I know that I m going to sound strange, but as a kid, I was terrified of moomins And my mum always kept reading it to me And it terrified me I loves me some Moomins This is the original story, coming in 1945 before the comic strip or the first of the famous novels, Comet in Moominland It has none of the satire of either of the former but it does have the same bizarre, delightful, magical world of strange creatures and peculiar adventures, featuring everybody s favourite troll family Speaking of delightful, Jansson s illustrations are as wonderful and playful as you would expect This edition is an inexpensive fairly large format hardback that allows for reprinting said illustrations at a size worthy of them and in superior quality, too It s a quick, fun read, a short story even by kiddy standards, excellent for filling in a moment when I was unable to focus sufficiently for my demanding current reading projects. On no account should anyone trying Tove Jansson for the first time start with this book, the original Moomin story, published in 1945 and recently translated into English for the very first time Because of course there s a reason why it was untranslated all these years and, additionally, out of print in the original Swedish it s just not that good The art work is charming, but the story, which is quite short, is just kind of random, helterskelter, and unsatisfying That being said, it s a must for Moomin completists, and for me personally, just learning of the existence of this book was satisfying in that I finally understood what flood was being referred to at the beginning of Comet in Moominland, which used to be considered book 1 As a child I thought Jansson was referring to the one in Moominsummer Madness, a later book in the series, and was deeply confused about the time frame of the books, which, for a time, rather put me off the moomins until I was older and better able to cope with ambiguity I had heard of Tove Jansson and her Moomins, but that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge It was therefore a lovely surprise to discover this fairy tale, featuring Moomintroll and Moominmamma in their search for a place to live and their long lost Moominpappa The writing is simple but not devoid of lyricism Being a translation, I can but wonder at how the original text feels, and if this is even pronounced The story follows a typical search with mini adventures punctuating the narrative, some dangerous than others, introducing us to different protagonists It is so sweet and yet, you can feel the darker undercurrent Tove wrote it during the WWII and published it in 1945 It is therefore not surprising that this is a disguised tale of families divided and highlights an anxious yearning for safety in all its meanings What did surprise me a lot was Tove s artistic skill I had no idea she drew at all I know, my bad and her illustrations totally enchanted me Wow So simple in some occasions but full of feeling I m in awe I don t know how this first volume compares with the rest of the series, but from a new reader, I am charmed I m particularly tempted now to read her The Summer Book. We loved reading this first moomin book again Lovely to see the first tentative drawings of the moomins We were really shocked how this book must have hugely influenced Roald Dahl, this story pre dates charlie and the chocolate factory but has too many similarities to be a coincidence. When I was a child and read Tove Jansson s evocative and adventurous tale of how a comet threatens the Moomins and their valley Comet in Moominland, although I actually read it in German , I was rather annoyed and frustrated with and by the fact that while there were all these textual allusions and hints at the beginning of Comet in Moominland of there having previously been a massive flooding, the novel where this so called Great Flood occurs had never been translated from its original Swedish finally remedied in 2006 with this here English language translation by David McDuff.And after now after having read The Moomins and the Great Flood, I can certainly and very much understand why this novel which is considered the first Moomin tale and was orignally published in 1945, and was also for decades out of print even in its Swedish original , has only recently been translated the simple fact being that although author and illustrator Tove Jansson s accompanying pictorial images are indeed glowingly descriptive, esoteric and for all intents and purposes wonderful, the actual text, the actual featured narrative, the story of The Moomins and the Great Flood is simply, is just not in any way en par with the other Moomin novels For the text feels majorly choppy, uneven and often so bare bones that one might almost assume one is reading of an outline of a novel than an actual and finished, polished end product I mean, we as readers never really do manage to obtain all that much knowledge and information as to exactly why Moominpapa has ended up being missing Yes, he has seemingly abandoned his family his wife and young son to travel with the Hatifatners, but no detailed and specific reasons as to why are ever really textually given And even the Great Flood itself is at least in my opinion rather a non event, is presented by Jansson as being there, being a presence, but with only scant description and portrayal which also and indeed seems to be the case with almost all of the diverse episodes of The Moomins and the Great Flood, the featured and presented nuggets of detail and of even storytelling charm, pieces of information that seem important for a short while but then like a flame, sputtering out, failing to coalesce into a harmonious whole And thus, while I do appreciate finally having had the opportunity to read, to experience Tove Jansson s very first Moomin book and cheer the fact that her The Moomins and the Great Flood was in 2006 translated from the original Swedish into English as well as subsequently into other languages , is again in print and as available as the rest of the Moomin series since it does in fact clean up some loose ends and presents how the Moomins originally reach their valley, and also how they meet and in many ways become saddled with the intriguing and sometimes a trifle frustrating kangaroo like creature who in the later Moomin novels is known as Sniff , I still have found The Moomins and the Great Flood only rather very mildly amusing and entertaining at best, and the novel s general writing style, its textual authorial presentation too scattered, too unfinished and too unpolished to be considered with than two stars and leave the truth and caveat that the sequels are definitely much superior and are to be in all ways preferred and recommended above The Moomins and the Great Flood which I really would only suggest for serious Moomin series fans and completists. The Moomins And The Great Flood Is The First Book About The Moomins, Originally Published In It S The Story About Moominmamma And Moomintroll S Search For The Missing Moominpappa And How They Found Their Way To The Moominvalley To by o o wiele dziwniejsze ni si spodziewa em, ale traktuj Ma e trolle i du pow d jako swego rodzaju prequel do uniwersum Mumink w 2016 aty reading challenge week 30 A fairytale from a culture other than your own.The first of the Moomin fairytales by the Scandinavian author, Tove Jansson, is quite charming Moomintroll and his mama set off on an odyssey to find a nice sunny place where they can build a house Along the way, they make new friends, face dangers and reunite with Moominpappa A timeless children s classic.
The Moomins and the Great Flood 1945 , during World War II She said later that the war had depressed her, and she had wanted to write something naive and innocent Besides the Moomin novels and short stories, Tove Jansson also wrote and illustrated four original and highly popular picture books.Jansson s Moomin books have been translated into 33 languages.
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