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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

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Alice sees things that other people miss. Sitting on a riverbank with her sister, she watches a white rabbit run past, wearing clothes and checking a pocket watch. Following the rabbit down its hole, she drops into a fantastic world where she grows and shrinks in an instant, her tears cause a major flood, and caterpillars give sage advice. Soon she is taking directions from the Cheshire Cat, attending a tea party with the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, and playing croquet with a deck of cards.  

     Six months later—sitting by a cozy fire, her adventures over—Alice wonders what life is like on the other side of the mirror above the fireplace. Without a second thought, she climbs up the mantel and steps into a world where people move about in paintings on the wall and chessmen stroll arm in arm around the room. The human-size Red Queen explains that the surrounding countryside is a giant chessboard and that Alice can become a queen by traveling to the eighth row. On her new adventure, Alice encounters Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, a Queen who turns into a talking sheep, and many more bizarre characters.

     Filled with intriguing logic problems, dizzying word play, and delightful distortions of cause and effect, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are glorious romps through alternate realities where nonsense is deep and meaningful, perception can’t be trusted, and a little girl’s fantasies can charm and challenge even the keenest of adult minds.

 

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CONTENTS

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LEWIS CARROLL

INTRODUCTION

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE

ENDNOTES

BASED ON THE BOOK

FURTHER READING

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LEWIS CARROLL

INTRODUCTION

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND AND THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS and What Alice Found There are two masterpieces of Victorian children’s literature. Yet they began in July 1862 as stories invented by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson for his river picnic companions, Alice Liddell and her two sisters. Full of strange and wonderful characters, such as the Mad Hatter and the imperious Queen of Hearts, the first novel follows Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole and into a world of nonsense, poetry, and mind-boggling logic. Alice’s adventures continue in the back-to-front world of the Looking-Glass where Alice meets talking flowers, the Red Queen and White Queen, and Humpty Dumpty as she plays a complex game of chess and hosts an unusual banquet. These novels, the first of their kind in the history of children’s literature, continue to inspire the imaginations of their readers, young and old.

Best known for his Alice books, which were published under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was not only an author, but also a noted mathematician, poet, and photographer. Born on January 27, 1832, at Daresbury in Cheshire, England, Dodgson was the eldest son and third of eleven children of Charles Dodgson, curate of the parish, and Frances Jane Lutwidge. Dodgson was taught mathematics, Latin, and religion by his father before attending Richmond School at the age of twelve, later spending three unhappy years at Rugby, the great public school immortalized in Thomas Hughes’ Tom Brown’s Schooldays. He graduated from Christ Church at Oxford in 1851, with first-class honors in mathematics and second-class honors in Latin. In 1852, Christ Church awarded him the title of student (the equivalent of a fellow at other colleges) and in 1855, he became mathematical lecturer, a position he held until 1881. He began his writing and publishing career early, starting with a series of family magazines. The first of these, Useful and Instructive Poetry, he wrote and produced by himself. In 1856, Dodgson published his poem Solitude in a magazine called The Train, using his famous pseudonym Lewis Carroll for the first time. Also in 1856, he purchased his first camera and lens in order to take up photography, and he met Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Liddells arrived at Christ Church when Alice’s father, Henry George Liddell, became the new dean. Dodgson soon became acquainted with them as he pursued his photography, first attempting to photograph the dean’s three young daughters, including three-year-old Alice. Although that attempt was unsuccessful, Dodgson became a regular visitor at the Liddells’ home and clearly enjoyed spending time with the children, noting in his diary that the three girls had become excellent friends and marking another entry about a day on the river with seven-year-old Lorina with a white stone to indicate a special event. His intimacy with Alice—he describes her as his ideal child friend—grew, although the exact nature of their relationship is unclear. His diaries between 1858 and 1862 have disappeared, possibly destroyed, although they resume shortly before the famous river trip with Alice and her sisters when she begged him for a story. Dodgson composed the story as he and Robinson Duckworth, an Oxford tutor, rowed along the river. At the conclusion of the trip, Alice asked him if he would write it down, and this first version became Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, illustrated by Dodgson himself and presented to Alice in November 1864. By then relations between Dodgson and the Liddells were strained, owing to an unknown (the key pages in Dodgson’s diary are missing) altercation in July 1863 between Dodgson and the Liddells. He may have proposed to Alice and been rejected on account of the great difference in their ages (she was eleven, he nearly twenty years her senior) or because the socially ambitious Mrs. Liddell felt Dodgson, a mere don with a stutter, was an inadequate suitor.

Nonetheless, the relationship between Dodgson and Alice Liddell was the inspiration for the incredibly successful Alice books. Dodgson consulted his friend George MacDonald, a well-known children’s writer, about the suitability of the book for publication and received enthusiastic support from MacDonald and his children. Accordingly, Dodgson arranged for Alexander Macmillan to publish Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865. The illustrations were a cause of some concern. Although Dodgson had illustrated the edition he gave to Alice, he felt his artistic talent was insufficient for his vision. Already impressed with John Tenniel, who was popular for his political Punch cartoons and for the illustrations of animals in fantastic settings that appeared in his edition of Aesop’s Fables (1848), Dodgson contacted his playwright friend Tom Taylor to determine if he knew Tenniel well enough to say whether he could undertake such a thing as drawing a dozen wood-cuts to illustrate a child’s book and, if so, whether Taylor would be willing to put him in touch with Tenniel.¹ Dodgson paid for the illustrations himself, working closely with Tenniel to ensure that the drawings matched his vision for the stories. Consequently, the Tenniel illustrations, more than any others, most closely represent Dodgson’s ideal images of his characters.

The publication arrangements with Macmillan were unusual. Although Macmillan arranged for the printing and distribution of the books in exchange for a ten percent commission, Dodgson paid all the costs of printing, illustrating, and advertising. Dodgson retained control and made all the decisions, which meant that he was able to suppress the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 because Tenniel was unsatisfied with the printing of the illustrations, a decision that Dodgson calculates to have cost £600, an astronomical sum for an Oxford don. It was a copy of this first edition, however, that Dodgson arranged to have sent to Alice Liddell on July 4, 1865, the third anniversary of the river expedition on which he had created the story. Macmillan arranged to have the first edition reprinted by a different printer, and on November 9, 1865, Dodgson received the first copy of this new edition, which he noted in his diary to be "very far superior to the old, and in fact a perfect piece of artistic printing."² Dodgson’s perfectionism is evident in some of his later publications as well; he suppressed an inferior edition of The Game of Logic in 1886, the entire first run of ten thousand copies of The Nursery ‘Alice’ in 1889, and the sixtieth print run of one thousand copies of Looking-Glass in 1893.

The reviews of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were mixed, although generally favorable. A December 16, 1865, review in the Athenaeum described it as a stiff, overwrought story³ but an Illustrated London News review on the same date declared it a very elegant piece of fancy-work wrought by a clever brain for the amusement and even instruction of children.⁴ The review went on to say that Tenniel’s forty-two illustrations were a further reason for its strong recommendation. The January 20, 1866, review in John Bull called it a work of genius that effectually dispels the notion that first-rate mathematical talent and ability are inconsistent with genuine humour and imagination.⁵ Reviews in children’s periodicals were also positive. In Aunt Judy’s Magazine, for example, editor Margaret Gatty described the illustrations as exquisite and explained how they do justice to the exquisitely wild, fantastic, impossible, yet most natural history of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was sufficiently successful that Dodgson made arrangements for French and German translations in 1866. In August of that year, he began considering a sequel, based on the remaining stories told to the Liddell children that he could remember. The result, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, was written more slowly than the first novel, in part because of Dodgson’s difficulties in finding an illustrator. Dodgson initially contacted Tenniel, who originally declined owing to a busy schedule. Dodgson’s diary confirms that he then unsuccessfully approached other illustrators, including Richard Doyle, Sir Joseph Noel Paton, and W. S. Gilbert. Tenniel ultimately agreed to provide the illustrations when he had time, which turned out to be three and a half years later. Dodgson received his first copy on December 6, 1871, and sent copies to the deanery on December 8.

By the end of January 1872, Looking-Glass had sold fifteen thousand copies and was well on its way to success. In 1881, thanks to his income from the Alice books, Dodgson was able to resign his Christ Church lectureship. Dodgson was heavily involved in all aspects of the further commercialization of the Alice books during his lifetime. The manuscript facsimile of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground was published in 1886, and Songs from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1871, accompanied by music from William Boyd. Cheaper People’s Editions of both books were published in 1887 to reach a wider audience. Dodgson also revised Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for a younger market; Tenniel redrew some of his pictures for this larger format book, which was published as The Nursery ‘Alice’ in 1890. In 1893, Dodgson wrote to Alice Liddell (then Hargreaves) herself, saying your adventures have had a marvelous success. I have now sold well over 100,000 copies.⁷ He continued revising the layout and punctuation of the Alice books, producing a final corrected text in 1897.

Part of the success of the Alice books emerges from their imaginative genius and the ways in which they revolutionized writing for children. Children’s literature of the eighteenth and much of the nineteenth centuries is typically characterized by religious and moral didacticism. Books after Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland grew less serious and became more entertaining, making way for vivid flights of fancy and foregrounding delight over instruction. Ronald Reichertz has argued, however, that Carroll’s writing actually follows a developing trend in children’s literature, incorporating an extensive literary tradition that ranges from conventional kinds of children’s literature (for example, moral and informational didacticism, nursery rhyme, and fairy tale) to general literary topoi and forms (such as the ‘world turned upside down,’ the looking-glass book, and dream vision) that had been assimilated into children’s literature before the Alice books were written.⁸ While some reviewers disliked the shift toward mere amusement in children’s literature, reviewers as fiercely conservative as Charlotte Yonge nonetheless praised Carroll’s imagination, describing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as one long dream of sheer nonsense; but [children] will not like it the worse for that.⁹ In her review in Aunt Judy’s Magazine, Margaret Gatty expressed a similar notion, alerting parents to the fact that they must not look to ‘Alice’s Adventures’ for knowledge in disguise.¹⁰ The idea that a book for children might simply be entertaining, without a moral or a lesson, marked a significant change in the development of children’s literature.

In Alice’s Adventures, Carroll satirizes earlier children’s literature. An example of this occurs when Alice finds a bottle labelled DRINK ME:

It was all very well to say Drink Me, but wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. No, I’ll look first, she said, and see whether it’s marked ‘poison’ or not; for she had read several nice little stories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts, and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them: such as, that a red-hot poker will burn you if you hold it too long; and that, if you cut your finger very deeply with a knife, it usually bleeds; and she had never forgotten that, if you drink much from a bottle marked poison, it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.

In poking gentle fun at the messages found in these nice little stories, the Alice books are placed within, and yet distinct from, the evolving tradition of children’s literature. They are also part of a growing Victorian preoccupation with children and childhood. In adult fiction of the period, such as that by Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Charles Dickens, childhood began to occupy an increasingly central role. At the same time, a new literature for children

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  • (4/5)
    With all the talk recently about Tim Burton's upcoming version of Alice in Wonderland for Disney, it got me in the mood to reread Lewis Carroll's original. I have read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland numerous times, but only until recently have I reread Through the Looking Glass, as I found a lovely collected edition at my local Barnes & Noble. This edition is particularly nice as it includes the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel for both volumes.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland opens with Alice sitting outside with her sister, doing her lessons. Alice is bored with her lessons, and when she notices a white rabbit run by wearing a waistcoat and looking at watch, which she finds a curious thing, she decides to follow him, where she falls down the rabbit hole and her adventures properly begin.Wonderland proves to be a nonsensical home to many wondrous characters: the Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Doormouse and their Tea-Party, the Duchess and her baby and Cook, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle and the Queen of Hearts and her pack-of-cards court. I won't go into too much detail of the story, as I'm sure most are familiar with the tale, and if you're not, my explaining it won't make much sense until you read it. The book reads very much like a dream, with one scenario leading into another without much in the way of logic.Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, taking place some six months later, even though there is no real reference to the first volume. The only two characters to really carry over from Wonderland are the Mad Hatter and the March Hare (here known as Hatta and Haigha) and even then Alice doesn't seem to recognize them. While Wonderland's court theme was based on a pack of playing cards, the court system in Looking Glass is based on chess, with a Red Queen and White Queen both playing important roles in this volume. Again, the story reads much like a dream, with no real rhyme or reason to the procession of the story.I love the illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. They are perfectly suited to story, capturing the look and feel of the characters and Wonderland.In doing some reading about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, I made some interesting discoveries. I always assumed that both stories were based on Lewis Carroll's stories that he told to Alice Liddell and her sisters, and while this is partly true, as the chess theme from Looking Glass did in fact come from discussions that Carroll had with the Liddell children while he was teaching them chess, the idea of the looking glass came from a discussion that Carroll had with another Alice, his cousin, Alice Raikes.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remains one of my favorite books, and I like to wander back into Wonderland every so often, just to remind myself how much I enjoy it. Every time I read it, the Cheshire Cat always sums up the story best for me: 'But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.''How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.'You must be,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.' This conversation always makes me smile. For me, it is the perfect description and explanation for the story, since in our dreams, aren't we all a little mad?
  • (2/5)
    This summer I flew seven hours and twenty-seven minutes across the Atlantic Ocean to Oxford, England. I studied at Pembroke College in Oxford University and saw Alice’s door myself in Christ Church Cathedral. Alice was a popular topic in Oxford. All the tourist shops had Alice shirts, Alice totes, Alice pencils and so I deemed it fitting that I read Alice in Wonderland during my month stay away from home. To my surprise, I like the Disney movie better than Carroll’s written work. The words just seemed like “mumble-jumble”, as my mother would say, and didn’t make any sense. At one point Alice asks herself, “Would a cat eat a bat? Would a cat eat a bat? Would a bat eat a cat?” while tumbling down the infamous rabbit hole, and throughout the book there were instances like this that seemed a little unnecessary. I found that as I was reading Carroll’s unnecessary flow of drug-induced consciousness, my own mind wandered to what I would do the next day, what meal they were serving in the cafeteria and how much was left on my international calling card. To say the least I was extremely disappointed. I did enjoy some of the stories, particularly the poem about the walrus and the carpenter (which had always been a favorite of mine during my Disney movie watching days), but there were too many little stories jammed together. Too many characters were fighting for attention and page space in the novel and Alice just had too exciting of a dream, especially during Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Through the Looking Class was calmer when it came to plot and every event tied in to the other. I could definitely relate to Carroll’s analogy of the chess board quads. It was an interesting way at looking at the decorative grass squares on campus that were prominent in the Oxford culture (only the Fellows at Oxford could walk on the grass). Turning the last page, I didn’t understand why Oxford was so enamored with Alice and her adventures, even if it was inspired by the spires of the college. Carroll does have an inventive imagination, but I think it would have been better if he had expanded on just a few ideas instead of jamming them all together into one story. He could have written an entire series instead of two books and maybe spacing out the incidents would have helped them flow, making it easier for the reader to enjoy. I can understand why the Disney experts decided to only take part of the story to make the children’s movie. If they had included everything, it would have been far, far too much.
  • (3/5)
    must be horrible to say, but I really feel like Disney took the best parts of the novel and developed it into something beautiful.. i didn't like the mock turtle from the book.. and i wasn't interested enough to read Through the Looking Glass.. sign o the times?
  • (5/5)
    I read this to my 6 year old daughter. We both enjoyed it a great deal. In addition to being masterfully imaginative the writing is wonderful. The way Carroll plays with words is so much fun-- my daughter thought so too. This book is not just for kids, there are layers and layers of linguistuc magic to appreciate at different ages.
  • (5/5)
    When people want to praise a book, especially a children's book, they say that readers of all ages will enjoy it. Mostly this is so that adults will buy the book too, because they're the ones with money. There are a lot of all-ages children's books that are just insulting if read by an adult.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, actually are for all ages. I know this because I read them for the first time at the age of fifteen, without any childhood nostalgia to color my judgment. Not only are they the most quotable books in the English language (and I was very surprised at the amount of text that I had seen before elsewhere and not identified as belonging to Carroll), but they make absolutely no sense in the best way: all of their nonsense is in some way connectible to real life, and making sense of the parallels between satire and reality makes you feel really really smart. Yes, I liked that.My best advice: don't judge the books by Disney's movie, which is what I did until recently. Old Walt left out some of the best stuff, and combined elements of both books in a mashup so complete that you can't even really distinguish between them anymore.
  • (4/5)
    so, he liked little girls. a bit quirky but if he didn't, he wouldn't have had no motivation to write this ultimate classic that activates any odd-thinkers thinking capacities and should be made into a musical not another movie for the songs in it are brilliant.
  • (5/5)
    This is my favorite book EVER! Love the stories, love the nonsense, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter..the tea party scene...the rhymes and the little children songs turned to Lewis Carroll's thinking way. AWE-SOME!! It's my fave ever!

    Really! Own them all!!!
  • (4/5)
    Who doesn't love Alice in Wonderland?
  • (5/5)
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There are two well-loved, oft-adapted, and extremely influential novels written by Lewis Carroll, the pseudonym of English author Charles Lutwidge, in 1865 and 1871 respectively. I was initially a little surprised when Seven Seas announced that it would be publishing a newly illustrated omnibus edition of the novels in 2014, especially as the company had moved away from publishing prose works in recent years in order to focus on manga and other comics. However, the novels do nicely complement Seven Seas' releases of the various Alice in the Country of manga. What makes Seven Seas' edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass stand out from others are the incredibly cute and charming manga-influenced illustrations by Kriss Sison, an International Manga Award-winning artist from the Philippines. In addition to a gallery of color artwork, hundreds of black-and-white illustrations can be found throughout the volume.Alice was enjoying a leisurely afternoon on a riverbank with her older sister when a very curious thing happened—a rabbit with a pocket watch hurries by talking to itself. When Alice follows after it she tumbles down a rabbit hole to find herself in a very strange place indeed. What else is there to do for an inquisitive and adventurous young girl but to go exploring? And so she does. As Alice wanders about she discovers food and drink that cause her to grow and shrink, animals of all sizes and shapes that can talk, and people who have very peculiar ways of thinking about and approaching life. Eventually she returns home to her sister, but several months later she finds herself once again slipping into a fantastical world when she crawls through the mirror above a fireplace mantel. Of course, Alice immediately sets off exploring, encountering even more strange and wondrous things and meeting all sorts of new and perplexing people.Despite already being familiar with the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (mostly through the seemingly infinite number of adaptations and otherwise Alice-inspired works) and despite having been encouraged for years by devotees of Carroll's writings, I had never actually read the original novels for myself until I picked up Seven Seas' edition. I'm really somewhat astonished that it took me so long to do so and it truly is a shame that I didn't get around to it sooner. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is absolutely marvelous and an utter joy to read. It's easy to see why the novels have been treasured and continue to be treasured by so many people for well over a century. The books are incredibly imaginative and delightfully clever. Carroll liberally employs puns and other wordplay, turning nonsense into logic and vice versa. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass has been translated into something like seventy different languages; though certainly worthwhile, I can't imagine these interpretations were easy to accomplish due to the novels' linguistic complexities.What particularly impresses me about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are the novels' broad appeal. Both children and adults can easily enjoy the works. Younger readers will likely be amused and drawn to their silliness while more mature readers will be able to more fully appreciate the cleverness of Carroll's prose, poetry, and song. I would wholeheartedly encourage just about anyone to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Even without counting the multitude of adapted works, there are a huge number of editions of the original two novels available. There is bound to be a version that will appeal, whether it be Martin Gardner's extensively annotated editions, which reveal references that modern readers are apt to miss, or one of the many illustrated releases. While I may one day move on to The Annotated Alice, I was very pleased with Seven Seas' Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Carroll's novels and Sison's illustrations are a delightful combination. I am very glad to have finally read the novels and anticipate reading them again with much enjoyment.Experiments in Manga
  • (3/5)
    A really creative guy, that Lewis Carroll... but I wish he would've written these books more with the goal of publication in mind than that of entertaining a child, because Alice's adventures wander far too much to keep my attention very well.
  • (4/5)
    Good grief, this book is WEIRD. Carroll had aura-inducing migraines and probably took LSD to cope with it, which makes for a book... exactly like this one. It is a great read, though, especially for anyone with a love of words. The puns themselves are worth your time, and Alice is a delightful character. It's also an important novel in literary canon, though usually given to too young an audience. Personally, I think a life is unfilled until at least the first stanza of the Jabberwocky is memorized and recited at random. (Fun game: combine drinking and this as a read-aloud!) I'd recommend reading both books combined. For a similar book suited for a younger audience, "The Phantom Tollbooth" is a wonderful novel.
  • (5/5)
    This is my favorite story of all-time. Nothing, in my opinion, beats Alice and the adventures she creates in her own mind. The whole experience of reading (and re-reading, and maybe re-reading again...) this book is magical to me. Lewis Carroll's humor and writing style alone is enough to make me want to read more.
  • (5/5)
    Alice falls into a dreamworld of rhymes, cryptic poetry, and an array of crazy characters. This beautiful story takes the idea of creativity to an extreme, and proves there are no limits to the imagination. This book is great for children and adults of all ages.
  • (5/5)
    My first introduction to Alice in Wonderland was seeing the Disney movie when I was little. I remember enjoying it, but at the same time being annoyed by the confusing nature. I read the book a couple years later. At the time I loved the storyline but was thoroughly frustrated by the books' lack of cohesion. I reread Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass recently, and I found them entertaining in an entirely new fashion. If you try to force sensibility into any of the situations, you will miss out on the enjoyability of the random. Both books are the closest to reading a dream I have ever come upon, due to the randomness of the events. It is a fun read for adults and kids alike.
  • (4/5)
    There's a reason Alice has remained popular for years - her story is always entertaining, a nice break from reality, yet never entirely mindless. Looking for the meaning behind Carroll's nonsense is a pursuit that will never grow old.
  • (3/5)
    In this classic children's story, the reader follows Alice along on her adventures, running into all sorts of oddball characters, such as the Chershire Cat, the Catepillar, the Mad Hatter, and the March Hare. In the world described, known as "Wonderland," anything seems to be possible if the conception is right, as Alice initially enters it falling down a well, and therefrom becomes tiny, then 9 feet tall and skinny, subsequently running into these characters after having followed the "white rabbit." Within the story lie poems which describe the particular character or scene; one of which "Father William," describes old age to his son. I found this book very hard to get through. The characters themselves are interesting, and the book offers artwork to accopany the pictures, but the storyline continuity and descriptions themselves made the story quite dull. When the reader finds out her Adventures were just a dream, the surprise did not inspire any emotive response from me, nor did I even care. I found this book to be gravely overrated, and not worth the time.
  • (5/5)
    One of the books I always wanted to read and never seemed to have the time to. As a child I read some Spanish translations, more of them adaptations not very true to the original one, but then time passed and always had other things to read and study. Finally I decided that I had to read it. I will not add anything to what many people has written for decades, it is simply great, a must read for any person regardless of their age, charming and crazy, simply wonderful.I enjoyed it a lot and will include it in the list of "mandatory" books for my daughter as soon as she can read.
  • (4/5)
    Synopsis: In Alice in Wonderland, a little girl follows a white rabbit and falls into another world with characters that represent political figures. In Through the Looking-Glass Alice encounters more of the same.Review: As a child I loved these books. Reading them as an adult was work. They made little sense and the nonsense was annoying.
  • (4/5)
    تعتبر رواية ” أليس في بلاد العجائب ” واحدة من معالم الأدب العالمي البارزة، تستهوى الأطفال و الكبار ، جيلاً بعد جيل. تدور أحداثها حول شخصية أليس الحالمة والمغامرة وحول كثير من الشخصيات الغريبة مثل الأرنب الأبيض وقط الشيشاير وأرنب مارس الوحشي … وتجعل من مغامراتها عملاً أدبيًا خالدًاIs the novel "Alice in Wonderland" and one of the prominent landmarks of world literature, appealing to children and adults, generation after generation. Takes place around the figure of Alice and dreamy adventure about a lot of strange characters such as the White Rabbit and never Cichair and rabbit March brutal ... and make their adventures immortal literary work
  • (4/5)
    Alice's wonderland is a book about all the different storys that they tell about this book so it really werd. It starts out with Alice in a really big room with lots and lots of door. Then she is in a room with a peace of cake she eats it and she becomes really really small. An then she will go into a door and she will be in a house not any house a rabbits house. She finds the same cake and she eats it and this time she is really really big. Then she is in a forest and she finds a worm and she talks to and she like i want to be my on size. Then she is in a palace and she sees these cards painting a tree red. An then she wakes up in the really world. I think that this book is really good it is a little werd but it really good anyway. I think people will like this book a lot its a book that has many other books in it but short chapters. It was really good to read I really liked it a lot. The only thing that i didnt like was the end of the book it was not the best it in world . It end with Alice waking up from her sleep I dont like that its not the best ending in the world.Its just my opinion mabye other people like these books to but i dont. This just what i think of this really really good book evan though i did not like the ending.
  • (5/5)
    Just a great, fun, silly, magical, fantastical look into the life and imagination of a young child. I loved every minute of it. I wish I could be Alice!
  • (5/5)
    Lewis Carroll's books are masterpieces of nonsense literature. I've read them time and again, and will read it to my children. If you've seen the movies and tv shows, but never read the books, you must address that issue now!
  • (5/5)
    Is it a children's story or a primer on logic or even a work of wit and wisdom?Maybe it's all three.Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass make up the two Alice books by Lewis Carroll. And in these books, Carroll paints a strange world in which logic has a strange way about it, mostly consisting of folk who interpret things quite literally.This, being a classic of children's literature, has been mimicked by many, and by many, unsuccessfully. Though, I will admit that many adaptations of this work have been made satisfactorily.The first book takes Alice down a rabbit hole and into wonderland. There, she meets all sorts of strange characters and discovers the queen of hearts, as well as other card-themed characters. The queen, it seems, is obsessed with displacing people's heads, and Alice must take every precaution to not upset her majesty.The second book takes Alice through a looking glass into a chess-themed world. Here the cruel magnate is the red queen. Alice learns many new poems and logical quirks before returning back through the looking glass.This book is sure to be enjoyed by bright children as well as adults who are kids at heart.
  • (2/5)
    Besides the upcoming Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland coming out in March 2010, I was interested in reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to get a better idea of it's status as a 'classic'

    When I read it, however, I was VERY disappointed. As a young girl, I think I thought Alice was similar to me. Reading about her now, I found her to be annoying and dumb.

    To be honest, when the movie comes out, I don't think I'll be upset in the least if Burton changes things.

    I was just really disappointed.
  • (5/5)
    This story houses one of the worlds I wish I could of visited over and over when I was a child.
  • (4/5)
    This book is just fun. Everything about it is fun. :)
  • (5/5)
    I feel like I won a prize, somehow. This lovely edition of Alice has full-color plates of many of the Tenniel illustrations, and is in very good condition, considering its age. The only flaw is that there's one of those horrid bookplates in the front, on the flyleaf. Who can resist spending a lazy afternoon with Alice? Not I.
  • (4/5)
    Really very clever writing. It's hard to believe that he was a perv ... I just can't see it. Too much imagination goes in to the story to think his imagination lie elsewhere. Carroll was thinking outside the box before that was really done.
  • (5/5)
    It's saturday, it's cold and it's raining, so of course I had to stay in bed and re-read my ultimate comfort book ♥ the only problem is that now I'm yet again left craving tea and bread-and-butter.
  • (5/5)
    A lovely edition of one of my favorite stories of all time. I must read this at least once a year to remain sane.