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

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  319,212 ratings  ·  5,934 reviews
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Clas ...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published 1871)
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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
“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
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.
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
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
May 30, 2015 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For the "Curiouser and curiouser"
“We're all mad here.”

In a journey through these two magical little stories, you will find:
a Charming World,
a Curious little girl,
whimsical characters
and a lot of


And that's it's appeal.

Story 1- Alice's Adventures In Wonderland : 5 Stars

In short: Alice falls through a rabbit hole and lands in Wonderland. Strange shit happens.

I was suprised at how much I adored this book. I just started reading it and I couldn't stop. Even though you could say I'm way too old for it, you are never real
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
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
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
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*

C, is for Carroll.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

4 Stars

Alice thought she had never seen such a curious croquet ground in her life: it was all ridges and furrows; the croquet balls were live hedgehogs, and the mallets live flamingoes, and the soldiers had to double themselves up and stand on their hands and feet to make the arches.

I have been in love with this bizzare seemingly drug-fuelled story for a very long time, and yet – somehow – had never read it...

Error corrected!

I think everyone i
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
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
I have no idea how many times I've read & watched various versions of this, but it was nice to listen to the entire two books (novellas really) as originally written. All the bastardized versions tend to mix the two until I can't keep them straight.

This is not the correct edition. Mine is read by Christopher Plummer who does a great job, although the volume isn't well done. Soft voices get too low to hear, but if I crank up the volume, the louder ones are too loud. Jabberwock was especially
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
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 Yates
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
“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
Huda Aweys
The story of a girl who fell into the rabbit hole to enter into this fantasy world for as long as filled my mind
Now I think the bunny hole and that the fantasy world was our permanent getaway from reality .. It is .. when the escape from reality to fantasy come real !
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
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
توی بخشی از داستان "آن سوی آینه"، آلیس به جنگلی می رسه که هر کس واردش بشه، فراموش میکنه کی هستش. آلیس، كه یادش رفته آلیسه، یه بچّه آهو می بینه که اون هم یادش رفته آهوئه. با هم دیگه دوست میشن و دست در گردن هم دیگه، میرن تا از جنگل خارج میشن. بلافاصله آهو یادش میاد که آهوئه و آلیس انسانه، وحشت می کنه و فرار می کنه.

این قسمت داستان، من رو مبهوت کرد. ساختار داستان های "آلیس در سرزمین عجایب" جوریه که تقریباً هیچ معنا و مفهوم مستتری نداره. داستان رو در زمره ی طنز بی معنا دسته بندی میکنن. بیشتر دیالوگ ه
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone “it means just what I chose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel "Through the Looking-glass" are both books that everybody knows at least two things about : they're strange and there's something about a rabbit hole (and perhaps the films, both the animated Disney one as the one by Tim Burton, with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter (and a very pale Anne Hathaway)). Not many peop
Christopher H.
Sep 01, 2009 Christopher H. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christopher by:
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
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
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
Now a short pre-story: I didn't like the animated disney movie, I refused to read this book when I was a child, but after watching the movie version (with Johnny Depp) I decided to give this classic a chance.
I wasn't disappointed. But I felt like I had lost my mind for quite a while and frantically searched for it the following days.

Wonderland was definitely easier for me to handle than Through the Looking-Glass. The chess field and all its characters were too much for my poor mind.
In the seco
I must say I went into this book with very low expectations. I did not think I would enjoy it as much and I had read many negative reviews. However, I ended up thoroughly enjoying it and it is a book I want to read to any children I may have in the future.

Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Alice, the main character, I found many aspects of the book to be funny and relatable. I love how Carroll plays with words, especially in Through the Looking Glass and many of the characters and their rem
Disclaimer: Rating/review for 'Alice in Wonderland' only. 'Through the Looking Glass' to be read at a later date.

BR with Majo, Shii, Denisse, Lizet, Jessica, Betza and Yolanda over at Emma's Tea Party.

Despite this being such a well-known story, I had no idea what to expect when I started it. I'd only ever seen the Disney version of the movie once when I was a child and I hadn't been much impressed with it then. What I found when I picked up this book was a mixture of social satire and extremely
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 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
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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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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” 2658 likes
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