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The Hunting Of The Snark

by Lewis Carroll
Illustrator Mahendra Singh

Melville House | November 2, 2010 | Hardcover

The Hunting Of The Snark is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll’s classic masterpiece of nonsense verse, takes the reader on a wonderfully witty and inventive hunt for the ever-elusive Snark. The tantalizing mysteries of the poem are here perfectly matched in these brilliant new illustrations by artist Mahendra Singh, who has created a visual treasure hunt, full of riddles, puns, and allusions.
 
When asked what his poem meant, Carroll would always reply that he did not know. But, on one occasion, he did write to friends that perhaps “…the whole book is an allegory on the search for happiness.”
 
“To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope,
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap!”

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 96 pages, 10.57 × 6.96 × 0.47 in

Published: November 2, 2010

Publisher: Melville House

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1935554247

ISBN - 13: 9781935554240

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the purchase This Surrealist, GN version of Lewis Carroll's Snark is quite complicated, actually, with lots of picture puzzles and references to various famous artworks (illustrated by Mahendra Singh). However, the complicated part should not put you off. Carroll's verses are a lot of fun, just perfect for kids or adults who enjoy poetry and jokes! The "nonsense" is delightfully presented even though at times I found it a little deep and broody. This is not a book for kids or parents who are looking for something along the lines of the famous 1951 Disney animated Alice in Wonderland. Perhaps it's a bit closer to Tim Burton's vision of Carroll's nonsense, a bit dark and complicated. Perfect for art students and kids thinking about a career in the arts as it's a well-conceived survey of Surrealism and more. En fin, I would say it's about us adults indulging in our dumbness and as parents or teachers enjoying the quality time reading to the kids.
Date published: 2010-12-17

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The Hunting Of The Snark

by Lewis Carroll
Illustrator Mahendra Singh

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 96 pages, 10.57 × 6.96 × 0.47 in

Published: November 2, 2010

Publisher: Melville House

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1935554247

ISBN - 13: 9781935554240

About the Book

"The Hunting of the Snark," Lewis Carroll's classic masterpiece of nonsense verse, takes the reader on a wonderfully witty and inventive hunt for the ever-elusive Snark. The tantalizing mysteries of the poem are here perfectly matched in these brilliant new illustrations by artist Mahendra Singh, who has created a visual treasure hunt, full of riddles, puns, and allusions.
When asked what his poem meant, Carroll would always reply that he did not know. But, on one occasion, he did write to friends that perhaps ..".the whole book is an allegory on the search for happiness."
"To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope,
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap!"

From the Publisher

The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll’s classic masterpiece of nonsense verse, takes the reader on a wonderfully witty and inventive hunt for the ever-elusive Snark. The tantalizing mysteries of the poem are here perfectly matched in these brilliant new illustrations by artist Mahendra Singh, who has created a visual treasure hunt, full of riddles, puns, and allusions.
 
When asked what his poem meant, Carroll would always reply that he did not know. But, on one occasion, he did write to friends that perhaps “…the whole book is an allegory on the search for happiness.”
 
“To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope,
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap!”

About the Author

Oxford University mathematics professor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898), under his pen name Lewis Carroll, created some of the most brilliant, original and uniquely inventive literature in the English language. He is most famous for three magical works: Alice''s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, and the witty, whimsical and ever-elusive The Hunting of the Snark.
 
When pressed to explain the meaning of The Hunting of the Snark, Carroll invariably replied that he did not know. “I’m very much afraid I didn’t mean anything but nonsense!” he wrote in a letter to friends, “Still, you know, words mean more than we mean to express when we use them: so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer meant. So, whatever good meanings are in the book, I’m very glad to accept as the meaning of the book. The best I’ve seen is…that the whole book is an allegory on the search for happiness. I think that fits beautifully in many ways.”
 
About the Artist
Mahendra Singh is an illustrator and longstanding Lewis Carroll aficionado. He is a member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and an editor for their journal, the Knight Letter. For Singh, creating the illustrations for The Hunting of the Snark "has been a labor of love—fitting Lewis Carroll into a proto-Surrealist straitjacket with matching Dada cufflinks."

Editorial Reviews

"Delightfully surreal...save this book for the brightest and most adventurous young word-worms on your holiday shopping list...Singh''s daring illustrations will appeal to older children eager to leave the world of candy-colored cuteness behind."
—New Yorker

"At last, the legend of the brave, if peculiar, companions who set out to bag a snark (arming themselves "with forks and with hope") gets lavish treatment from [Mahendra] Singh....These may be the fittest illustrations ever created for Carroll''s distinctively Victorian nonsense concoctions."
—Laura Miller, Salon

"[C]hallenging and delightful."
—Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness


"It is not children who ought to read the words of Lewis Carroll."
—G.K. Chesterton

"Singh''s black-and-white surrealistic treatment of Carroll''s classic poem is perfect...takes the ideology of Carroll''s nonsense to new visual levels. Far beyond a simplistic, literal depiction of the poem, each panel is thoughtfully created, filled with puzzles, jokes, and allusions."
—Library Journal