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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 December 2011
The Hunting of the Snark is wonderful. This version, not so much.

It 'borrows' its cover from The Annotated Hunting of the Snark, and while you should already know you're not getting that (excellent) version, you might at least expect that the illustrations would be those done by Henry Holiday for the original edition of Snark.

Instead, this compiler seems to have grabbed some pictures from various editions - presumably downloaded from the net - and cut and pasted them in, unchecked - there appears to be an error with one of them, which just appears as a black rectangle on my Kindle. The result is... well, just utterly awful. Even if this were free, it would be a bad 'buy'.

It's a pity that so many Kindle versions are of such inferior quality. If you DO want 'The Hunting of the Snark' for your Kindle, the best one to go for is probablyThe Hunting of the Snark: An Agony of Eight Fits With Nine Illustrations by Henry Holiday (With Active Table of Contents). This one at least DOES have the original illustrations.
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on 10 September 2011
At last Tove Jansson is being recognised as more than a writer of cute children's stories. It is wonderful to see this book reprinted, but to be honest I don't think it will have much appeal to you unless you are a keen Jansson fan - although there are a lot of us about. The story itself is pleasant enough, but it it is for the illustrations that most people will but this book. Jansson's work is wonderful, simple black and white woodcut-like drawings, and you can identify plenty of Moomin-style figures. Unfortunately, this is not a long book and the drawings are small, so you end up wishing that Jansson had done far more than she had room for.
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on 16 December 2012
I'm here, not because of the odd poem 'The Hunting of the Snark' but because of Tove 'Moomin' Jansson's wonderful illustrations.

Jansson's illustrations were first published back in 1959. They are simple pen and ink drawings and successfully capture the odd essence of Carroll's poem. This curio is a must have for any Jansson or Moomin fan.

Some years later, Jansson was commissioned again to illustrate a Swedish translation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1966.

5 stars for Tove!!! (I'd give 2 stars for Lewis, sorry, but I'm not here for him!)

Oh, it's good the reviews for the Jansson illustrated edition of 'The Hunting of the Snark' are separated according to illustration, especially when it is abundantly clear. Unfortunately, reviews for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' are not!
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VINE VOICEon 14 July 2013
This is a great nonsensical tale that probably will need an annotated version to make sense. Not of the purpose as that is in the title. But of the few words that are real but archaic. In any sense this is a fun read. I want to believe it holds some profound secret other than just a play on words.

"They sought it with Thimbles, they sot it with care;

They threatened its life with forks and hope;

They threatened its life with a railway-share;

They charmed it with smiles and soap."

You will want to re-read "The Hunting of the Snark an Agony, in Eight Fits" (1876) and see with other allegorical nonsense you missed.

The Annotated Hunting of the Snark (The Annotated Books)
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on 3 September 2014
Tove Jansson's quirky drawing style is a great fit for Carroll's Snark. I'm delighted I could finally get a copy of this book.
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on 29 October 2014
Excellent book to add to my collection, a true master piece.
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on 30 April 2016
excellent product, very pleased with seller
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on 15 August 2014
Lovely and exciting book.
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on 19 December 2015
all as described
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on 7 August 2014
All good!
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