Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass
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Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #1-2)

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Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Philadelphia: Winston, 1925. Octavo. 319 pages. Illustrated with 4 color plates by Edwin John Prittie.

The Mad Hatter, the Ugly Duchess, the Mock Turtle, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat-characters each more eccentric than the last, and that could only have come from Lewis Carroll, the maste...more
Publisher's Binding, 319 pages
Published 1925 by Philadelphia: Winston (first published 1876)
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Keely
I think that the failure not only of Children's Literature as a whole, but of our very concept of children and the child's mind is that we think it a crime to challenge and confront that mind. Children are first protected from their culture--kept remote and safe--and then they are thrust incongruously into a world that they have been told is unsafe and unsavory; and we expected them not to blanch.

It has been my policy that the best literature for children is not a trifling thing, not a simplific...more
Bonnie
Read both as a child, and again as an adult. Loved and appreciated it then; love and appreciate it now.

A book everyone should read at least once, and one that I hope children are still reading today.
Caris
“I’d like to renew my driver’s license,” Alice said as she walked up to the counter. She was a youthful woman in her mid-forties (though you wouldn’t know that to look at her) with a radiant glow and attractive laugh lines. She was modestly dressed, business casual, but with a cool vintage ribbon in her hair.

“Next!” the woman at the counter shouted.

Alice frowned. “Excuse me, ma’am. I’m next.”

“Next!” the woman shouted again, quite ignoring Alice’s words.

A large sweaty man rushed past her, bumpin...more
Heather
This is a weird one. The more I read the more I'm okay with the weirdness. Does that say something about me? I thought at first I wouldn't read it to my kids because it's too strange, but I'm thinking now I might. They just might like it. We'll see how it ends. Am I lame that I've never read this before?

Okay, done with them both. Alice in Wonderland was okay. Still weird. Weird and I didn't understand it. Through the Looking Glass took weird to a whole new level. A bad level. The whole time I w...more
M. D.  Hudson
For decades I’d figured that since I can sing along to Jefferson Airplane’s song “White Rabbit” that I didn’t have to read the book. But I decided to do so and am glad I did, although I could not ever find where the dormouse said “Feed your head.” Mostly, the dormouse just slept. This book is really, really weird, even after 145 years, bowdlerization by Disney, appropriation by the hippies, and general over-familiarization. Good book, and it contains one of my favorite poems:

Twinkle, twinkle li...more
Sherwood Smith
I know this is a best-loved classic, but I cannot express the profound hatred I had for it all my life.

I was given it at age ten. Books were too rare in my life, so I approached every book with wonder (though I was a bit wary after the horror of plowing diligently through Andersen's fairy tales at age seven, and wondering why little girls always had to have rotten endings). This book never made sense. It made me feel exactly the same way the world felt when I had a high fever.

When I had to read...more
Kelly
Sep 16, 2007 Kelly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, and anyone looking for a little nonsense in their life
Shelves: favorites
I've loved the Disney movie ever since I can remember, and so it was only natural that I was drawn to this book. I read it for the first time in either second or third grade and I've loved it ever since. I remember that I was always checking it out from the library until I finally got enough sense to ask for it for my birthday. It's always been one of my favorites because it's so much fun to read, but now that I'm older I find that there's a lot of hidden messages that adults can relate to as we...more
Jason Koivu
People love this. Not me. Does that mean I'm not people?

Usually I like scatterbrained, nonsensical stuff and that's probably my problem: I don't get the references. At least some of the wild and crazy antics seem to happen to prove a point about the ridiculousness of some or other quirky British convention. So maybe all the wacky shit that goes down in Alice in Wonderland has a deeply satirical basis? I must give Carroll his due, the satire that I did get I enjoyed. However, for me much of this...more
Kimley
My parents gave me a lovely box set copy of these two works with the iconic Tenniel illustrations when I was about seven or eight years old which I still have to this day and which has survived several cross-country moves and multiple readings as a child not to mention several further readings as an adult. The box set is a little worse for wear but still a prized possession in my library.

I've mostly refrained from rating/reviewing children's books on Goodreads simply because my childhood critica...more
MJ Nicholls
I never had the sort of parents who sat reading Lewis Carroll to me as I drifted off to sleep. My parents weren’t crackheads or slovenly brutes, they simply had different kids books. So there. Adventures in Wonderland was the funniest of the two: it seemed madder, witter and sharper somehow, but Through the Looking-Glass is none two shabby either. It was fun to engage with the enormous critical debate around the books as I read, spurred on by the extensive endnotes and 40-page introduction, thou...more
Trevor
It is ages since I read Alice in Wonderland and then I’ve never read Through the Looking Glass before and so I decided it was time to do them both together. I’m really not sure what to say about these books. They really are amazing and his sense of humour is brilliantly funny. Borges has a short story where Don Quixote is being written word for word again today and, of course, is a totally different book. I really doubt this book could be written today as a kid’s book. The drug references would...more
Stefan
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:

The joy of this book definitely holds through for me as an adult. I reread this with some trepidation as I remembered reading and enjoying it several times as a child, but was pleasantly surprised to find it just as magical as I did then.



I won't bore anyone with the details of the story as I'm sure that most who are reading this review are familiar with it. Suffice it to say that Alice's journey into Wonderland is still rather wonderful.



Alice still comes off as a...more
Brandon
“Everything is so out-of-the-way down here!” exclaimed Alice.

Throughout the course of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, these words grow more and more inalienable as the only sure expression that Alice can count on in a world that continually frustrates, challenges, and violates her understanding of the natural world. She never quite experiences in the underground the kind of customary ease that was so familiar to her back home, but instead feels like a fish-out-of-water that awkwardly flops an...more
Jason
Feb 02, 2012 Jason rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stoners, pot-heads, poetry lovers, weird stuff, trippy things
Recommended to Jason by: It's a classic
These two books were brought to you by the letters W, T, and F. Of all the ineffable twaddle I've ever read (and I try to keep that to a minimum), I believe this is the piece de resistance. It is proof positive that LSD was used just as irresponsibly in the 1860s as it was in the 1960s. The fact that it wasn't invented until 1938 is irrelevant, as anyone who is currently under the influence of that pharmaceutical extraction could easily explain. The time continuum thing confusing you? Just drop...more
Patrizia O
Alice nel paese dell meraviglie 3/5
Attraverso lo specchio e quello che Alice vi trovò 2/5
“Vorresti forse sostenere che la frase vedo quello che mangio ha lo stesso significato di mangio quello che vedo
“O vorresti sostenere” proseguì la Lepre Marzolina “che la frasemi piace quello che prendo ha lo stesso significato di prendo quello che mi piace?”
“E vorresti forse sostenere” concluse il Ghiro (il quale sembrava che parlasse dormendo) “che la frase respiro quando dormo ha lo stesso significato
...more
Jason Pettus
The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called literary "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label

Essay #63: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871), by Lewis Carroll

The story in a nutshell:
Written in 1871, six years after the original, this sequel to Alice in Wonderland is designed to be yet another piece of nonsensical, absurdist storytelling, picking up soon after the first book left off and this time with Alice stepping...more
Christopher H.
Sep 01, 2009 Christopher H. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christopher by: lonebearimages@gmail.com
I have just finished re-reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. These books, while they may have originally been written for young Alice Liddell and other children, almost seem to be parables on what it means to be a child, and warn against not ‘growing up’ too fast. For example, it was interesting to notice that Alice quite innocently does not respond to the concept of the ‘abhorrence of death’ the same way an adult would (i.e., when the Duchess is under sentence...more
Ordinary Dahlia
Harus g akui, awalnya nggak ada minat untuk baca buku ini selain karena filmnya akan ditayangkan tahun ini dan kebetulan salah satu pemainnya adalah aktor yang g sukai. Jadi mulailah g baca untuk merefresh ingatan akan Alice yang waktu kecil dulu serialnya sering g tunggu-tunggu.

Pas baca, agak terkejut juga dengan isinya, sampai g bertanya-tanya kenapa dulu g sampai suka Alice? jawabannya mungkin sederhana, karena g masih anak-anak dan g nggak terlalu peduli jalan ceritanya seperti apa yang terp...more
Simona Bartolotta
La vita che cos'è, se non un sogno?

Non avrei mai pensato che questi libri potessero aver quest'effetto su di me... voglio dire, mano a mano che si cresce certi racconti perdono il loro fascino ed entrano semplicemente a far parte del grande "archivio" dove solitamente riponiamo tutte le storie sentite e risentite ma la cui conoscenza è utile unicamente per un mero fatto di cultura generale. Non bisogna fare così: fa bene ritornare bambini, di tanto in tanto.
In quanto ai libri dell nostra cara...more
Michael
Jan 01, 2012 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the young and the young at heart
Recommended to Michael by: my son David
Beautiful...charming...fun...non-sense. The words were crafted in such a manner that had a rhythm and tempo that made the reading that much more pleasurable. I love all kinds of mushrooms and I think Lewis Carroll did too.

As I read, I could almost hear Grace Slick singing about the White Rabbit. Oh, I had such a crush on that woman when I was a teenager....mgc
Priscilla
3.5 actually, but still a fun read!

Initial thoughts:
1. I loved that the story begins right away. Lewis Carroll does not waste any time.
2. I really enjoyed all the weird characters and dialogue. Really fun, and just enough random for me. (I think it's because I already know what happens :P)
3. The poems throughout the stories are awesome. Another fun factor.
4. The Cheshire Cat, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum are my favourite characters. Loved the cat for his creepiness, and loved the twins for thei...more
Brandon
This book is not simply a children's story.
This book is definitely not simply the recipe for an acid trip (this goes to you Jefferson Airplane!)
This book is an insane, beautiful, complex work of prose that has yet to be matched.
indri
Feb 08, 2010 indri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: panda
Recommended to indri by: naga, miz leli, qui
Shelves: classic, sastra-dunia
#2010-11#

Setelah mendapatkan versi orisinalnya, ternyata cerita yang dibaca lagi sesudah dewasa benar2 luar biasa.. Buku yang terdiri dari dua cerita ini benar2 berisi permainan logika dan kata2 yang dirangkai dalam pengetahuan anak 7 tahun bernama Alice.

Alice adventure's in wonderland
Apa yang kamu rasa dunia benar2 nggak praktis? Ketika pertanyaan yang kamu ajukan dijawab2 dengan pertanyaan lagi?
Apa yang terjadi di balik minuman 'drink me' atau biskuit 'eat me'? Pertemuan di Mad Tea Party, d...more
Michael Havens
The beginning of this review must not be understated. What have I been missing all these years? Admittedly, this is a first read. And while chucking the shame of having not read it until 41 (yes, that is the current age of said reviewer!), I am flushed with pleasure of having made the trip(they were originally published separately). On reading it, I quickly noticed Carroll's playing out, if not outright scorn, for logical fallacies, and while on a few occasions Alice displays a few of her own,...more
Steven
One of the best things about my recent pursuit to read more of the classics is that I have exposed myself to numerous books, such as these two, in which I was familiar with the story, but simply had not read. Quite simply, it was charming and beautiful and more vivid that I ever imagined. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is no doubt the better of the two with the richer characters of the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle, etc., but “Through the Looking Glass,” is not bad either,...more
Cindy
Part of my May/June British Invasion.
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Five stars to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, four stars to Through the Looking Glass, because I just can't abide shaking poor kitties.

I had no idea Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the unbirthdays were from Through the Looking Glass. And I was very sad that nowhere did anyone say "Feed your head." Now if I could just stop falling off my horse, I could recite to you a little conversation that sums up the books nicely.

"I can't believe that!" said A...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I’m really not a big fan of children or children’s minds, dreams and fantasies but Alice in Wonderland was always a concept I admired. A human’s mind is such a complex thing; it helped us reach what we are today, surrounded by technology, art, architecture and whatnot. It’s sad that eventually most of us grow out of this childhood way of thinking. We want to become mature, ignore the silly things we used to like when we were young. We tend to go towards “mature” things that eventually end up tra...more
Marvin
It can now be revealed the true genius of Lewis Carroll, a man whose gift of prophecy rivals that of Nostradamus. For in the hindsight of the 21st century, it becomes obvious that the tale of Alice's Adventure in Wonderland is actually a prediction of where The United States of America is going. Alice is...

Sarah Palin.

It all fits together so well. Alice is lured into Wonderland (national politics)) by a white rabbit (John McCain) who is as late for the festivities as McCain was for the president...more
Jennifer Braxton
This book wasn't at all what I thought it was. All these years, I thought it would be this trippy, completely balmy story, that people read while they were stoned. Turns out, it's just an average book, with a little bit of nonsense thrown in. I really enjoyed the Jabberwocky poem. The rest of the book was just an average children's story. In fact, it was rather a push to get through, which is unusual to me. No matter - it's still a rather referenced piece of literature.

The fact, though, that Wik...more
Kyle
Though they are two distinct novels, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are often published together in a single volume (title above). Together they represent the masterpieces of Lewis Carroll (a.k.a., The Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), and one of the pillars of classic children's literature.

Lewis Carroll wrote with an imagination, wit, and brilliance unmatched by children's writers to this day. The characters in these books will remain with the reader for the rest of their live...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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