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The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #1-2)

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For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1960, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is highly sought after by families and scholars alike—for it was Gardner who first decoded the wordplay and the many mathematical riddles that l...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 17th 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1960)
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notgettingenough
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.

'Li...more
Bruce
This edition has an interesting and informative introduction in which Martin Gardner refers to “the Bible and all other great works of fantasy,” which amused me. The annotations to the text are often quite interesting if somewhat intrusive; I found it best to read all of them for a chapter before beginning to read the chapter itself, having them then in my knowledge base without having to be interrupted from the flow of the story. I enjoying all the punning. I had not realized that the songs wer...more
Marvin
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...more
Lynne
I recently saw a review where someone had read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, felt completely confused, and was basically told by all commenters that "Carroll was on Opium," as an explanation for the weirdness of the writing. I suggest that original poster, instead, pick up a copy of The Annotated Alice. Both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were essentially written for one person, Alice Liddell. Most of the references in the books that are completely odd are in-...more
Daniel
All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
Our wanders to guide.

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour,
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Against three tongues together?

Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict "to begin it":
In gentler tones Secunda hopes
"There will be nonsense in it!"
While Tertia interrupts the ta...more
Abby
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?)
Chris
I don't think I would have half the appreciation I now do for Lewis Carroll if it weren't for the annotations accompanying this edition of the text. Besides the grunt work of explaining Victorian terms and concepts now outdated (look up bathing machines for the example I found most strange), the annotations shed on light on the emotional dimension to the books, which seems like an absurd idea at first glance given that they're nonsense tales. But Lewis Carroll adored Alice Liddell -- innocently...more
Dolly
Sep 20, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Ithil
Reseña completa: http://laestanteriadeithil.blogspot.c...

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...more
Cheryl in CC NV
This edition - annotated by Martin Gardner, is *so* much richer than the basic. It's great fun, and illuminating, to be guided to see the logic, geometry, word-play, and other puzzles & commentaries within and surrounding the text. That is to say, as with any work of Literature, it helps to understand the context of the time, the author's intent, etc. Fortunately, Gardner doesn't chew it to pulp or to dust, but rather makes the work even more appealing.

What I always remember best about Alice...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This beautiful hardbound edition of both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is made heavenly by the inclusion of luxurious annotations, original illustrations by John Tenniel, and a long-lost chapter. Editor Gardner reprints acres of trivia provided by scholars and fans in the annotations, which range from definitions or contextual clues to (like suggested answers to the famous riddle "Why is a raven like a writing-desk?"). At times, the annotations seem a little indulgent (there...more
Rebecca
What a delightfully odd story. I had never read either of the Alice stories before, though I am very familiar with both Disney adaptations. I went into it thinking they would be more symbolic than they ended up being, though it may just be that I need to give them another read through to really get at it and a better understanding of Carroll's time. (Though I gave the annotations some attention at first, I found they interrupted the flow of the stories, so after time I barely bothered with them....more
Nicky Penttila
I've read "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" at least a dozen times, and noticed something new and intriguing each time, which is why it earns 5-stars. The annotations in this edition add even more.

Fantastic wordplay, satirical takes on then-famous poems, and illustrations that do double- and triple-duty add layers to a "kid-sized" story of adventure.

I love how the sentences challenge our assumptions of how language works, what metaphor, grammar, and style can do. Alice's rea...more
Emma Decker
SPOILER ALERT Little Alice who is so bored of her older sister reading to her, finds a small rabbit hole and goes down to find the most wonderful and strange world she had ever seen. Along her journey she meets the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and not to forget the Cheshire Cat. Soon Alice discovers that wonderland is quite queer, and is soon changing size, chasing a White Rabbit, and trying to keep her head. What I love about this book is the strange characters and the personal...more
Cecily Erker
I have an earlier edition of this book, but I'm still gonna review it. This book is basically Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, along with everything you could ever possibly want to know about its symbols, interpretations, historical context and underlying psychodynamics (like how the rabbit hole is apparently a vagina). A disturbing but plausible conspiracy theory introduced is that Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) may have mentally been a pedophile, but never committed any...more
Sam Whitehouse
I had to read this for University in order to write a short paper. Whilst i hate Alice in Wonderland as a book in itself, this companion/encyclopedia/critical aid was invaluable in understanding some of the crazy stuff that goes on in Carroll's book. I would never read this for pleasure, but as an academic resource it is very helpful.
Dan
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.
David
This book popped onto my radar a month ago, thanks to the happy fact that Martin Gardner was selected as the inspiration for this year's Mathematics Awareness Month. While perusing his publications, I chanced upon this one, and decided to immediately add it to my nook library. All of the annotations are collected at the end of each chapter and are linked by number in the text, making it easy to switch between text and note. All of Tenniel's illustrations and a number of other illustrations and d...more
Laura
This book is fantastic if you want to know the real meaning behind the nonsense in 'Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.'

April 26, 2009
I'm leading my book club discussion in May on Alice and I'm using this as my Bible.

May 12, 2009
I love all the tidbits and info this book contains...the explanation of the nonsense and all of the inside jokes.
Amy
This is the book that made me a reader. I remember hiding under the covers with a lamp so I could stay up a little later and keep reading. I got in a lot of trouble over this book. I also killed my vision. Fran recently brought me an annotated copy of this book from Oxford (England), where Carroll wrote the book. It is amazing!
Stephanie
If you like the story of Alice in Wonderland, you'll love all these extra tidbits from Martin Gardner, forerunner in literary Alice knowledge.

This annotated compilation includes both "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" with easy access notes along the margins. Having never read both books all the way through before, I found Carroll's inside jokes, mathematical puns, and general oddity that much more enjoyable with the reasons and origins behind his works readily available.

Be wa...more
marc
although fascinated by its immense historical significance and mathematical, logical and fantastical elements i didn't appreciate it as literature. wonderland is definitely the superior work, as the plotting of looking glass is tedious and forced, with its parade of disconnected episodes. i couldn't help disliking dodgson.
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.
Julia Boechat Machado
Why is a raven like a desk?
Alice é um livro que é sempre interessante. No qual, a cada leitura, descobre-se um novo jogo, uma alusão, uma brincadeira (mesmo com a ajuda dos extensos comentários de Martin Gardner). Ainda não encontrei as dezoito (?) piadas sobre morte em Alice no País das Maravilhas.
Pablo
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.
Zoe
I've already reviewed Alice in Wonderland, so this is really a review of Through the Looking glass.

This story is charming, if possibly slightly less coherent. There is a bit of a plot- Alice arrives at the chessboard and must get to the other side (8 squares) in order to be crowned queen. The chess metaphors are fantastic here, and moviegoers will appreciate the fact that parts of the Disney movie contain chunks of both stories (Tweedledum and Tweedledee are from Looking Glass).

The benefit of th...more
Grace Jensen
When Alice in Wonderland came up on our list, I was super excited, and then another person recommended this.

I have read Alice before, and the *extreme* annotation were a delight to have. With the first book, it was almost like I was being explained too much. But Through the Looking Glass was (imho) the superior book in purpose, structure, and symbolism. THAT I was thankful to have so many annotations for, it made it a wonderful experience.

It even addresses the outright accusations of Carroll's....more
Steven
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
Christina Marie Rau
I wish the footnotes weren't so distracting and teeny tiny. Some of them were really intriguing, but lots of them were overdone. However, this was the first real time I read Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass straight through, so that made me feel accomplished.
Elle
Only finished the section on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and not Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.
This is brilliant. It gives fantastic insight to Carroll's writing genius - I'm always completely befuddled by writers managing to incorporate so skilfully all these references in their writing.

Additionally, my reading of this book provided the opportunity to re-read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland once again. The re-reading made me made the story even better, as I appreci...more
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The Rev. 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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