The Hunting of the Snark (Paperback)

By Lewis Carroll

Prince Classics, 9789389437928, 56pp.

Publication Date: July 31, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/18/2019)
Paperback (3/11/2016)
Paperback (3/27/2016)
Paperback (2/1/2010)
Hardcover (11/13/2018)
Paperback (2/4/2009)
Paperback (9/3/2019)
Paperback (7/19/2015)
Hardcover (8/21/2015)
Paperback (5/8/2015)
Paperback (1/4/2020)
Paperback (7/18/2019)
Paperback (8/30/2012)
Paperback (4/22/2014)
Paperback (10/17/2018)
Paperback (7/17/2016)
Paperback (11/13/2018)
Paperback (7/12/2016)

List Price: 12.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

After crossing the sea guided by the Bellman's map of the Ocean--a blank sheet of paper--the hunting party arrive in a strange land, and the Bellman tells them the five signs by which a Snark can be identified. The Bellman warns them that some Snarks are highly dangerous Boojums; on hearing this, the Baker faints. Once revived, the Baker recalls that his uncle warned him that if the Snark turns out to be a Boojum, the hunter will "softly and suddenly vanish away, and never be met with again." The Baker confesses that this possibility terrifies him.

The hunt begins:

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.

Along the way, the Butcher and Beaver, previously mutually wary, become fast friends after the Butcher gives the beaver a lesson on maths and zoology. The Barrister, meanwhile, sleeps, and dreams of witnessing a court trial of a pig accused of deserting its sty.

During the hunt, the Banker is attacked by a bandersnatch, and loses his sanity after trying to bribe the creature.

The Baker rushes ahead of the party, and calls out that he has found a snark, but when the others arrive, he has mysteriously disappeared, leading the narrator to explain: "For the Snark was a Boojum, you see."