nu i höst är det just Sent i November som stannar kvar hos mig.

  • Bistra Ivanova
    2018-11-06 12:54

    О, толкова прекрасна книжка за времето, когато есента си отива на пръсти и внезапно ти се приисква да се увиеш в пашкул! Муминското семейство отсъства, но в къщата им внезапно се появяват гости, които нямат друг избор освен да се опитат да си прекарат добре (заедно). Най-мила ми бе Филифьонката и още дълго ще помня главата с чистенето, трета поред :-) Туве е толкова нежна и светла душа, прекрасен писател, обичам я от сърце! (Да пишеш за деца е същото като да пишеш за възрастни, беше казал някой умник, само трябва да пишеш още по-хубаво.)Един цитат ми легна прекрасно: "Колко е хубаво да си мюмла! Чувствам се добре от главата до петите." И аз така :-)) ПП: Ако случайно сте пропуснали - http://www.capital.bg/light/neshta/ra... (прегръдки за Нева :-))

  • Helen McClory
    2018-10-19 08:47

    This is a wonderfully subtly book about the decay of Autumn and the change towards winter, about loneliness, fear, music, awkwardness, dementia, an old house, the wind at night, the darkness late in the year, the idea of the family, a sense of loss and waiting. A children's book written with the firm belief that children can accept all of these things.

  • Miss Bookiverse
    2018-10-27 06:37

    Was für eine riesige Mogelpackung! Wie kann das bitte ein Band der Mumins-Reihe sein, wenn die Mumins kein einziges Mal in der ganzen Geschichte vorkommen? Stattdessen sammeln sich zahlreiche Figuren wie der Hemul, die Filifjonka und der kleine Homsa im verlassenen Haus der Mumins und leben mehr schlecht als recht miteinander. Zwischen den Zeilen steckt hier ziemlich viel Herbstmelancholie, manchmal hatte ich sogar das Gefühl es wird das Bild einer Winterdepression gezeichnet, aber ehrlich gesagt war ich zu frustriert mit dem der Abwesenheit meiner Lieblingstrollwesen, um dem viel Aufmerksamkeit zu schenken. Absoluter Reinfall!

  • Felicia
    2018-10-29 12:40

    Tove Jansson är fantastisk. Tyckte inte riktigt om den här lika mycket som Trollvinter men den var ändå SÅ BRA. 4.5 stjärnor. Jag älskar Mumin.

  • Petra
    2018-10-24 13:31

    Moominvalley in November is the last book in The Moomins series and definitely one of my favourite books written by Tove Jansson. It is terribly underrated but I think it is easily the best in the Moomin series. It is a lot darker, harsh and mature as the nature is in November. I do think that it doesn't work well as a book for both adults and children as the other Moomin books do but I thoroughly enjoy the novel every time I reread it and would recommend to pick this up even if you have never read anything by Tove Jansson. It follows a number of characters who all gather in the empty Moominvalley after the family has mysteriously left and abandoned the house. All of these characters have their own fears and thoughts that are intensified in the cold and lonely house. I do think that the absence of the center family, Moomins, creates a brilliant atmosphere and I love how lonely the whole book is. Like every Moomin book, it deals with heavy topics as fears, loneliness and death.

  • Ruth Bonetti
    2018-10-25 07:51

    I love Tove Jansson's Moomin books and discovered at an exhibition of her work in Helsinki that she is an even better painter. This quote clicked with me to reshape the structure of my coming book 'Burn My Letters' (see http://bit.ly/burnmyletters)'There are those who stay at home and those who go away and it has always been so. Everyone can choose for himself, but he must choose while there is still time and never change his mind.'My only qualm with this book is that its sudden ending with little sense of resolution (where ARE the family? when will they come home?) breaks structural rules, but hey, Tone Jansson has such a strong following that she gets away with it. Beautiful sense of place, of characters well defined. Must read more.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-10-28 07:45

    Bettie's Books

  • Susanna
    2018-10-21 11:28

    ilus lugu igatsusest

  • Berit Lundqvist
    2018-10-28 12:28

    Sweet and melancholic book about creatures from the Moomin Valley trying to find their true selves. Never understood the Moomin magic as a child, and at least this one is really a book for adults, not children. Some deep stuff going on here. Listened to a beautiful reading by Tove Jansson herself. Listen here (in Swedish): https://areena.yle.fi/1-4195039?autop...

  • Oliver
    2018-10-26 12:41

    In the previous book, the patriarch has a midlife crisis and moves the family out to a deserted island to allow himself to feel useful again. It doesn't work out too well, but the family manages to reach some level of peace and understanding of their surroundings by the end. Logically, they should return to their idyllic valley to prepare for winter. But when the six characters of the final book arrive at their house, all dissatisfied and searching for one thing or another, the family is still missing. Tove Jansson, in the saddest and strangest of her children's (?) books, tells her audience that they'll have to go on without her, and work out their problems as best they can. The warm and comforting Moominvalley is gone - Jansson couldn't reach it any more, and the series was becoming a burden. Much of the novel can be read as Jansson looking back at her creation with no small amount of regret - Toft serves as the young, innocent Tove, not realizing what she's going to unleash on the world with her imagination. "You want to be careful not to let things get too big," warns Snufkin, whose own worth gets called into question as he does his best to avoid the group of neurotics who are disturbing his search for a quiet place to write a song. Snufkin is the coolest character in town - in a letter to Jansson a reader requests a drawing to tattoo on his arm "as a symbol of freedom." But what use is he when someone needs help? No one feels comfortable enough to talk to the one who from outward appearances has it all figured out and doesn't want to be bothered. Throughout the book Jansson seems to be asking herself if she's made a mistake, given people the wrong idea, promised too much that she couldn't deliver. And yet by the end, the absence has served to allow our difficult, mildly irritating protagonists to learn a bit more about themselves, their abilities and limitations, and those of the family they once idolized or took for granted. Toft, the creator, stays to wait for the eventual return, but the rest walk away from the series, a little hardened but a little more complete.

  • JaanaMi
    2018-10-16 14:29

    "On niitä jotka jäävät ja toisia jotka lähtevät, niin on ollut aina. Kukin saa valita itse, mutta on valittava ajoissa, eikä koskaan saa antaa periksi.”Kirja, joka pitää lukea uudelleen aina syksyisin. Mietteliäin, melankolisin, ja ehkä muumikirjoista selkeimmin "aikuisille suunnattu" kirja.Muumiperhe on lähtenyt (kukaan ei tiedä minne), ja koleaan, syksyiseen ja tyhjään muumitaloon kokoontuu erikoinen joukko muumiperheen ystäviä.Heistä jokainen käy läpi omanlaisensa identiteettikriisin uudessa tilanteessa, kun muumiperhettä ei olekaan, ja on tultava toimeen omillaan. Kirja tuo syvyyttä ja uusia kulmia moneen hahmoon, kuten Nuuskamuikkuseen, joka tuntee tässä kirjassa olonsa ensimmäistä kertaa yksinäiseksi, ja esittelee myös aivan uusia otuksia. Näistä kiinnostavin on kenties muistamaton Ruttuvaari, joka haluaa sitkeästi päättää omista asioistaan ja kyllästyy sukulaistensa holhoukseen. Suosikkihahmokseni tässä kirjassa taisi nousta kuitenkin homssu Tuhto, joka lukee Muumipapan kätköistä löytämäänsä vaikeaa, luonnontieteellistä kirjaa ja sepittää samalla omaa tarinaansa, tarinaa yksinäisestä nummuliitista. Vaikka kirja on näennäisesti satu, siinä käydään läpi suuria eksistentiaalisia kriisejä ja kysymyksiä, hahmotellaan omaa identiteettiä ja rakennetaan uudelleen käsityksiä sellaisista asioista kuten vaikkapa koti, ystävyys, onnellisuus, vapaus ja elämä.

  • Kimley
    2018-11-07 07:26

    Wish I'd done this on the other Moomin books but some of my favorite quotes from this one:"All you have to do is walk out of the door with your hat on at a jaunty angle!""It's a little sad when you forget other people's names but it's lovely to be able to completely forget your own."

  • Superstine
    2018-11-10 13:42

    Vet ikke hvordan jeg skal forholde meg til det faktum at jeg snart har lest alle mummibøkene. Sette meg ned å gråte, lese alle bøkene på nytt, tatovere en hemul bak øret?

  • Jinnie Stork
    2018-11-07 11:40

    Sent i november tar sex stycken karaktärer sig till mumindalen för att hälsa på den älskade muminfamiljen, då de finner ett tomt hus. Dessa olika figurer stannar av olika anledningar kvar i muminfamiljens tomma hus, och lär sig inte bara leva med varandra, utan lär också känna varandras rädslor och ömma punkter. När man snabbt ska berätta om Tove Janssons karaktärer blir det lätt ganska platt; Den argsinta och viljestarka lilla my, dem självupptagna muminpappan, den virriga filifjonkan osv. I denna bok är det så tydligt att karaktärerna har ett djup i romanerna. Den lilla homsan Toft är en sagoberättare av rang, som lever i sina egna berättelser, och när han dras in i verkligheten blir han fruktansvärt arg. Men han är också intresserad av sin omvärld, där han läsa faktaböcker, och bevakar tyst de andra i hushållet. Mymlan är nyfiken och kärvänlig, men lägger sig också i andras liv där de helst vill vara ensamma, och verkar ha lite problem med att ta hand om det hon har runt omkring sig. Hemulen vill så gärna vara en snickrare, en seglare, en kock; han vill vara händig, men har aldrig givit sig tid att lära sig alla dessa färdigheter, så han kan inte. Han försöker ge sken av att han är den bästa i hushållet på segling, fastän han aldrig suttit i en båt. Han ljuger, men han gör det för att han skulle vilja vara den han ljuger ihop.Käraktärerna är egendomliga, och de alla har en ensamhet, antingen de valt den eller inte. i början inkräktar de på varandras ensamhet och frihet, men ju mer de umgås, desto mer trivs de med varandras tysta sällskap. De undviker att förstöra varandras påhitt, men hjälper varandra att undvika sina hjärnspöken. I början kan det verka som at de mest går runt och stör sig på varandra, men i slutet har de skapat sig en stark vänskap genom respekt för varandras ångest och varandras glädje. Det som dock drar ner romanen är att det saknas en tydlig dramaturgi i händelserna, och att det enda som länkar ihop berättelsen är karaktärernas relationer till varandra, inte händelserna. Tove Jansson vet hur man skapar en helt ny värld som fungerar för sagoberättande för både barn och vuxna.

  • Ewelina
    2018-11-01 12:51

    i love this book so much. this is precisely what november feels like to me.

  • Marta Dulce Și Gavina
    2018-11-07 09:44

    Ukochana. Niegdyś kilka pierwszych stron wyrytych na pamięć.

  • Jenni Joru
    2018-10-25 11:47

    Muumilaakson marraskuu on tunnelmallinen klassikko, johon on mukava aika ajoin palata. Luin sen nyt yhdessä seitsenvuotiaan Leon kanssa, ja vaikka teemat ovatkin aika riisuvia - muumitaloon saapuu joukko vieraita, joita tarkastellaan armottomasti - toimii kirja myös iltasatuna. Muumilaakso ja muumiperhe edustaa tässä teoksessa turvapaikkaa, jonne hakeutuu samanaikaisesti kylään Vilijonkka, Hemuli, Tuhto, Ruttuvaari, Nuuskamuikkunen ja Mymmeli. Kaikilla on hieman itsekkäät tarkoitusperät. Vilijonkka voi huonosti, eikä voi toteuttaa neuroottista siivousvimmaansa. Hemuli on saanut oivalluksena suuria itsestäänselvyyksiä ja haluaa järistä niistä miehekkäästi Muumipapan kanssa. Tuhto kaipaa äitiä. Mymmeli on mukavuudenhaluinen ja dementoituva Ruttuvaari lähtee aamutakkisillaan karkuun kotoaan. Vastassa onkin kylmä, talvitelolle pantu talo. Perhe on poissa. Hahmot joutuvat vastatuksin omien haaveidensa ja pienuutensa kanssa. He joutuvat toimimaan yhdessä ilman koossapitävää muumiperhettä. Ja koko ajan syksy synkkenee ja talvi lähenee. Jansson on ihmiskuvauksessaan eleetön, lempeänarmoton ja tarkka. Tunnistin itseni monesta hahmosta kiusallisella tavalla. Hemuli tahtoo panna asiat kuntoon ja olla pidetty, mutta onnistuu olemaan kömpelyydessään jopa tökerö ja hänen joviaaliutensa taustalla on aina annos pelkoa. Tuhto kasvattaa mielikuvituksessaan tarinat ja muumiperheenkin eeppisen hahmottomiin mittoihin ja joutuu kohtaamaan luomansa pedon tai luopumaan haavekuvistaan. Itsekäs Mymmeli pysyy narsistisen itseriittoisena. Vilijonkka löytää itsestään taas yllättävää luovuutta ja rohkeutta, vaikkakin takertuu liikaa tiskeihin ja rikkalapioon noustakseen itsensä yläpuolelle. Ruttuvaari sen sijaan saa hassahtaa rauhassa arvokkuutensa säilyttäen. Ja tällä kertaa Nuuskamuikkunen muistaa lähtiessään jättää kirjeen, jota aina odotetaan, ja jonka puuttuminen hyväksytään, vaikka se satuttaisikin.

  • S
    2018-10-16 09:29

    This was ridiculously good - and smart. I cannot express in words how much I appreciate Jansson as one of those children's book authors who don't underestimate the intelligence of her readers. She dares to approach subjects that are dark and complicated and doesn't explain everything out, she lets her readers do the work themselves and find meanings that are valuable to them.I loved how she used Moominvalley as a metaphor: the valley represented happiness to all of the characters, but for different reasons. And the characters, they also were delightfully different from one another and complex in nature, all with their quirks and characteristcs that made them lovable and annoying, depending on the situation. Brilliant!I also loved how she wrapped up the story so that it came a full circle. I use this structure myself quite often while writing and I loved the fact that she used it in a way that was quite unexpected. She's a very subtle storyteller, the best kind there is. Have to say, she outsmarted me. There's still one big important element of the book left which I didn't quite get, I think. I guess I just have to read the book again! And again!Brilliant, brilliant writing in every way possible. Five stars and into favourites.Ps. The book also gave me more creeps than the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Impressive!

  • Lotta
    2018-10-17 11:52

    This is a review of the original Swedish, read by Mark Levengood. It's the last of the books in the Moomin series. It's a wonderfully sweet, sad and funny little story. Six characters from the Moomin books gather in the valley late one autumn to visit with the Moomin family, only to find them inexplicably missing. They each have their own image of the Moomins and the valley and come looking for answers to life questions, but instead are forced to find them for themselves.Hemulen, en homsa vid namn Toft, Filifjonkan, Mymlan, ett gammalt onkelskrutt och Snusmumriken söker sig alla till Mumindalen sent i november. De söker olika saker, där muminfamiljen blir symbolen för vad de letar efter. Men muminfamiljen är inte där, och de måste istället tillsammans och var för sig hitta egna svar. Genom boken utvecklas karaktärerna och lär sig nya saker om sig själva. Trots att muminfamiljen är borta så är de otroligt närvarande i berättelsen, framför allt genom de förväntningar på dem och de bilder av dem som de olika karaktärerna har. Levengood läser med otrolig känsla och gör berättelsen ännu mer levande. Jansson skriver med ett rikt och levande bildspråk och får mig att önska att det inte var så länge sedan jag läste litteraturanalys i skolan.