The Hunting of the Snark (英语) 精装 – 2010年11月2日
"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."
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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The artist Mahendra Singh, was in charge of the Alice Society and illustrated my book ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF HELL.
This is a book I read often after visiting my medication dispensary.
Perhaps the strangest thing with Carroll is his consistency. He makes a bizarre statement that you think has no relevance to the story whatsoever, and then it ends up being referenced constantly in the remainder of the poem.
I would also recommend this to any writer suffering from "taking-oneself-too-seriously syndrome". This poem will knock it right out of you.
I have always loved Lewis Carroll's nonsense, both the prose and the poetry and The Hunting of the Snark is one of the best long nonsense poems there is.
This edition is excellently illustrated by Mahendra Singh with pen and ink drawings of the important parts of the story. There is a drawing for most verses that interprets the ideas of the verse, or verses, that it accompanies.
The only problem with this excellent edition is with the lack of page breaks in the main text. This results in some of the smaller pictures appearing on different pages to their associated texts, it would be better if they were on the same page. Apart from this one minor imperfection this is an excellent edition.