This time though, the Moomins are absent. The other characters, Mymble, Toft, the Hemulen, Snufkin and the Please sign in to write a review.
Moominvalley in November
Quantity Add to basket. This item has been added to your basket View basket Checkout. Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. View other formats and editions. Synopsis Author. In her last, most profound and poignant Moomin story, Jansson explores themes of loss, legacy and hope. The Moomins have left their beloved Moominvalley but as winter draws near Snufkin, Mymble, Toft and others move into the Moominhouse to await the family's return. Could that gentle flicker of light on the horizon be their boat?
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Moominvalley in November (Moomintroll, book 9) by Tove Jansson
Kes Gray. Ugliness as unloveability and cuteness its opposite, feeling opposed to thinking, minds opposed to bodies, and all of the other dichotomies we pretend are rules that guide our lives get carefully torn apart. Tove Jansson was a genius of a very subtle kind. These simple stories resonate with profound and complex emotions that are like nothing else in literature for children or adults. But Moominvalley in November makes me heart-sore to think about, let alone review.
The waiting. Near the end, Snufkin leaves his annual letter for Moomintroll in the letter box and leaves. Toft thinks to himself:.
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His dream about meeting the family again had grown so enormous that it made him feel tired. Every time he thought about Moominmamma he got a headache. She had grown so perfect and gentle and consoling that it was unbearable; she was a big, round, smooth balloon without a face. The whole of Moominvalley had somehow become unreal, the house, the garden and the river were nothing but a play of shadows on the screen and Toft no longer knew what was real and what was only his imagination.
Moominvalley in November is a book with illustrations for children that came out in and it gets at loss and grief and hope in a way that other things very rarely, if ever, manage to do.
They discovered then they were too old: they could never go back. Endings come all at once or slowly or sometimes not at all really.
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