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The Complete Illustrated Works

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Famed for his Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Caroll produced comic verse, puzzles and much more, all of which are included in this complete illustrated collection.
Hardcover, 864 pages
Published October 1st 1982 by Chancellor Press (first published 1898)
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This has turned into one of my, "at home" books; I dare you to take it into public. It's like bound spontaneous laughter.

"Well, now that we have seen each other," said the Unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?"
This volume will stay with me for my entire life. It was the first "grown-up" book I ever received -- as a gift from a stranger whose name escapes me. Whoever it was, they changed my life. Stepping into Carroll's world opened my mind to the possibilities of the human imagination, the concept of math as art, and interested me in the man behind the genius.
Alexis Fedor
For me, who hasn't read these stories all the way through, I find my imagination stimulated with each short sitting.
Nov 11, 2008 A rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys the work of Lewis Carroll
I consider the "Alice" books and Carroll's nonsense poems some of the greatest works in the English language. Viewing the full scope of his work in this hefty tome, it's difficult to say everything else reaches the same level, which is why I dock a star. The "Sylvie & Bruno" novels are interesting, more adult versions of his surreal fantasy with overt nods to fairy lore, but they oddly suffer from moralism and sentimentality. His early poetry is strikingly very Victorian and not always bad,...more
Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
This review will be sort of split up by section, since there's a wide variety of material in this book.

The book starts out with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Of course, this story is simply delightful. I'd read it before, and it's what made me figure I'd enjoy Carroll's complete works. It has just the right amount of nonsense, and the characters are simply delightful. And this is one of those books that was adapted to film so well that having seen the movie actually increases my enjoyment of...more
Michael Palmer
The Compete Lewis Carroll is one of a very short list of books I've begun and couldn't get myself to finish. I derived no enjoyment from the book at a certain point and that is where I stopped (Sylvie and Bruno chapter 7). I realized for the last few chapters I had been wondering to myself "how much longer until this is book is done?!". When reading feels like an obligation and chore the book will always be shelved.

The Alice stories weren't terrible and themselves would have likely received a 2...more
Heather Mar
This book is amazing. When I first saw it i challenged myself to read the whole thing. Good thing i did. It was great it made me laugh, it made me cry. But the best thing was all of the things that it made me think about. So if your thinking about reading this i definitely would.
Justin Anthony
I bought this book solely for Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and stopped reading after Through the Looking Glass although I may pick it up later on.

Reading this book makes me wonder how it would be interpreted by someone reading it 100 years ago and if it would have been as strange then as it is today. Carroll is a very imaginative writer and has so many characters that come from all over it really is fun to read is stories.

Reading Carroll’s writing made me think a little of...more
This book was really good. It was good to read the actual Alice books. I liked Through the Looking Glass better because of it's chess theme. I was familiar with The Hunting of the Snark (through the musical) so that was an interesting read as well. Then came some logic and mathematical puzzles most of which I didn't work out, but were still kind of fun. The book also contained some blah blah blah boring poems.

My favorite part of the book was reading Sylvie and Bruno, a fabulous tale of fairies a...more
Apr 20, 2010 Thuraya rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Someone looking for a little nostalgia or just brushing up on the classics. And mothers.
Recommended to Thuraya by: It's the selected April 2010 Book for The Richmond Book Club.
Shelves: book-club-books
(at page 114)- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

I've just finished reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" which is the book being discussed at The Richmond Bookclub this month (April 2010). All I knew of this story was the Disney movie version and was excited to read the original tale.

There's no doubt that Lewis Carroll is a writer of wit and imagination--and I respect Alice's place within the realm of "The Classics"--but I found myself at times weary of its absurd and repetitive nature. And...more
Meh. Lewis Carroll has never really been my idea of a good time, and I wondered if reading the complete works would change my mind. It hasn't. I can acknowledge the quality of his prose, the cleverness of some of his verse, but on the whole the subject matter treated and the way in which it is treated don't interest me much. Incidentally, lest I be thought a slave to fashion, I would like to point out that when I undertook to read the complete works of Lewis Carroll I was unaware of the big-budg...more
Capisco che per tollerare tutto questo nonsense bisogni essere abbastanza "slegati", come in effetti mi sento io.
Ma, anche in relativamente poche pagine, Carrol riesce a mettere un'intera esplosione di fuochi d'artificio verbali che, ogni volta che lo si apre, si scopre qualche nuova frase o spunto che ti era sfuggito magari solo un mese prima.
Cosa mi ha colpito di più? Adesso, l'irriverenza contro il potere, il far vedere quanto siano piccole le prepotenze di chi ci sta teoricamente sopra e q...more
I have to admit that I only read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass -- I tried to read the rest but sadly they didn't hold my interest as much as the two I picked the book up for in the first place.

I wanted to reread them for purposes involving work, so I was reading them with a particular slant and an eye towards mentions of fragrances, but I kept getting sidetracked with the logic puzzles and the fun poetry and the general amazing imagery that grabbed me as a child and has neve...more
Lewis Carroll is one of my top three favourite authors of all time and this is indeed the greatest collection of his works. It has everything and then some plus MORE!!!!!
I've always loved the tales of Alice and the Looking Glass, but to me, they're nothing compared to the charming wit lashed out from every corner throughout Sylvie and Bruno. Plus all the acrostics, poetry, letters, mathematical devices and clever word problems - they are all such a delight.
Everything in here just says one thing:...more
Overall I enjoyed reading this collection. "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" were amazing, of course. I also really liked "Sylvie and Bruno." All three were imaginative and unique. However, "Sylvie and Bruno Concluded" was not nearly as well done. It seemed like the author simply took the established characters and used them to rant about his own opinions of society and religion. Most of the prose by Carroll is enjoyable, but some of it seemed rather forced. As I said, I like...more
I found this in a bookstore in Myrtle Beach and was ecstatic. It had "The Hunting of the Snark", which I h ad heard of, but never read, and the Sylvie and Bruno books, which I had never even heard about, with a other stuff that was all bonus.

Sylvie and Bruno are nothing like Alice. They are, frankly, very sweet.

I particularly dug the Sillygisms after I had taken Logic in college, five years later.

I have had to buy a second copy and it is pretty beat up, but I'm not willing for it to be absent fr...more
This is a nice volume containing all of Lewis Carroll's works, including the accompanying artwork. I've done a number of reviews of other editions of Carroll's nonsense books.

The Hunting of the Snark ***** One of my favorite books. See my review here:

Phantasmagoria *** This includes a couple fantastic poems, but it's not as good or as consistent as THe Hunting of the Snark or the Alice books. See my review here:

Pieter Brouwer
I'm finished... that is to say: I read the two classics at the beginning (Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass), but I didn't like them much (but it's good I've read them because of intertextual stuff). The tales and poetry after that were worse, so I stopped and now the book is waiting for another parent. I know many people do like Lewis Carroll, but to me it was only gibberish, so called 'funny' dreamish dialogues and bad word-jokes. Sorry if I hurt some readers, but that is what is was fo...more
Meirav Rath
Jul 06, 2008 Meirav Rath rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Pedophiles...
Shelves: fiction
I gave up in the middle of the Bruno and Sylvie saga. The Alice in Wonderland stories were fun and interesting to read but by the saga the nonsense and the bizzare attraction to young girls who are a symbol of prefection was getting on my nerves. Call me a cold-hearted person but there's only so much strangely-placed nonsese I can tolerate and if there's too much child-adoration and not enough plot I give up.

Don't bother with the whole collection; Alice's stories are quite enough to enjoy Carrol...more
I don't think I'm LEARNING anything from this book, but we'll see...oh, yes, I did learn something about the correct pronounciations of the nonsense in Jabberwocky...which is not nonsense after all, apparently.

Now that I've finished it, it wasn't all that bad. I skipped the Alice parts to read all the stuff I hadn't read yet.

Carroll was a brilliant poet, and he wasn't a bad novelist, either. I think he was a Christian, though he had funny ideas about the perfection of children.
La pointe de la sauce
'If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.'
Lewis Caroll's writing borders on bizarre, brilliant and complete nonsense. I enjoyed Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass but the rest of his work -Bruno et al- crosses too deep into the land of artistic nonsense and lacks any coherence or theme.
Though this works well in Alice's dreamlike world it just didn't captivate me as much in Bruno.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Truly a wonderful story! Never read anything like it before, the characters are lovely and amusing, it is just wonderfully mad! The poems are lovely!

Through the Looking-Glass & What Alice Found There - Lovely poems and interesting story, don't quite like it as much as I did Wonderland, but perhaps one needs to understand chess to fully understand this story?
Lauren Clarke
words fail me. i love lewis carroll, and am blown away by his poetry. a tangled tale and phantasmagoria especially.
Scott Holmes
I read the Alice stories and on a number of occasions tried several of the others but found I couldn't do it. It's difficult to tell if the Alice stories are truly as good as we'd like to think or if the images have been so thoroughly impregnated into out brains through Disneyfication that we over rate their value. Not to mention Grace Slick's take on the tale.
Ok, so I haven't had time to read the entire book yet, but I read all the Alice stories (unabridged) when I was a teen, and this book is quite the treasure. In addition to the Alice stories you would expect, this edition includes funny little word puzzles and such that I found wonderful. If you have only read Alice, you have missed half the man's genius!
I got this edition for Christmas... and oh is it pretty. All the illustrations, everything Carroll wrote, even some copies of his original Alice manuscript, handwritten. It is so pretty with its leather binding and its gold leaf. It is one of these books that is just... Ah... I sort of wish every book on my bookshelf looked like this one.
I bought this Barnes and Noble edition when it first came out and it has and off! It is now a mega rare book and very a beautiful one at that. It has all the stories in one big leather bound book with gold edged pages, a stamp and ribbon. I believe that the illustrations are the originals. The stories aren't dumbed down and I really enjoy them.
I'll never forget the first time I read "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There." I freaked out because I still had the Disney image in my head; I didn't expect it to be somewhat disturbing. I couldn't put it down and the rest of his works are just as good.
Mar 04, 2008 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy freaks and fairy fans, plus their kids!
A wonderful edition of some wonderful writing. This version is one of my most prized books as it contains Carroll's original sketchings and several other versions of not just Alice but also his poetry, math problems, and his two novels about the fairy children, Bruno and Sylvie.
i bought this book, because me being a bookworm (=p) i feel in love with the leatherbound cover. the stories inside of it were just as great. the classic, alice's adventures in wonderland and through the looking glass will live on for a loong time.
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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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