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Moominpappa's Memoirs
by Tove Jansson | Children's Books
Registered by wingApoloniaXwing of Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal on 4/3/2010
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by azuki): to be read


11 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingApoloniaXwing from Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal on Saturday, April 03, 2010

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The Moomins (Swedish: Mumintroll) are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. They are a family of trolls who are white and roundish, with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, in the forests of Finland, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have many adventures along with their various friends.
In all, nine books were released in the series, with five picture books and a comic strip also written by Jansson being released between 1945 and 1993.
The books in the series, in order, are:
1. The Moomins and the Great Flood (Originally: Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen) – 1945.
2. Comet in Moominland, Some editions: The Happy Moomins - (Originally: Kometjakten/Kometen kommer) – 1946.
3. Finn Family Moomintroll (Originally: Trollkarlens hatt) – 1948.
4. The Exploits of Moominpappa, Some editions: Moominpappa's Memoirs (Originally: Muminpappans bravader/Muminpappans memoarer) – 1950.
5. Moominsummer Madness (Originally: Farlig midsommar) – 1954.
6. Moominland Midwinter (Originally: Trollvinter) – 1957.
7. Tales from Moominvalley (Originally: Det osynliga barnet) – 1962 (Short stories).
8. Moominpappa at Sea (Originally: Pappan och havet) – 1965.
9. Moominvalley in November (Originally: Sent i november) – 1970 (In which the Moomin family is absent).
Moominpappa has written his autobiography of his amazing life, and he tells it to his son Moomintroll, and to Moomintroll's friends, Sniff and Snufkin. In his tale, he at first was left at an orphanage, but after finding it boring and disliking the strict headmistress Hemulen, he leaves and meets a new friend, Hodgkin...
(Wikipedia) 


Journal Entry 2 by wingApoloniaXwing from Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal on Sunday, April 04, 2010

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Bookray:
- wendyv, Aus, ship int'l
- KiwiinEngland, Ireland, ship EU
- ratje-toe, NL
- iiwi, NL, ship int'l
- Tsjara, NL, ship EU (if possible)
- flambard, UK, ship int'l
- LittleWhiteBird, US, ship US/Can
- MaryZee, US, ship US/Can
- Melydia, US = end of ray
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Journal Entry 3 by wingApoloniaXwing at To First Participant, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (4/7/2010 UTC) at To First Participant, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Travelling to wendyv.
Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 4 by wendyv from Blind Bight, Victoria Australia on Thursday, April 15, 2010

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TBR - thank you for including me! This arrived today and I anticipate getting to it shortly. 


Journal Entry 5 by wendyv from Blind Bight, Victoria Australia on Thursday, April 15, 2010

7 out of 10

I really liked this one and found the family absolutely loveable. I appreciate the chance to be a part of this ring. The charcters are gentle and unique. My favourite would have to be the joxter! I really enjoyed it and i think it will stay 'with me' even after I have posted it off, if that makes sense!

I will post it off today after work. Thanks! 


Journal Entry 6 by wendyv at Blind Bight, Victoria Australia on Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (4/16/2010 UTC) at Blind Bight, Victoria Australia

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Will be posted today after work. Please enjoy it! 


Journal Entry 7 by kiwiinengland from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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Hurrah - the Mommins have arrived in Dublin having dodged the second closure of Irish airspace due to ash falling.

Thanks for posting it from Australia Wendyv, and ApoloniaX for starting the ring. 


Journal Entry 8 by kiwiinengland from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, May 10, 2010

7 out of 10

This was a calming read, with some lovely sentences about accepting others and going with the flow.

I was confused by the relationship between some of the characters, perhaps if I'd read more of the previous books (or been brought up with them) this wouldn't have been an issue.

 


Journal Entry 9 by kiwiinengland at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, May 10, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (5/10/2010 UTC) at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland

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Posting to the next person on the book ray, via air mail with An Post. 


Journal Entry 10 by ratje-toe at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, June 12, 2010

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KiwiinEngland has sent this book to me. Haven't got around to reading it, but it looks lovely! 


Journal Entry 11 by ratje-toe at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, June 26, 2010

8 out of 10

I really liked this book, Moominpappa is so arrogant and naïve, I love it!
Thanks for the ring!
I gave the book to iiwi today.
Laura 


Journal Entry 12 by wingiiwiwing at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, June 26, 2010

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Got it! I will go to the roofterras and read it, in the shade, 23 degrees out, with tea and homemade cookies! 


Journal Entry 13 by wingiiwiwing at Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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And so I did, and now it is finished. :) Nice to read something about the history of the Moomins. Still, it does not give me the feeling I had with the first moominbook I read, the one with the lighthouse. That was such a nice round story, this is more a couple of short stories fit together. Moominpappa's character makes it resemble The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, and on other occassions I had a Jules Verne feeling about it.
Of the illustrations my adventurer heart should say I like the one with the fish with the lights best, but secretly I admire the one in the beginning, where Moominpappa quietly is building his house.

"Excuse me, but are clouds friendly?", asked the Muddler in a worried tone. Non of us could voice an opinion on that. 


Journal Entry 14 by wingTsjarawing at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, August 08, 2010

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Received this yesterday. Thanks iiwi for sending and ApoloniaX for sharing the book! Looking forward to another Moomin story :D 


Journal Entry 15 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, August 26, 2010

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This was a lovely read. Moominpappa is a bit big headed sometimes, but also (unintentionally?) quite funny. The characters were all loveable (except the Hemulen Aunt maybe :p ). My favorites were the Joxter and the Autocrat :)
There was a little part which, I thought, explained the characters quite well..

When Hodgkins relieved me at dawn, I [Moominpappa] mentioned in passing the Joxter's strange and total lack of interest in his surroundings. "Well," said Hodgkins, "perhaps he is really interested in everything, only he doesn't overdo it. For ourselves there is always one single interest. You want to become. I want to do. My nephew wants to have. But the Joxter just lives."

I have flambard's address now, and will mail this out soon.
 


Journal Entry 16 by wingTsjarawing at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, August 27, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (8/27/2010 UTC) at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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Now on its way to flambard in the UK.
Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 17 by Flambard at Horsham, West Sussex United Kingdom on Friday, September 03, 2010

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Moominpappa has arrived safely! Thank you Tsjara and ApoloniaX! 


Journal Entry 18 by Flambard at Horsham, West Sussex United Kingdom on Saturday, September 11, 2010

8 out of 10

Definitely took me right back to when I was at St Osmund's Junior School in the 1970s! I half-rememberd the Oshun Oxtra. Wonderful! I loved Moominpappa's bombast and ever-increasing exageration. But you just have to laugh out loud at the Ghost of Horror Island knitting a skull and crossbones motif!

Roiling 


Journal Entry 19 by Flambard at by Post, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (9/11/2010 UTC) at by Post, Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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To Virginia, USA 


Journal Entry 20 by LittleWhiteBird at Arlington, Virginia USA on Monday, September 20, 2010

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Arrived in the mail today (according to the note on the package on the 18th even, but I didn't go to the P.O. box on Saturday).

I'm reading another book at the moment, so I'll see whether I'll squeeze the Moomins in or finish the other one first.

I'll see if MaryZee or Melydia will come to the next BC in DC Bookcrossing meeting after I finish reading the book, so maybe I'll be able to hand the book over directly. 


Journal Entry 21 by LittleWhiteBird at Arlington, Virginia USA on Wednesday, October 06, 2010

9 out of 10

Released 7 yrs ago (10/6/2010 UTC) at Arlington, Virginia USA

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It was so much fun to read Moominpappa's Memoirs, about his childhood and his adventures, and the friends he made. At the end we even find out how he met Moominmamma! I enjoyed the drawings so much as well.

Since we won't meet at the next BC in DC meeting, I'm sending the book to MaryZee by mail. The ghost should make it an appropriate Halloween read for her ;) 


Journal Entry 22 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Book arrived safely in Maryland today. I'll read this one as soon as I finish my main read, probably within the week. 


Journal Entry 23 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Saturday, October 16, 2010

8 out of 10

Thanks for sharing this wonderful book, guys. Thanks to BC and the wonderful folks here I've now been able to read nearly all the Moomintroll books except the first and the last 3 - The Moomins and the Great Flood, The Tales from Moominvalley, Moominpappa at Sea, and Moominvalley in November. (I was able to figure this out thru our new, wonderful BC 2.0 search, which works wonders. I wanted to keep track for the future, since I'm now not sure which ones I've read and which ones I haven't.)

Moominpappa is quite the adventurer. It's was wonderful to meet all the characters, and to see how they fit together and all get along, despite their differences.

Thanks again to ApoloniaX for sharing. This will soon be in the mail to Melydia. 


Journal Entry 24 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (10/19/2010 UTC) at Taneytown, Maryland USA

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Mailed this wonderful book off to Melydia today. 


Journal Entry 25 by melydia at -- Geocaches, Virginia USA on Thursday, October 28, 2010

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This is the year for Moomins! I am so happy this has arrived and am looking forward to reading it. Thank you so much! 


Journal Entry 26 by melydia at -- Geocaches, Virginia USA on Thursday, December 23, 2010

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I admit to being a little disappointed when I discovered that this was not the story of Moominpappa's adventures following the Hattifatteners, but I soon came round to embrace this strange tale of fathers: Moomintroll's, Sniff's, and Snufkin's, respectively. I was a little concerned that Sniff and Snufkin appeared to have never even met their parents, but I guess in Moominland that's not such a crazy notion. Anyway, this is Moominpappa's somewhat embellished account of his early years, from his abandonment at a Hemulen-run orphanage to the day he met Moominmamma. I was truly entertained by the Autocrat's speeches, and the art was wonderful as always, but this was not my favorite Moomin book. Moominpappa's inflated sense of self-importance was amusing at first, but became tiresome by the end. Luckily, it's a very short book, and does not overstay its welcome.

Since I'm the last person on this ray, I have not decided yet what I'll do with it. I may see if anyone has it on their wishlist, or perhaps share it at the 2011 BookCrossing Convention in Washington, D.C. 


Journal Entry 27 by melydia at 2011 BookCrossing Convention in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA on Monday, January 17, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (4/15/2011 UTC) at 2011 BookCrossing Convention in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA

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Releasing at the 2011 BookCrossing Convention in Washington, DC. 


Journal Entry 28 by wingazukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, May 01, 2011

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Snatched this up at the BC convention.

I've seen those adorable Moomin character goods from Japan when I grew up, but was not introduced to the books (or indeed knew that they were characters based on books) until a couple years back. So now I am catching up on them, and joining bookrings whenever one shows up. Glad to have my own Momin book now, if only just for a while. (I am an avid BCer after all!)  


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