Synopses & Reviews
The Hunting of the Snark, Lewis Carroll's classic masterpiece of nonsense verse, takes the reader on a wonderfully witty and inventive hunt for the ever-elusive Snark. The tantalizing mysteries of the poem are here perfectly matched in these brilliant new illustrations by artist Mahendra Singh, who has created a visual treasure hunt, full of riddles, puns, and allusions.
When asked what his poem meant, Carroll would always reply that he did not know. But, on one occasion, he did write to friends that perhaps ...the whole book is an allegory on the search for happiness.
To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope,
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap
In 1959 Tove Jansson, the creator of Moomin Valley and its magical inhabitants, illustrated a Swedish edition of Lewis Carrolls The Hunting of the Snark. It proved an inspired choice, as the enigmatic charms of Janssons illustrative style bring to life the beauty and strangeness of Carrolls tale. Remarkably, amid the success of Tove Jannsons Moomin books, her unique edition of The Hunting of the Snark was forgotten for over 50 years. Now, for the first time, these beautiful illustrations are matched with Carrolls original English text, so that readers can encounter this wonderful adventure afresh.
About the Author
The author of Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) is the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001) is most famous for her much-loved Moomin characters, featured in one of the most successful childrens book series of all time, which has been translated into over 40 languages.