Monday, 21 November 2011
Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark. Illustrated by Mahendra Singh (2011)
My Monday book recommendation is this extraordinary rendering of Carroll's Snark into an illustrated volume of great beauty and delight, by my friend the Canadian illustrator Mahendra Singh (not the cricketer). You can get a sense of Singh's visual style, part Henry Holiday, part Ernst-y or Dali-y, part his own unique thing, from his blog, where many of the images were first posted. It strikes me as brilliantly suited to the source material: a forkish and hopeful visual idiom. But great though the blog is, you'll want to own the book itself, in all its large-format loveliness; and there's a list of ways you can buy it, here.