- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Melville House (Nov. 2 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935554247
- ISBN-13: 978-1935554240
- Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.2 x 26.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 369 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,821,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hunting of the Snark Hardcover – Nov 2 2010
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"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
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That in itself isn’t the funny part. The funny part is that the first novel didn’t match up at all to what I remember reading when I was younger. The novel I remembered was only slightly different than the 1939 movie, but the novel I recently finished had more differences than I could count. Now, it’s possible there’s another version of the novel out there, but I’m pretty sure the problem lies more with my memory than anything else.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of those timeless books that appeals to children and adults alike. And I can honestly say that I completely understand the appeal.
Dorothy and her companions have one of the strongest friendships in literary history. They’re willing to help each other, even if it means, at times, risking their lives in the process.
I also really enjoyed reading about their adventures. Everything from their short time in china town to their days spent in the Emerald City was interesting, and I can’t help admiring Baum’s creativity.
If you haven’t read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz yet, I recommend you do so. And if you read it when you were young, then I recommend reading it again. Because it’s possible that, like me, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world you don’t remember ever having been introduced to.
Oooooh I love this! The story itself (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) is my favourite book of all time. I hadn't read Through the Looking-Glass until purchasing this edition. That story is okay, but not as good as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The BEST thing about this book (no, it's not the adorable, textured cover or the fact that you can see it on Mindy's office bookshelf in the Mindy Project!) is that it includes bonus content! There are endnotes on many parts of the story, giving more context or interesting facts about the book! I love this aspect! I'm trying to figure out if all the hardcover penguin classics have this bonus content. It's simply wonderful. I very much enjoyed reading all the interesting tidbits. The tidbits themselves are also VERY well written. Simply wonderful.
The book also features Alice's Adventures Under Ground, an earlier version of the classic story, as well as a ribbon bookmark built into the book. If you are an Alice fan, you simply must own this book!
NOTE: Be careful if you decide to take the sticker off the back - when I did it, some of the beautiful pink paint came off with the sticker.
A wonderful addition to her library.
I was happy to have read the whole of it though. Very reasonable price on the set.
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