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Hunting of the Snark, The (Graphic Novel) [Hardcover]

Mahendra Singh Lewis Carroll
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18 Nov 2010 Graphic Novel
Composed in heroic couplets and full of riddles, puns and mysteries, Carroll's darkest nonsense poem has famously been said to describe 'with infinite humour the impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature'. A crew of 10 members, all beginning with the letter 'B' cross the ocean in search of the elusive 'snark' - guided by a blank piece of paper they use as a map. Now, in a labour of love, illustrator and long-standing Carroll fan Mahendra Singh has given his own, graphic novel rendition of this classic.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: MELVILLE HOUSE PUBLISHING; 1st edition (18 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935554247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935554240
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 17.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 952,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lewis Carroll was the pen-name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Born in 1832, he was educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was appointed lecturer in mathematics in 1855, and where he spent the rest of his life. In 1861 he took deacon's orders, but shyness and a constitutional stammer prevented him from seeking the priesthood. He never married, but was very fond of children and spent much time with them. His most famous works, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1872), were originally written for Alice Liddell, the daughter of the dean of his college. Charles Dodgson died of bronchitis in 1898. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this edition 8 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Avoid this free Kindle edition (ASIN B004TQJKEI) especially if you don't know the poem - every so often there's an extra line in a verse that doesn't rhyme or scan and it took me ages to figure out that they must be the captions for the illustrations which aren't actually there (despite an illustrator being credited).

Find a better edition as it's a great narrative poem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easter Greeting 27 Feb 2010
By GK
Format:Paperback
Of course Lewis Carroll's, Henry Holiday's and Joseph Swain's "The Hunting of the Snark" deserves five stars. But without the "Easter Greeting" one star goes. Lewis Carroll made quite some effort to insert that greeting into the already printed 1st edition of the book:

EASTER GREETING

DEAR CHILD,

Please to fancy, if you can, that you are reading a real letter, from a real friend whom you have seen, and whose voice you can seem to yourself to hear wishing you, as I do now with all my heart, a happy Easter.

Do you know that delicious dreamy feeling when one first wakes on a summer morning, with the twitter of birds in the air, and the fresh breeze coming in at the open window--when, lying lazily with eyes half shut, one sees as in a dream green boughs waving, or waters rippling in a golden light? It is a pleasure very near to sadness, bringing tears to one's eyes like a beautiful picture or poem. And is not that a Mother's gentle hand that undraws your curtains, and a Mother's sweet voice that summons you to rise? To rise and forget, in the bright sunlight, the ugly dreams that frightened you so when all was dark--to rise and enjoy another happy day, first kneeling to thank that unseen Friend, who sends you the beautiful sun?

Are these strange words from a writer of such tales as "Alice"? And is this a strange letter to find in a book of nonsense? It may be so. Some perhaps may blame me for thus mixing together things grave and gay; others may smile and think it odd that any one should speak of solemn things at all, except in church and on a Sunday: but I think--nay, I am sure--that some children will read this gently and lovingly, and in the spirit in which I have written it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 17 May 2012
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I must admit that I can't ever remember reading this before, but after watching 'Lewis' last night I thought I would see if there was a free copy on this site. There is another copy also in the kindle popular classics store, but I could only find one review for the kindle version, all the others being cross posted from tree book versions. That review indicated that there were problems with the text, so I decided to download this version instead.

As far as I am aware all of it is here with no problems as such, but of course as I am not familiar with this particular poem, others may pick up on mistakes, etc. I know that there are all sorts of theories and ideas surrounding this poem, including even if it was written for children, but I think that Lewis Carroll himself would have said that if you see something it it, then good, if you don't, then that's just as good as well.

Whether there is some sort of puzzle or other hidden meaning in this, then let people believe it is so, personally I see here a very funny nonsense poem that had me laughing out loud. After all, what is this about?, but a very unusual crew looking for something that they don't really know what it looks like. Improbable, impossible, and highly unlikely, this is a great poem to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embark upon this fantastical, madcap expedition! 10 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This weird and wonderful poem follows a journey only Lewis Carroll could have concocted. The elaborate drawings of Mervyn Peake serve to bring the whole strange event to life. It merits the five stars through the delicately depicted characters who appear on each page, loping and creeping from Peake's ink-pot. It is a creation from a unique collaboration never again to grace the printed page. Capture it before it disappears in to the mists of lost imaginations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the art of "nonsense". 28 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One would have thought that it would be impossible for Carroll to rival the beauty and dream-like quality of "Alice in wonderland", yet this poem is much better than the much-acclaimed novel. It propels us into a magical and wonderful world, where we travel, guided by the bell-man, going nowhere in particular, just hunting for the snark. The poem contains good insights into human nature, as for example the final friendship of the two ennemies under a common danger. The style is as usual exquisitely beautiful, full of inner music.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic in every sense of the word 6 Feb 2001
Format:Paperback
My Wife bought me this as a present and I have to say, of all the things I have been given this is one of the most precious.
Although I read it to myself I am most looking forward to reading it to my Son. It's an ideal length for a short bedtime story but also long enough for you to be able to put some effort into it and create a bit of an atmosphere.
It's full of great little characters, each with their own peculiar personality and soul. The poem flows well with great rhythm and gives the reader a chance to disappear for a quarter of an hour or so into Carroll's bizarre little world.
I have a 1928 edition of the book and I hope it stays in print for another eighty odd years as well. The Snark contains something for everyone, no matter what the age, a subtle blend of humour, nonsense and poetry at its absolute best.
If my house were to catch fire and I had time to only snatch a few things from the flames it would be my Wife and Son, along with a very old, well used copy of a Book of a Thousand Poems and this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome
Love it. Total gobbledygook but just a fun read. Will be buying a hardback version very soon as an electronic one isn't enough
Published 1 month ago by BaronHawkey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Snark.
Great poster, well printed and is up on the wall. Bought a nice frame to put it in and visitors find it amusing.
Published 2 months ago by Ian Fraser Snape
2.0 out of 5 stars Gibberish
Supposed to be some sort of a code contained in this...If there is it's about as easy to crack as the Voynich Manuscript so the whole this is a con. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Delzx7r
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic
Lewis Carroll's masterpiece - flawlessly written, brilliant to read aloud. The only thing that improves upon the text of the poem is the annotated edition by Martin Gardner.
Published 4 months ago by Dr Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I only read this book because of the strong references in a 'Lewis' I was watching last night. I was pleasantly surprised by it's eloquence.
Published 4 months ago by Victoria Sandwich
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Found it rather strange even though I had expected it to be difficult to read. But it was definitely my kind of poem, as it had rhyme to it. Quite enjoyed it.x
Published 6 months ago by Teresa Riddiough
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunting of Carol's third masterpiece
The most joyful fits you'll ever come upon. Each character is given their own platform to contribute to this allegorical trail. Make of it what you will
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Published 12 months ago by Ron McNab
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Boojum
It is years since I read this as a book, and a download to my Nook refreshed my fond memory of the ode!
Published 14 months ago by N. E. Bowker
3.0 out of 5 stars \Fair to middling
Poor layout is usable but not easy to follow.
A well known tale which everyone should read once - but now I will delete it as I don't think it is worth re-reading.
Published 15 months ago by Cadfan Country
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb weird rare item for Kindle fans
Placed this amongst my teen daughter's collection of gothic fantasy works without complaint. It made me nostalgic for my own copy which had actually caught some disgusting... Read more
Published 15 months ago by dontaskpcandy
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