Download The Hunting of the Snark Audiobook

The Hunting of the Snark Audiobook, by Lewis Carroll Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Lewis Carroll Narrator: Pierre Moreau Publisher: Author's Republic Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9781982704070
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,783 ratings) (rate this audio book)
Regular Price: $15.95 Add to Cart
— or —
BEST PRICE!
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

"The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits)" is a poem written by English writer Lewis Carroll. It is typically categorised as a nonsense poem. Written from 1874 to 1876, the poem borrows the setting, some creatures, and eight portmanteau words from Carroll's earlier poem "Jabberwocky" in his children's novel "Through the Looking Glass" (1871).

As for the word "Snark", Carroll did not give it any meaning. The word "snarking" had been used in 1866 to describe a sound.

Henry Holiday, the illustrator of the poem, thought of it as a "tragedy".

The plot follows a crew of ten trying to hunt the Snark, an animal which may turn out to be a highly dangerous Boojum. The only one of the crew to find the Snark quickly vanishes, leading the narrator to explain that it was a Boojum after all. The poem is dedicated to young Gertrude Chataway, whom Carroll met at the English seaside town Sandown in the Isle of Wight in 1875. Included with many copies of the first edition of the poem was Carroll's religious tract, "An Easter Greeting to Every Child Who Loves 'Alice'".

"The Hunting of the Snark" was published by Macmillan in the United Kingdom in late March 1876, with illustrations by Henry Holiday. It had mixed reviews from reviewers who found it strange. The first printing of "The Hunting of the Snark" consisted of 10,000 copies. There were two reprintings by the conclusion of the year; in total, the poem was reprinted 17 times between 1876 and 1908. Carroll often denied knowing the meaning behind the poem; however, in an 1896 reply to one letter, he agreed with one interpretation of the poem as an allegory for the search for happiness. Scholars have found various meanings in the poem, among them existential angst, an allegory for tuberculosis, and a mockery of the Tichborne case. "The Hunting of the Snark" has been alluded to in various works and has been adapted for musicals, opera, plays, and music. Download and start listening now!

BK_SLND_000023

Listener Reviews

Write a Review
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pjr | 2/20/2014

    " good old classic - fun - still am pondering the meaning, it is like Waiting for Godot, depending on one's age, it means different things - also fun as my youngest was reading a book in which a boat was named the Snark so naturally we had to re-visit Carroll "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/30/2014

    " This is my all time favorite book/nonsense poem. Me and my dad used to read it every fall together, it is forever the best of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Varmint | 1/29/2014

    " holiday's illustrations make this the edition to have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ynda | 1/27/2014

    " This was very interesting, indeed! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 1/26/2014

    " Review of the 2010 edition from Melville House with illustrations by Mehendra Singh: Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 1/25/2014

    " A truly exquisite poem. Lewis Carroll's masterpieces have too long languished under the oppressive title of "children's literature." This absurd, hilarious, hypnotic, and even disquieting poem deserves to stand alongside any of the other great poetical triumphs of the Nineteenth century, or any other century for that matter. To fully appreciate its majestic use of language and wordplay, try chanting it aloud to yourself while you read or learn some stanzas to recite. It is then that one can truly appreciate that The Hunting of the Snark is one of the great extended poems of the English language, on par with (I would even argue it's superior to) Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T | 1/25/2014

    " I never thought that I'd enjoy reading so much a seemingly nonsensical poetry. It was just yesterday I finished reading it the first time and today I've started to read it again. This time read out loud - it's even better. Oh, and take the time to admire the beautiful illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/20/2014

    " Amusing epic nonsense poem. Not quite as endearing or nonsensical as "Jabberwocky" or "The Walrus and the Carpenter", but a good read if you can find it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 StephenEmily | 12/16/2013

    " This is a fantastically fun book, and I would recommend it to anybody who has enjoyed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass or any other story by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). It's a short narrative poem, and worth the the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Landon | 11/17/2013

    " What I say three times is true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 11/13/2013

    " Well, I liked the graphic novel bit with this, as it made me slow down as I read the poem. The graphics were odd, but the artist did explain it in the back. Wish I'd read that first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 10/28/2013

    " A series of bad dreams strung together with madeup words that had always had me wondering since I was a child about where they came from.Now I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 10/23/2013

    " This is a fun silly poem, much like jabberwocky, but longer and more of a story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DavidO | 9/12/2013

    " This book has the sense of humor of the Alice stories, but in a rhyme format. The poetry was good enough, but I didn't find any of it all that funny. I thought it was a bit predictable and boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 8/21/2013

    " Not to be missed if you are a Lewis Carroll fan. The extensive notes by the late Martin Gardner are a joy and a revelation. Wonderful original illustrations by Henry Holiday, a bibliography and scholarly commentaries make this the best edition of Snark ever published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.J. | 4/29/2013

    " short, silly, confusing, interesting. I liked it but I won't pretend to understand it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrick | 12/16/2012

    " Very interesting. His descriptions of people are so brief, yet so thorough. His nonsense poems are brilliant, and are indeed written wonderfully.A must read for any fan of poetry, or Lewis Carroll. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/9/2012

    " Not quite as good as the Alice books. I do love the beginning because it is such an interesting thing to criticize one's own's works but to do it by pointing out one line. Its interesting how Snark has made its way into our modern vernacular. Too bad Boojum didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 10/10/2012

    " A wonderful poem by Lewis Carrol! He is a master of words, everything just fit so well and made up words seemed to have actual definitions. The whole poem was read in my head in a sing-song kind of tone, which made it even more fun to read! A quick enjoyable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peppers | 9/30/2012

    " Quite an awesome nonsense, narrative poem from Carroll. I love Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky, but this is underrated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norman | 9/24/2012

    " Wonderful insight and historical background of one of the most famous poems ever published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 3/16/2012

    " Singh's surrealist take on Carroll is a match made in heaven. I'll never be able to read The Hunting of the Snark again without having his images in the back of my mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hamish | 2/1/2012

    " different. it was mentioned on a TV program - they said it was weird - they were right "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jc | 1/14/2012

    " Few wrote nonsense like Lewis Carroll, and few annotated Carroll like Gardner. A quick fun bit of poetry that is wasted on children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marii | 12/3/2011

    " Weird, nonsense and yet completely adorable. This was a pleasant surprise! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/29/2011

    " A phenomenal book. If the poem itself isn't enough, the Surrealist-inspired drawings bring a whole new dimension to the eight fits. Both Carroll's clever preface and the illustrator's afterword bring amusing and informative context. Love love love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dylan | 3/28/2011

    " A wonderful poem by Lewis Carrol! He is a master of words, everything just fit so well and made up words seemed to have actual definitions. The whole poem was read in my head in a sing-song kind of tone, which made it even more fun to read! A quick enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrick | 3/12/2011

    " Very interesting. His descriptions of people are so brief, yet so thorough. His nonsense poems are brilliant, and are indeed written wonderfully.A must read for any fan of poetry, or Lewis Carroll. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johanna | 2/11/2011

    " It is the outright nonsensical humor of Lewis Caroll's works that makes them so compelling to read. I always end up in a much better mood after reading his works than before I began. A true classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mommalibrarian | 1/8/2011

    " "Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
    That alone should encourage the crew.
    Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
    What I tell you three times is true."
    - - - -
    Still a powerful notion; re. elections "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 12/3/2010

    " Review of the 2010 edition from Melville House with illustrations by Mehendra Singh: Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tj | 7/31/2010

    " short, silly, confusing, interesting. I liked it but I won't pretend to understand it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 7/6/2010

    " Poetry of the best nonsense kind. I expect I will "softly and suddenly vanish away" before I completely understand it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 4/16/2010

    " Not this particular edition (which is cooler than the first one I read). I c9ollected various Carroll editions, so actually, I don't know which one I fell in love with first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peppers | 3/15/2010

    " Quite an awesome nonsense, narrative poem from Carroll. I love Alice in Wonderland and Jabberwocky, but this is underrated. "

About the Author

Author Lewis Carroll

Harlan Ellison (1934–2018) wrote and edited more than 120 books and more than 1,700 stories, essays, and articles, as well as dozens of screenplays and teleplays. He won the Hugo award nine times, the Nebula award three times, the Bram Stoker award six times (including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), the Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, the Georges Méliès Fantasy Film Award twice, and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by PEN, the international writer’s union. He was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2006.