Moomin Falls in Love in The Telegraph

Graphic novel round up

The Telegraph    |    Tim Martin    |    June 5, 2013

It’s anyone’s guess what the commissioning editors are smoking in the graphic novels department of Jonathan Cape, but when the results are this interesting, why inquire? ....Less forbidding, but concealing vast wisdom beneath their amiable surface, are Tove Jansson’s Moominland comics, two of which are reprinted this month in beautiful small-scale editions from Drawn & Quarterly. The secret ingredients in Jansson’s stories about a family of podgy, large-snouted Scandinavian trolls are her bone-dry humour and worldly eye for human (or Moomin) frailty, meaning that even their most comic episodes vibrate with crystalline melancholy. In short, their author was a sage and a genius in her novels and comics alike: for this reviewer, Moomin Falls in Love has more to say about real human relationships than a shelf full of Booker nominees....

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