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TrollvinterLl has woken up in January After his initial shock at seeing his familiar haunts. “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 from November to April until the ice melts and spring sunshine warms their fur – it has always been so or was until a particular winter when something utterly perplexing happens to Moomintroll he wakes from his state of torpor and cannot not get back to sleep As his family 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 for his wakefulness it seems plain that in some fundamental way this behaviour goes against nature He was in his own words “the first Moomin to have lived through an entire year” and he feels desperately isolatedDespite first appearances the young troll gradually realises he is far from 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 friend does make an appearance the indomitable Little My a great 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 no fear for her and she uses kitchen knives as skates and Moominmamma’s tea tray as a sledge reaffirming her reputation for recklessnessMoomintroll also meets new acuaintances such as the Hemulen Skier who unlike most hemulens doesn’t wear a dress and doesn’t follow rules or collect things He’s a big cheerful outdoorsy type who announces his arrival by blowing a bugle When he isn’t plunging into freezing 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 fresh airTuulikki Pietilä 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 Moomin family but with a great many generations separating them He should perhaps be described as a mooministic primogenitorThe creature I find most fascinating is the mysterious Groke a solitary expressionless being who appears unexpectedly and brings with her an unnatural chill She leaves the ground frozen beneath her feet and those who encounter her are forever reminded of the bleakest winters Sometimes death Many others whom I’m tempted to call climate refugees arrive from the north seeking food 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 frightened angry isolated young troll who learns to respect and care for creatures unlike himself While this book is far introspective than its predecessors it fully retains the charm of the previous novels while exploring serious subjects such as dealing with death facing one's fears and embracing change It is also I suspect Jansson’s obliue nod to DarwinismRe reading this book for the first time in several decades I was thrilled to find it remains my favourite book of the series Tove Jansson’s distinctive illustrations still captivate this adult reader and her simple stories never fail to evoke a range of complex emotions You can read of my reviews and other literary features at Book Jotter

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Trollvinter review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø ✺ Trollvinter Epub ✽ Author Tove Jansson – Everyone knows that the Moomins sleep through the winter but this year Moomintroll has woken up in January After his initial shock at seeing his familiar haunts under the snow Moomintroll discovers th Everyone knowUnder the snow Moomintroll discovers that winter is worth waking up for after a. All things are so very uncertain and that's exactly what makes me feel reassuredHad the urge to reread this because it kept popping up to my bookstagram feed so thanks guys It was even better than I remembered and a perfect December read

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Everyone knows that the Moomins sleep through the winter but this year Moomintro. 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 further 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 faith in things as they are functioning “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 mechanism of such incredible complexity that even our brightest brains can’t understand it If pressed I would also add that this survival mechanism is beyond the reach of our brains which itself is part of that very survival mechanism as our brains would invariably muck it up irreparably if given access Brains muck up enough already and what they can’t muck up they often try to ruin for everyone Even our very own brains try to muck up our very own lives For instance some brains are wont to tell their soulbody vessels that in the face of such muckity mucked up global complexity to seek solace or refuge or even wisdom in the simple is irresponsible; that complexity must be confronted with complexity; that it is our duty as primates on the intellectual pinnacle to figure out every last detail of our infinitely long ueue of problems and to come up with solutions before we can enjoy the simplicity of our gods given natures; that we need to read complicated adult books rather than so called children’s books as a means of understanding our conditions Just as I don’t know how we survive I don’t know why we continue to operate under the directive of seriously flawed adult logic and over educated instruction manuals when the clear eyed anarchic wisdom of childhood even old age is intuitively the better course Children and the elderly aren’t in the game and they’re the wiser for it though of course there are exceptions demonic kids and avaricious old folksWhich brings me to Mooninvalley where I now live I feel lucky that I can read these books for the first time as an adult Sure it would be nice to have read these as a youngster so that as they were directly affecting effecting my development they were planting themselves in my being’s very marrow; but to read them as an adult is potentially even affecting as there are so many mentalemotional rigidities to overcome so much intellectual scar tissue to flex out and so many grey clouds and mucky accretions to pierce in order to see the Sun as if on the first day of creation Which is not to say that Tove Jansson aspirations are so lofty as from what I can tell her main intentions were to entertain and delight while embodying her philosophy of natural magic clear sighted pragmatism anarchic creativity and self sufficiency through the simple complex of her cast of wildly diverse charactersLife in Moominvalley is simple though complicated enough to engender stories worth telling and though it’s a remote utopia of sorts it’s essence is capable of resonating within the hearts and minds of those people still receptive to a wisdom that can be both simple and true And just as I don’t really care to know how we as a species continue to survive I don’t really care to over discuss my life in Moominvalley I prefer to just live it And I should stop talking before anyone mistakes me for Garrison Keillor