I’m a sort of a book person and During my last visit to Dubai I’ve spent quite some time in Kinokuniya’s Book World in Dubai Mall. The place is one of my main attraction points in Dubai… It’sthe place to be if you are a reader. The picture below shows the collection of books I picked up during my last visit (some 140KD’s worth of books).
While browsing the manga and comics section of the book store, amidst all the bloody and supernatural tales of Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and what else, a colorful hard cover comic strip collection of Tove Jansson’s Moomin was there waiting for me to pick it up, memories started flowing in when I saw the book and couldn’t resist the urge to pick the 2 parts in front of me.
Author / Artist: Tove Jansson
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Type: Hard Cover
Size: 31.24 x 22 x 1.7 cm
From the simple Simplicity of the cover to the tender and somehow ritualistic drawings of Jansson’s fantastical Moomin world, the book shouts innocent pleasure. Every time you go through the book, works of Japanese masters of imaginative fiction such as Hayao Miyazaki come to mind, the Finnish Tove Jansson however created Moomin in the form of fantasy books around 1945 and then wrote and drew her comic strips from 1954 to 1959.
The stories handled within the book are nothing short of genuine in style and content that until this day; few if any can actually stand up to the”exoticness” of this grand piece of fiction. The stories are lighthearted, but shrouds you with a weird sense of dread and gloomy expectations, yet the images of the book manages to end put smile through it all until you reach the inevitable happy ending. Moomin is a classic in its own right and not the kind that you put on the shelves for shows, you’ll read and reread it again and will wish Tove Jansson has made more.
Happy Reading to you all