2017 · July · Reviews

Book Review: “Muminpappans Memoarer”, by Tove Jansson

Published in 2014 by Rabén & Sjögren | Originally published in 1950/1968 | Four feathers

This has been translated into English as “Moominpappa’s Memoirs” or “The Exploits of Moominpappa”

Summary from Goodreads:

Before he had a family, before he met Moominmamma, Moominpappa led a life of adventure and intrigue. But he’s never told his story until now.
Now Moominpappa has a bad cold, and it’s the perfect time to remember his youthful endeavors and to ponder the Experiences which have made him the remarkable Moomin he is. As he reads each chapter aloud to Moomintroll, Snufkin, and Sniff, they, and we, learn of his triumphs and tribulations, and his momentous meetings with the Joxter, the Muddler, and a cast of other characters too incredible (especially Edward the Booble) to list here.


This was a little bit different than the other Moomin books I’ve read. It’s not as melancholy, and the characters also felt slightly different than they usually are. I guess that because it’s told from Moominpappa’s perspective, Moomin, Snufkin, and Sniff come across more as kids than they usually do because that’s how he sees them, and that is probably the main reason why the characters seem different.

I love Moomin so much. All these absurd things happen, but the characters just shrug and go with it. I found myself giggling aloud several times throughout this novel, but I docked a feather because I think it lacked some of the depth that I’ve seen in other books in the series. If you want to ease yourself into Moomin, maybe this could be a good place to start. However, be aware of Moominpappa’s slightly annoying personality.


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