'I decided to run away. There simply wasn't anything else to do.' Here at last is Moominpappa's promised life story - from the days when he was abandoned in a newspaper parcel on the doorstep of a Moomin orphanage, to when he ran away to see the world and was lucky enough to meet Moominmamma.
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(198mm x 129mm x 8mm)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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"I believe many of my readers will thoughtfully lift their snout from the pages of this book every once in a while to exclaim: 'What a Moomin!' or: 'This indeed is life.'" That is Moominpappa's thoughtful evaluation of his memoirs, and their appearance will be accepted as a moomintous event by the devoted followers of Jansson's special brand of free-wheeling fantasy and commonsense wisdom (Tales from Moominvalley, 1964; Moominsummer Madness, 1961, etc.). Moominpappa chronicles here his adventures from the time that he ran away from the Home for Moomin Foundlings - his seafaring explorations aboard the good houseboat The Oshun Oxtra with Hodgkins, the Muddler, and the Joxter; and their conscientious efforts as Royal Outlaw Colonist. "All nice things are good for you," says Moominmamma, and The Exploits, whether you read them selectively or straight through, prove it. In retrospect, Moominpappa realizes that "I've really been a strapping Moomin in my day... And still going strong." Here, here! (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into over 40 languages and adapted for television, film, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001.