The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits

Overview

A masterpiece of nonsensical verse by the enigmatic author of Alice In Wonderland inspired by the serendipitous line "For the Snark was a Boojum, you see", which Lewis Carroll claimed occurred to him while on a stroll one day. The adventures of a motley crew in search of an elusive prey, The Hunting Of The Snark is a fantasy that sails along on magical language, surreal images, and an undercurrent of sly humor.
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Overview

A masterpiece of nonsensical verse by the enigmatic author of Alice In Wonderland inspired by the serendipitous line "For the Snark was a Boojum, you see", which Lewis Carroll claimed occurred to him while on a stroll one day. The adventures of a motley crew in search of an elusive prey, The Hunting Of The Snark is a fantasy that sails along on magical language, surreal images, and an undercurrent of sly humor.
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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times

“With the release of this gorgeous facsimile edition, readers today can experience the poem just as Victorian readers did. This story of a chaotic quest is a delight in any format, but here, bound in a vivid red-and-gold cover, the poem isn’t the only work of art, the book is too.”
New City

“A fabulous poem—hilarity and wit,
a balance of pleasure and peril,
was writ by none other, in piqué or in fit,
than the beloved Lewis Carroll.
 
A reproduction more lovingly made has doubtful ever been seen.
Imprinted with gold of the highest grade,
Most households will need seventeen.”
From the Publisher
 “…Oleg Lipchenko’s style seems perfectly suited to Carroll’s thoroughly Victoria brand of literary psychedelia … kids will get sucked in by the visuals alone. Best of all, his images provide enough fodder to inspire a hundred alternate stories.”
Quill & Quire

“…Past editions of this nonsense classic have been illustrated with woodcut prints, pen-and-ink drawings, and in a graphic-novel format, and now with Lipchenko’s detailed drawings. His art creates a dream landscape that mirrors the elusive text and sustains one’s sense of an impending snark attack. This is a “gift book and a collector’s edition,” but with the push to read more rigorous texts, teachers might appreciate finding the elusive snark in the library.”
—School Library Journal

“Lewis Carroll's epic nonsense poem is presented in all of its unabridged, bewildering glory…. Oleg Lipchenko's outstanding charcoal illustrations interpret the verse for a new generation. The pages are luxuriously detailed, and there's lots to pore over…. The sepia tones in the illustrations evoke a dark, brooding atmosphere … children and the adults in their lives will all enjoy the marvelously odd characters and every curious word.”
—Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

VOYA - Bethany Martin
After being awarded IBBY Canada's Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award in 2009 for his illustrations of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (Tundra, 2009), Lipchencko turns his attention to Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem about a group of unlikely companions searching for a creature known as a snark. Lipchenko's meticulous drawings portray both the whimsical and grotesque aspects of Carroll's poem. He makes effective use of color in his monochrome drawings. The volume starts with drawings in yellows and browns, as if the reader is looking back fondly on a past adventure. The color of the illustrations becomes darker as the story darkens and the material being illustrated turns from tales of an odd collection of sailors and unexpected friendship among enemies to insanity and unexplained disappearance. Throughout the poem, black and white, as opposed to sepia, are used to indicate references to the snark, highlighting the fear of the unknown creature. This finely illustrated volume can be used to support curriculum in both English language arts and visual arts classes. It would make a good read-aloud choice and can be recommend to fans of both Lewis Carroll and humorous and nonsense poetry by such authors as Shel Silverstein and Jack Pretlusky who are looking for darker material. Reviewer: Bethany Martin
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Carroll's poem of preposterous adventure is filled with ridiculous characters and word play set in rhyme. The Bellman lands his crew of a Boots, a Barrister, a Broker, a Billiard-marker, a Banker, a completely unskilled Baker and Butcher, and a lace-weaving Beaver. Their goal is to hunt a Snark, a strange creature described by the Bellman. When he notes that some are Boojums, the Baker faints. Waking, he tells that he has been warned that if he meets a Boojum he will vanish away. The absurd actions of the characters continue as they prepare for the hunt. The sound of the Jubjub leads to mathematical calculations and nonsensical descriptions. One "Fit" is the Barrister's dream of a court case including the Snark. In another, the Banker is grabbed by a Bandersnatch. The final discovery of the Snark, who was a Boojum, brings the hunt to an end. The language and appearance of the naturalistic characters are very much 19th century; each is a definite individual. Produced with grainy brown monochrome accented with elaborate black details, the setting add active mystery. The jacket depicts a formal picture of the cast as if posing for a photograph. The cover includes close-ups of a half dozen of them, including a spectacular anthropomorphic Beaver weaving lace. Lipchenko's comic imagination is an appropriate accompaniment to Carroll's verbal sport. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Told in "eight fits" of multiple stanzas with perfectly crafted quatrains, the meaning of this hunt for the snark, although a nonsense tale, will continue to intrigue readers. In "Fit the First," the crew has landed: "'Just the place for Snark!' the Bellman cried,/As he landed his crew with care;/Supporting each man on top of the tide/By a finger entwined in his hair." The unabridged text just begs to be read aloud. The characters include a lace-making beaver, "A maker of Bonnets and hoods," a barrister, and "a broker to value their goods." Past editions of this nonsense classic have been illustrated with woodcut prints, pen-and-ink drawings, and in a graphic-novel format, and now with Lipchenko's detailed drawings. His art creates a dream landscape that mirrors the elusive text and sustains one's sense of an impending snark attack. This is a "gift book and a collector's edition," but with the push to read more rigorous texts, teachers might appreciate finding the elusive snark in the library.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781502984760
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/25/2014
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 464,014
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–98), known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, philosopher, and writer.

Biography

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was a man of diverse interests -- in mathematics, logic, photgraphy, art, theater, religion, medicine, and science. He was happiest in the company of children for whom he created puzzles, clever games, and charming letters.

As all Carroll admirers know, his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), became an immediate success and has since been translated into more than eighty languages. The equally popular sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, was published in 1872.

The Alice books are but one example of his wide ranging authorship. The Hunting of the Snark, a classic nonsense epic (1876) and Euclid and His Modern Rivals, a rare example of humorous work concerning mathematics, still entice and intrigue today's students. Sylvie and Bruno, published toward the end of his life contains startling ideas including an 1889 description of weightlessness.

The humor, sparkling wit and genius of this Victorian Englishman have lasted for more than a century. His books are among the most quoted works in the English language, and his influence (with that of his illustrator, Sir John Tenniel) can be seen everywhere, from the world of advertising to that of atomic physics.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 27, 1832
    2. Place of Birth:
      Daresbury, Cheshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 14, 1898
    2. Place of Death:
      Guildford, Surrey, England

Table of Contents

Preface

Fit I. The Landing

Fit II. The Bellman’s Speech

Fit III. The Baker’s Tale

Fit IV. The Hunting

Fit V. The Beaver’s Lesson

Fit VI. The Barrister’s Dream

Fit VII. The Banker’s Fate

Fit VIII. The Vanishing

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