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The Annotated Alice (Annotated Alice)

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This is the first and only paperbound edition of Lewis Carroll’s two masterpieces, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, that contains the full text, together with all of the original Tenniel illustrations in their correct places, and that adds to this a full annotation running concurrently with the text for the easiest possible reference.

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Paperback, 345 pages
Published May 1st 1974 by Meridian (first published 1960)
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Sep 21, 2011 notgettingenough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
For the Celebrity Death Match vs The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

'I mean, wot the fuck is it wiv this Salander bitch?' Alice scowls.

'I'm telling you, I'm sick of it. Bugger the 'Annotated Alice', we're putting out the 'Unexpurgated Alice' right now. They need to be told that I did all that stuff bigger and better than she did. AND I had to give mate's rates to fucking Charles Dickens. Geez. Give me a break.'

'What? NOW?' asks Humpty nervously glancing at the wall next to them.

She ignores him.

Oct 05, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written for the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament

The Annotated Alice versus 1984

Alice looked around at the gray drab buildings.

"I must have wandered off the path. This is nothing like anything I've ever seen before in Wonderland. "

The city was devoid of people. Occasionally a siren would blare but there were no human and animal sounds. A poster of a intimidating man with the words BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU was on practically every wall.

"Interesting" said Alice, "It looks a little like my
May 09, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Everyone should spend a couple of frabjous days every 30 years or so with Alice! Even better to bring Martin Gardner along for his enlightening bits (like "chortle" being a word coined by Lewis Carroll -- who knew?)
Camille Dent (TheCamillion)
What I love about the Alice stories, is that I could read it multiple times with a new experience each time. There are so many puns, death jokes, and word-plays that I did not understand the first time that I read it. I would highly recommend reading an annotated version such as this one, because about 75% of the books is pop culture reference from Victorian England, inside jokes, and logic and mathematics allusions. I also like how purely childish these stories are. They don't need to have a mo ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
This is the copy of the classic tales that I grew up with. The annotated version confused me some when I was young, but I've always loved the illustrations. I remember my Dad reading some of this to me so many years ago - I didn't remember the whole story, but I know he's always loved the poetry - especially Jabberwocky.

We listened to Michael York narrate Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on audio CD while we followed along with the book. Then, we listened to Donada Peters narrate the second hal
Apr 18, 2013 Ithil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Recién terminado: me cuesta tener una opinión precisa de este libro por lo raro y extraño que ha sido su lectura. A pesar de estar anotado, siento que hay muchas cosas que no he terminado de entender. Pero indudablemente ha sido entretenido.

Opinión personal: Alicia en el país de las maravillas y A través del espejo creo que es una lectura peculiar, muy difícil de recomendar. Es más, os recomendaría acercaros a ella por propia voluntad, si
Oct 03, 2014 Isaac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth finding for the introduction alone.
And the original illustrations. They are rather important.

However, this book is probably most useful for the purpose of discrediting the many absurd theories surrounding the Alice novels.

If anything, I would say that the books are reader's books. It may be that Wonder Land was not written for the general reader really--none of us are Alice Liddel--but the academically minded reader will find much to enjoy in "The Annotated Alice".
Lisa Vegan
I really enjoyed this edition, a book I still own. But, unlike most people, I’ve never been a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. I read this book in elementary school and I liked it. Had reasons to read other editions of the Alice in Wonderland part of this book for a college English class, and was simply not wowed.
Jan 08, 2016 Jaksen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My favorite book of all time. This annotated version only made me love it more.

Now I want the newest version of this book, in hardcover. When's Christmas?

Apr 30, 2015 Tristan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, classic
I've read this about six times, but this is my only time since late elementary school. Carroll's nonsense is incredibly clever, with cold jokes slipped into the text without calling attention to themselves and a marvelous degree of consistency. This volume contains both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, and as this is the only edition I have ever read, the two become a sort of giant work simply thought of as Alice. The two stories are bot ...more
May 07, 2016 Jenni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lewis Carroll’s purpose in writing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is to entertain. He entertains the reader with the delightful story following Alice, a little girl, throughout the crazy dreams that she is in. Within the dreams she meets many creatures including talking animals. In Wonderland, she meets the White Rabbit, the Duchess, the Cheshire-Cat, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, and other minor characters. In the Land of t ...more
Steve Johnson
Oct 06, 2015 Steve Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The annotated version of this book certainly helps in deciphering some of the wordplay and it provides some interesting background information. It's not too distracting so you can both read the novels and enjoy the additional info on top. However I did find the commentary to sometimes be too much of a love-song towards Carroll. But I suppose that is to be expected from someone who has spend so much time on researching everything there is to find about this man.

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Jan 13, 2008 Dan rated it it was amazing
This book is the classic story of Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass annotated with lots of annotations that explains many of the allusions that may be missed by a casual reader not familiar with the British society of Lewis Carroll's time.

The annotations are very interesting and provide good information about the text that help with a deeper understanding.

I read this book because I like Alice in Wonderland and wanted to learn more.
Oct 29, 2015 Ginny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful fun with the legendary, mythical Alice. Since both books, but especially Through the Looking Glass, are full of puzzles, I think this annotated edition is the way to go to get the most out of the reading, even for a child. And if the adult is reading out loud, they can then attempt to answer the questions that come up. I think the Alice intrigues still speak to us today and I had a good time playing with them.
The edition I read contains both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, plus a lot of annotations to help explain references modern Americans are unlikely to understand. I’m glad I read the books, because they are cultural touchstones, and now I know what they're about. But I didn’t really enjoy them. They were basically non-stop nonsense. I've heard references to these books throughout my life; my brother told me last year they are great and I should read them; and I recently inheri ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Pablo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro fantástico en dos sentidos; la extraña e hipnótica historia que va desarrollando Carrol, y la sed de curiosidad que sacian los comentarios de Martin Gardner. La historia de Alicia se disfruta mucho mas cuando comprendes los chistes de segundo o tercer nivel que también están incluidos en la historia.
Cath Smith
Sep 09, 2011 Cath Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Alice books, and this is a great way to learn more about the social background, and not least the mathematical puzzles behind these two classics
Feb 01, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, kids-books
This was the first time I’ve ever read these books. I couldn’t imagine getting through them without Martin Gardner’s annotations – much less how a modern little kid would comprehend these books. There were a lot of jokes that flew by, where a page later I would think back and get it. There was another riddle toward the end of Through the Looking Glass, where without Gardner’s notes Carroll would have just left the reader hanging for the answer. I think Through the Looking Glass was a much better ...more
Jean Ramsay
This book presented me with a moral dilemma. These stories could surfacely be described as pure whimsy, but as I learned through the annotations, this isn't silliness without any depth. This is satire, logistics, political intrigue, and a coming-of-age story wrapped in beautiful symbolism.

That being said, the annotations also repeatedly reminded me that these stories were written by a man over the age of 30 as a sort of love story about a 7 year old girl. The editor insists that Carroll's inter
Sep 29, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's strange to call this work an amazing feat when it belongs to the literary nonsense genre. :P At the end of the day, I don't think Lewis is doling out any "morals" or unpacking any complex characters or the like, but the two books are chock full of major illusions to popular Victorian poetry and culture, linguistics, mathematical logic, and Carroll's personal history, particularly with young girls like Alice Liddell. Reading Martin Gardner's annotations as a Carrollian scholar were certainly ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Raissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently revisited Alice in Wonderland as it was the theme of my daughter's party. I like it fine, it is a fun fantasy with amusing events and a charming protagonist. But it is Through the Looking Glass that I have revisited over and over again, since I was 11 years old. Wonderland is more for younger children. It is entertaining and filled with memorable characters with unforgettable lines. But Through the Looking-Glass is full of wordplay, spoofs, and brainteasing questions that will engage ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Marco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This volume contains both Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking-glass, along with annotations by well-known mathematician Martin Gardner. I read few months ago the first story with no annotations, and, even if I liked it, I felt like I was missing something. There are a lot of historical and cultural references that are impossible to get if you are not a Victorian England expert. One of my colleagues came to the rescue and borrowed me this version of the book, and, what a difference those ...more
Mar 03, 2009 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, Alice has followed the whight rabit down the rabit hole, grown large, grown small, drown in her own tears,had a Caucus- Race, and is no recieving advise from a catapillar. I mean could this book get any more adventurus? My guess is absaloutley. I don't usually read these types of books, i am more into Celia Rees and Caroline B. Cooney. Although i have watched many versions of this as a film i still quite enjoy reading it, especially with the illistrations. I do like this book but i don't ...more
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are both charming, crazy, fun stories that will live for centuries. They should be part of every childhood, and pretty much every adult should go back to them again later to revisit the old friends and realize just how bizarre the books are.

That said, I'm pretty sure this was not the original annotated version I read. There are good notes in here, most especially the poems and songs that Carroll based some of his parodies on as well as an explana
Jul 16, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, juvenile, humor
Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass is just a crazy trippy, yet somehow it does feel perfectly suited to a child's mind. Kids do nonsense better than anyone else!

Reading this annotated version is like getting two stories at once - besides Alice, you find out about the Rev. Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and his relationship with the real Alice, among other child companions over the years. It is all perfectly innocent (at least according to Gardner, and I believe him).
Jun 21, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
I had never read these books. What I knew was from Disney. These books are so funny and clever. Very easy to read. This version with notes is a must. It explained all the puns and jokes and why it is funny. Knowing what he was making fun of really brought the book to life. This one was illustrated which was nice.
Feb 10, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I first read this as a child, but have returned to it several times, having found that the book takes on more and more meaning, the more I learn about Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic concepts, surrealist art and literature, psychedelic experience, and philosophy. In this respect, Alice in Wonderland succeeds as an example of a masterpiece that changes with each new viewing.

Moreover, the book is extremely entertaining, not only for its humor and fantasy, but also for the work it asks its reader to
Eric Juneau
Well, the annotations aren't as comprehensive as I would have liked. But I guess it's better to leave analysis to the professors and just give facts. Most of the annotations explain the poetry that Carroll's parodying, which is nice. They're all verse that would be common in Carroll's day, but have become antiquated since (except for one or two). Others illustrate the history (like relations to the real Alice) and the logic jokes he probably thought were hilarious (like how "Through the Looking- ...more
During a phase at Oxford of reading novels by Oxford writers (thinking about it now because of the Hobbit movie), I got an annotated Alice in Wonderland by sheer accident, but it was so cool because it has footnotes throughout, pointing out things all around Oxford that he based a lot of little details on... like the monster on the screen on the fireplace in the dining room in Christ Church college was one character, etc.

There's a little booklet self-guided tour of these things I got after that
Larry-bob Roberts
Fortunately enough, when I was living in Bergen, Norway in my 10th year, 1976, after I had read the first Alice book, this compendium of the first two books with footnotes by Martin Gardner turned up in the University bookstore (my father was a visiting academic.) It was fascinating reading the footnotes with the information about all the obscure in-jokes and sources of the parodies. Doubtless this was my introduction to critical reading. Since my father was a math professor, I read plenty of ot ...more
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The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.

His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.

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