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Moominvalley in November (Moomins Fiction)

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Umesto njih, šest anksioznih junaka (četiri junaka poznata iz prethodnih delova serijala i dva nova) pokušavaju da preosmisle mrtvo vreme novembra nastupilo usled sopstvene praznine i odsutnosti porodice trolova. Przyznaję, że czytałam Muminki tylko w podstawówce, dopiero teraz do nich wracam i byłam przygotowana na doznanie emocjonalne, a tutaj doznałam wstrząsającego doświadczenia intelektualnego. The faint whisper of rain and running water was still there and it had the same tender note of solitude and perfection. Tekstas gyvas, nes nežinai, kas bus toliau, kokia nuotaika užplūs veikėją, kada homsiukas ims ir užriks ant visų, o Filifjonka įsižeis dėl ne taip pasakyto žodžio. The chilly Groke — the most terrible of monsters, one of the few creatures who is never invited in—freezes everything she touches, and on the ground where she has sat, nothing grows again.

Trudno się z tym nie utożsamiać, bo kiedy pogoda staje się szorstka, zimna i kłująca, ja domagam się ciepła i miękkości w stopniu wprost proporcjonalnym do stanu za oknem.And combined with Tove Jansson’s spot on but also really quite verbally, textually dreary descriptions of a typical Scandinavian November (with less and less sun every day, with copious clouds, fog and very much cold and miserable rain), and even though I do think that Kingsley Hart’s translation successfully and nicely flowingly mirrors Tove Jansson’s original Swedish text, for me, Moominvalley in November is textually just not all that pleasant as a personal reading experience and therefore also only a two star rating and certainly rather an emotional downer with which to end Tove Jansson’s Moomins series. Moominvalley in November has been described as being closer to Waiting to Godot than the sunny fantasy world of Moominsummer Madness. One of Jansson's illustrations from the book, depicting (from left to right), Mymble, Grandpa-Grumble, Toft, Snufkin and the Hemulen watching the Fillyjonk's shadow puppet show. I do think that the absence of the center family, Moomins, creates a brilliant atmosphere and I love how lonely the whole book is. It rolled up the hillsides and slid down into the valleys on the other side and filled every corner of them.

books, tells her audience that they'll have to go on without her, and work out their problems as best they can. Moominvalley in November has been adapted to television once in the 1990 Swedish show Moominvalley, although the character Toft appears in the episodes from the 1990 Japanese anime that adapt Moominpappa at Sea. It was a place where people were always turning up unexpectedly, where sometimes—as Jansson wrote in Finn Family Moomintroll— “unexpected and disturbing things used to happen, but nobody ever had time to be bored, and that is always a good thing. Toft finds an old microbiology textbook, and misinterpreting it as a story, creates a monster in his imagination known as the Creature, which appears to develop a life of its own. If you like your children books to be depressing and bleak you couldn't do much better than Moominvalley in November.Unfortunately the paper they used was quite thin so the print on one side shows through to the other, which is a dissapointing skimp on their part. It will be wet and a bit melancholic, but you will also learn how to keep warm and to appreciate that darkness has its perks as well.

There familiar characters converge – Snufkin, the Hemulen, Fillyjonk, and others – seeking out the Moomins' welcoming company, only to find them absent. But it's also an oddly deep book, setting us readers with solutions to the problem of what we'll do without the Moomins, with only our flawed memories of what they were like. 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. 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.That is something that we perhaps need to be reminded of right now, during the darkest time of the year, at least in the Northern hemisphere. Another reviewer, the avowed fan of the Moomin series Leona Wisoker, described the work as being "a terrific mixture of keen psychological insight and Jansson's trademark humor" that left her "aching, wishing Jansson had written more in the series; but all good things must come to an end, and I wouldn't be pleased at all if anyone else dared to pick up the series in her wake. Somehow the uptight dowager manages to be one of the most sympathetic characters in all of Moominvalley. 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. 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.

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. The morning after the party, Fillyjonk organises the cleaning of the house, though it soon begins to snow, and she decides to leave, finally on good terms with the Hemulen. Six depressed and solitary people separately decide to visit this one family that has always made them feel like life is worth living. There, Toft finds an old microbiology textbook, and misinterpreting it as a story, creates a monster in his imagination, which appears to develop a life of its own.The Times Literary Supplement described the book as "possibly the cleverest of the Moomin books", whilst Philip Ardagh, writing for The Guardian in 2003, similarly praised it, describing the work as "melancholy" and comparing the character of Toft with that of Toffle, another lonely child, from Jansson's picture book Who Will Comfort Toffle? In the United States the series beginning with Finn Family Moomintroll (first published in English in 1945) has accumulated generations of fans.

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