The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits

The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits✬ [PDF] ✓ The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits By Lewis Carroll ✹ – This Centennial Edition is newly annotated by Martin Gardner author of The Annotated Alice and also represents the first collected trade edition of all of Holiday's original sketches and drawings for This Centennial of the PDF ✓ Edition is newly annotated by Martin Gardner author of The Annotated Alice and also represents the first collected trade edition of all of Holiday's original sketches and drawings for this Lewis Carroll classic It is further augmented and enhanced by a complete facsimile of the first edition a special essay about Holiday and his designs by Dr Charles Mitchell and a bibliography of all editions of The Hunting of the Snark by Dr Selwyn H The Hunting PDF \ Goodacre. Absolute nonsense which is to be expected with Carroll I love how his writing brings me back to being a kid again Obviously loved it You must read this book the Reviewer criedAs he searched for a suitable rhymeBut as long as he stole than half of the wordsHe was sure he would get there in timeThe rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons Well I gave TV a chance today However I found Titanic Terminator 3 reality shows and other stuff so those aren't real options for me I have no sitcoms to watch right now Although I'm kind of tired of watching the same sitcomstv series all the time There's nothing new now Once Upon a Time is on so that's a good background sound What to do on a Saturday afternoon? Yes Let's find something out of the ordinary to read And what did I find? A brilliant typical Carroll nonsense poem I loved it Such a uniue and fascinating work full of wit mystery and absurdity A bunch of weird men go to find an even weirder creature called Snark Among those men we have a Bellman a Boots a Barrister a Broker a Beaver a Butcher who only can kill beavers and even a guy who forgot his name He would answer to Hi or to any loud cry Such as Fry me or Fritter my wig To What you may call um or What was his name But especially Thing um a jigWell I think it's funny don't judge me It's also amusing the way the Snark it's described It seems we may have met a couple of Snarks in our livesThe third is its slowness in taking a jest Should you happen to venture on one It will sigh like a thing that is deeply distressed And it always looks grave at a punI know I didAnyway after reading this poem it has beautiful illustrations too I started to search for meanings a classic “What the hell did I just read?” kind of uestions So this journey doesn't end with the last verseThere are a couple of references from another poem written by Carroll Jabberwocky published in his novel Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There which I read years ago I re read it and it made me want to read the whole novel again And no there's no shame in that 'Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again' another Lewis said I never stopped reading those anywayJan 11 14 Also on my blog The hunting of the snark is something that ideally should definitely be devoured in one sitting This poem is a poem made of wit but at the same time it's pure nonsense But the nonsense I think is what makes it so damn goodI am a huge Alice in wonderland fan but I had never gotten round to reading this The poem is split into eight parts and is titled An agony in eight fits Now the title is attractive in itself regardless of the contents Only Lewis Carroll would use such a title The verses and the rhymes certainly captivate the deliciousness of the imagination if one will let it I am that woman that as a child used to have The Jabberwocky read as a bedtime story who adores disappearing grinning cats and truly really wants to jump down a rabbit hole Yes seriously I do Another book I picked up at the Tate last week in Liverpool More of the Tove Jansson nostalgic illustrations and a beautiful edition which sat happily in my hands last night as I read it aloud in bed Thank God i live alone The wonderful tumble of Carroll's rythmic pulsing verse is such fun to burble out and some of the verses made me smile out loud'He thought of his childhood left far far behind That blissful and innocent state The sound so exactly recalled to his mindA pencil that sueaks on a slate'or 'the method employed I would gladly explainwhile i have it so clear in my headIf i had but the time and you had but the brain But much yet remains to be said'Pure nonsense poetry would not satisfy me for a very long time but then it is never supposed to but this is a fun stopping off point between books of mind taxing sense or genuine sadness Lewis Carroll doesn't really need an introduction Having brought us the fantastic world of Alice in Wonderland and its seuel he is not only one of the most well known authors of classic children's literature but must have been one of the most inventive and imaginative people on the planetApart from his novels he also wrote this poem I must admit to not having known about it It was during my visit to Munich where I met Chris Riddell that I found out about The Hunting of the Snark since this pretty little edition was illustrated by the Children's Laureate his publisher Macmillan has been Carroll's publisher so I think that is how this project came about and some of the illustrations were shown in MunichThe poem is about a merry and very uirky band of people hunting for the elusive Snark They sought it with thimbles they sought it with care;They persued it with forks and hope;They threatened its life with a railway share;They charmed it with smiles and soap They aren't really euipped for the job there's lots of silliness and downright nonsense signature Carroll but all in good fun and beautiful rhymes After seven fits we come to a somewhat abrupt and weird endingBut that's the greatest thing about Carroll there is no limit to one's imagination and he wants you to use it ALLAs Dr Seuss once said “I like nonsense it wakes up the brain cells” This poem definitely does just that with all the different characters places and ideas that were mixed together here Great poem but the illustrator is a debauched discombubulated fool whose asemic scribblings and ink blottings cannot stand up to even the most puerile graphical ravings of a den of opium besotted thuggees or even the currently uber hip artiste visually polluting the cover of the New Yorker Which ever one's worst that's the one that this artist is worserer thanFrankly I think there's something funny about the whole business and I wouldn't be surprised if there's prison time andor stiff financial penalties comin' down the pike for a certain someone The rhyme and verse are very pleasing I like LC with his wide grinning cats that disappear jabberwocky bandersnatch and all and so now it is on to this mysterious creature I had to reread the last part a few times but it seems this creature has a special ability not mentioned Some are perfectly safe in its company and some are not Five stars for both content Lewis Carroll's sublimely weird nonsense epic about an ill fated hunting mission by a group of bizarre characters and edition which contains Martin Gardner's playfully brilliant introduction extensive annotations and appendices Carroll says of his eight fits of Snarkdom that there is no real symbolism the Snark is just a Snark Or precisely a Boojum Numerous scholars have pooh poohed this arguing that no Victorian writer can understand how he is influenced by his time insisting that the Snark hunt is an analog for any number of human journeys that ultimately end in ruin eg seeking material wealth or advanced social position life in general And Gardner gives their arguments due consideration including a discursively hilarious parody of Snarxist academia in an appendix But my favorite theory has to be Gardner's that the Snark to contemporary readers most closely represents existential nonbeing not so much because I agree with it but because it perfectly captures the zeitgeist of 1962 when the world was one thumb on a button away from nuclear annihilation or softly and suddenly vanishing away not to be met with again The annotations also offer good intellectual chills throughout Gardner's edition is a must for any Carroll Lover Well that was entertaining I’m sure there is a lot of subtext that I’m missing but just the perfect rhyming verses were fun to read Not as many nonsense words as Jabberwocky but a similarly silly poem

The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits PDF
  • Hardcover
  • 129 pages
  • The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits
  • Lewis Carroll
  • English
  • 12 December 2016
  • 9780913232361