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And care or creatures unlike himself While this book is Faith Fairies far introspective than its predecessors itully retains the charm of the previous novels while exploring serious subjects such as dealing with death Greetings from Witness Protection! facing one sears and embracing change It is also I suspect Jansson s obliue nod to DarwinismRe reading this book Spot for theirst time in several decades I was thrilled to The Hotel New Hampshire find it remains myavourite book of the series Tove Jansson s distinctive illustrations still captivate this adult reader and her simple stories never A Dangerous Man (Women and Men, fail to evoke a range of complex emotions You can read of my reviews and other literaryeatures at Book Jotter This was and always will be my Sizzling Seduction favourite Moomin book I read it theirst time when I barely knew how to read and since then I read it so many times that I know it by heart It started it so many times that I know it by heart It started love Her Secret Husband (Secrets of Eden, for this series and it s one of the most important books I ever reador my growth as a reader Love this 3 This book has the best Takedown footnotesA displaced hedgehog is a hedgehog that has been removedrom its home against its will and not even had time to pack *Its ToothbrushAnd A Bit Later *toothbrushAnd a bit later when we are so sad because suirrel is dead the most comforting Baby, Im Yours (Guys And Daughters, footnote I ve ever readIn case the readereels like having a cry please take a uick look at p 126 When one s dead then one s dead said Too Ticky kindly This suirrel will become earth all in his time And still later on there ll grow trees Her Counterfeit Husband from him with new suirrels skipping about in them Do you think that s so sad Perhaps not said Moomintroll Granted I ve only justinished reading it but this might just be my Heart of the Night (Secret Agent favourite book Towards the end when Moomintroll s long and lonely ordeal isinally over someone suggests that he should put a glass over a budding crocus to protect it overnight No he says Let it The Greek Bosss Demand fight it out I believe it s going to do still better if things aren t so easyThese are stories to live by All things are so very uncertain and that s exactly what makes meeel reassuredHad the urge to reread this because it kept popping up to my bookstagram February or Forever (Tarrins Bay feed so thanks guys It was even better than I remembered and a perfect December read For myull review irst Moomins book that I read was Finn Family Moomintroll and I ell in love Moominvalley seemed a magical place of eternal sunshine The A Virgin For The Taking (Clemenger Sisters food was plentiful the company enchanting and even when risky characters such as the Hobgoblin showed up the threat neverelt particularly severe Eight year old me was in rapture But it was a library book and I was not allowed to keep checking it out indefinitely and nor was I allowed a copy of my own When I discovered that there were other Moomin books I thought I had What She Saw / Operation Reunion found the perfect solution When I read Moominland Midwinter however Ielt I had made a terrible mistake Thingummy and Bob were gone Snufkin was travelling in oreign lands Most of the other characters were asleep Even the sun was gone I plodded to the end but it would be many years before I ventured back to Moominvalley Returning to the book now as an adult would it still seem so very gloomyThe very title of Finn Family Moomintroll confirms that it is ABOUT COMMUNITY AND BELONGING A FAMILY IN THAT RESPECT community and belonging a amily In that respect Midwinter is its polar opposite It is an incredible perhaps even uniue study of depression and loneliness on the child s eye level I can also see why it was not at all what eight year old me was expecting Moomins usually hibernate between the months of November and April but then one year Moomintroll wakes up and is unable to settle himself againThe winter which Moomintroll encounters is a disturbing one and he The Dark Duke faces it alone As a child who longedruitlessly every year A Measure Of Love (Kincaid Trilogy for snow in the hope ofinally testing out my sledge the idea that it could take on a sinister side seemed strange I did not realise that this was the Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls flip side to the long sunny days of Finn Family that now Moominvalley had to endure months of perpetual darkness As an adult I have a tendency to get grumpy during the winter months when it can too ofteneel that one goes to work in darkness and then return home in the same I can better understand how a Finnish winter could really depress one s spiritsThere is something really eerie too about being awake while those around you are asleep Following on The Soul Of A Thief from the birth of myirst child I had an extended bout of insomnia over the winter of last year He would wake up I would Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights feed him he would sleep again but I would not Reading Moomintroll s bewilderment andrustration about being awake when the rest of his amily are not made me remember that period Padding about in the dark trying different corners of the house to see if They did until the year Moomintroll woke up and went exploring in the silent snow covere. ,

The human world is a huge mess that somehow survives the day I don t know how it happens and I m not sure that all our unconcerted efforts to help it survive don t just urther complicate things and make that daily survival less and less possible My attitude in these matters is generally that of a cynical Taoist a profound Mystify (Mystyx, faith in things as they areunctioning perfectly in enormous rhythms of time wedded to an understanding that most humans only make things worse If pressed my explanation would be that collectively we see a new day every day due to an inherent survival mecha Cynical comfort reading Jansson s stories won t warm the depths of mid winter but may encourage you to accept that the rozen snowy dark is temporary and not entirely meritless if one remains open to its potential People also Most of them are irritating to its potential People also Most of them are irritating some way or another but it ll be okay They re probably also well meaning in some way So wintry and lovely My copy had 17 pages missing so I shall have to hunt them down and enjoy them on their own Oh the things that happen to you if you can t hibernate properlyReread with my big kids in Scandinavian mid winter A delight to revisit after a decade All was silent nothing stirred and slender stars were shining everywhere and twinkling in the ice It was terribly cold Moomins go into a state of deep hibernation rom November to April until the ice melts and spring sunshine warms their Wild Streak fur it has always been so or was until a particular winter when something utterly perplexing happens to Moomintroll he wakesrom his state of torpor and cannot not get back to sleep As his amily slumber in their beds oblivious to his predicament he emerges into a world where the clocks have stopped there is nothing to eat and the land is covered with snow Although we never learn the reason or his wakefulness it seems plain that in some Say Youll Stay And Marry Me fundamental way this behaviour goes against nature He was in his own words theirst Moomin to have lived through an entire year and he Rafaellos Mistress feels desperately isolatedDespiteirst appearances the young troll gradually realises he is The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, farrom alone Indeed the valley is teeming with creatures unknown to the sleeping inhabitants in some instances because they emerge only to make a midwinter bonfire then depart with the arrival of spring To Moomintroll s delight one old riend does make midwinter bonfire then depart with the arrival of spring To Moomintroll s delight one old riend does make appearance the indomitable Little My a great Another Day of Life favourite with Moominites Physically diminutive but immense in personality she is unafraid of anything says exactly what she thinks and often annoys others The snow holds noear What Would You Like? for her and she uses kitchen knives as skates and Moominmamma s tea tray as a sledge reaffirming her reputationor recklessnessMoomintroll also meets new acuaintances such as the Hemulen Skier who unlike most hemulens doesn t wear a dress and doesn t ollow *rules or collect things He s a big cheerful outdoorsy type who announces his arrival *or collect things He s a big cheerful outdoorsy type who announces his arrival blowing a bugle When he isn t plunging into reezing cold water or whizzing down precipitous slopes on skis he s annoying everyone by disturbing their afternoon nap chivvying them to get out in the Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, fresh airTuulikki Pietil known affectionately as Tuuti Jansson s life partner is immortalised in Moominland Midwinter as the calm and wise Too Ticky a character who teaches Moomintroll how to survive in this new environment In her striped sweater and bobble hat she is presented as a practical independent individual who lives in the Moomins bathhouse with eight invisible shrewsOther memorable characters include the melancholy Sorry oo a wan little dog whose greatest wish is to run wild with the wolves and the Ancestor or dweller behind the stove a small hairy creature with a large snout He too is a troll a antecedent of the Moominamily but with a great many generations separating them He should perhaps be described as a mooministic primogenitorThe creature I Friend Foe find mostascinating is the mysterious Groke a solitary expressionless being who appears unexpectedly and brings with her an unnatural chill She leaves the ground The Longevity Diet frozen beneath hereet and those who encounter her are Grassroots Innovation forever reminded of the bleakest winters Sometimes death Many others whom I m tempted to call climate refugees arriverom the north seeking ood and shelter Since the Lady of the Cold passed through their valley they have suffered starvation Their plight leads Moomintroll to exclaim What troubles people have He opens both his home and Moominmamma s jam store to these troubled incomersFar less jolly than its predecessors Moominland Midwinter is a haunting yet joyful tale of a rightened angry isolated young troll who learns to respect. 'This is snow' Moomintroll whispered to himselfMoomins always sleep through the winter or. Could get sleepy again and then always always staying awake The long nights of winter seemed endless The phase was not long but it was uite enough or meFortunately Moomintroll discovers an alternative community which exists during the winter months a group of characters euipped to survive the harsh conditions Chief among these is Too Ticky who occupies the Moomin Perfect Cities family s bath house Based on author Tove Jansson s long term partner Tuulikki Tooti Pietil Too Ticky is a practical philosopher Where Moomintroll rails against the harshness of the season Too Ticky encourages him to see that there is to snow than mere bland whitenessYou believe it s cold but if you build yourself a snowhouse it s warm You think it s white but at times it looks pink and another time it s blue It can be softer than anything and then again harder than stone Nothing is certainTove Jansson with her partner Tuulikki Pietil If Too Ticky is indeed an accurate representation of Tuulikki Pietil then Tove Jansson was veryortunate to have her as a partner She is one of those rare and wonderful people who accepts each new situation unflinchingly Even the coming of the deadly Lady of the Cold does not spark Prometheus Wired fear in Too Ticky She sets out to make sure everyone is organised but never panics Like Moomintroll I was horror struck as a child by the demise of the suirrel who encounters the Lady of the Cold Somehow I seemed to miss the author note theirst time around Too Ticky s deadpan pronouncement of When one s dead one s dead was completely alien to me at the time Yet *she shows Moomintroll that while in winter he is living by different rulesThere are such a lot of things that have *shows Moomintroll that while in winter he is living by different rulesThere are such a lot of things that have place in summer and autumn and spring Everything that s a little shy and a little rum Some kinds of night animals and people that don t it in with others and that nobody really believes in They keep out of the way all year And then when everything s uiet and white and the nights are long and most people are asleep then they appearThe characters who emerge in the winter are a crew of misfits There is Sorry oo the dog who longs to run with wolves the boisterous skiing Hemulen who everyone hopes will move on and leave them alone and Salome the little Creep who hopes to be noticed the mysterious Ancestor who Moomintroll can barely recognise as kin ew of the characters appear truly contented The idea of being suddenly adrift Special Topics in Calamity Physics from one samily alarmed me as a child I was like Moomintroll I did not like Moominvalley in the winter Yet when I reread it I Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks felt that I had missed the most important point things get betterEven when the book is at its darkest things improve Sorry oo realises that he cannot be a wolf heartbreaking passage there and he is saved before he can be devoured by the pack The sun returns a little atirst and then gradually and Moominmamma wakes up She wakes and she takes care of Moomintroll sets the house to rights and remarks how nice it is to be up a little early to have some extra time to herself The jam stores which Moomintroll had worried over so much turn out to be not so important Spring is here There is another suirrel hopping about who looks just like the one who perished under the gaze of the Lady of the ColdBut when Moomintroll Scenes from a Revolution finds Snork Maiden and the two of them spot an early crocus she suggests putting a glass over it to protect itrom the cold Moomintroll responds No don t do that Let it ight it out I believe it s going to do still better if things aren t so easy Not only do things get better but you are stronger as a person rom what has gone before In early books particularly The Moomins and the Great Flood Moomintroll was a mere child and had little agency With Midwinter we see him take on responsibility and Microsoft Visual C face down challenges addingar greater depth to his characterUnfortunately I think I was just too young Soulprint for Moominland Midwinter when Iirst read it I saw only the bleakness and had lost interest before the new growth The lesson of how we grow as people through trial and toil is a hefty one Blah Blah Black Sheep for a child to take on board but it is such an important one I can think ofew writers who could have put this across so beautifully as Jansson manages to do here Her version of winter does not ocus on the un of sledging or skiing or snowball Surrender fights but on the slog to survive it and yet she does not stirrom the world she has created The glorious thing about the Moomins is that they are a kind of adult The Highlanders Touch (Highlander, fairy tale that you can enjoy at any stage of life I hope very much to share this story one day with my own child that he too might learn that things may well get tough but he can rise to the challenge. D valley where the river used to scuttle along and all hisriends were so busy in summer.