The blurb on the back:
What the press said about Terry Gilliam's film of Jabberwocky:
Many of the writers featured on this site don't turn up too much on the 'Net (which is why they're here, of course), but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Ralph Hoover was a pseudonym used by American writer Paul Spike and, because of the Monty Python association, someone took the trouble to track him down and ask about this book. There's a link to the interview at the bottom of this page and you should have a look at it, because it tells you all the stuff that I'm not going to repeat here.
So, briefly, Jabberwocky was Terry Gilliam's first film as director beyond the confines of Python, following on from the Holy Grail movie and drawing on the same interest in medieval England. It was inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem of the same name and the Tenniel drawings that accompanied the original, and it wasn't really very good at all.
The book is slightly better, a bit darker and with more of the absurd power structures of the world of Gormenghast, but it's still not the kind of thing many people are going to want to worry about too deeply. For completists, as they say.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5