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Alice: Adventure in Wonderland + Through the Looking Glass

(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #1-2)

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This book combines the two classic books from Lewis Carroll telling of Alice's adventure in Wonderland and continued journey in Through the Looking Glass. Active table of contents.
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published May 27th 2014 (first published 1871)
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Debra Petersen No, it's not. It's fairly Modern English. In fact, Shakespeare is Modern English because you can read it and still understand most if not all the…moreNo, it's not. It's fairly Modern English. In fact, Shakespeare is Modern English because you can read it and still understand most if not all the meaning. Middle English would be considered not modern because you have to study it to really comprehend it (before the great vowel movement and modern spelling), but Alice in Wonderland is more Modern English. Shakespeare (Elizabethan time period) and Alice in Wonderland (Victorian Children’s Literature) were written a few hundred years a part and therefore aren’t really comparable as far as modern dialect is concerned.(less)
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J.G. 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

It’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, plus Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, plus a ton of critical analysis and fun facts and biographical info and poetry and background and cultural and period information and bonus illustrations and basically all you need or could ever want to know, except if you’re me and your love for and curiosity about Alice and Lewis Carroll and Wonderland will never be satiated.

And also it’s about a squar
Henry Avila
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreams , figments of the wondrous mind, what things can it create...A little girl named Alice, 7 with her big sister a few years older, sitting on the banks of the gentle river Thames, on a calm , warm sunny day, in 1862 how delightful , still she is bored watching her sibling read a book, not paying any attention to her, with no pictures, imagine that... getting sleepy...Out of nowhere a nervous White Rabbit dashes by Alice, no big deal even though it has clothes on, not thinking it peculiar wh ...more
“Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.”

If I ever had to choose to be another literary person than my beloved soulmate Don Quixote, it would have to be Alice in Wonderland. Why would I need to be another character than the one and only Don? Well, it is good to have a backup if you are asked to come to a masquerade as a favourite book character (a not complet
Curiouser and curiouser edition!

This is the annotated edition, collecting both novels in the Alice book series: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice found There”.


Begin at the beginning…

This was technically a re-reading since I’ve already read both novels previously, the key difference here was that this is an “annotated” edition, which includes a comprehensive section, at the end of each chapter, with tons of notes revealing “behind-the-scenes”/>
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.
Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Then Alice saw a large wall in the middle distance. Someone was sitting on the top of it. When Alice had come within a few yards of it, she saw that the thing sitting on the wall had eyes and a nose and mouth and a large pile of golden hair; and when she had come very close, she saw clearly that it was TRUMPTY DUMPTY himself. "It must be him because that’s what is written on his baseball cap," she said to herself. He was already speaking to her.

“They said I wouldn’t build the wall and I built t
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
Joey Woolfardis
“But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here.”

150 years ago, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson welcomed a new Dean to Christ Church College, Oxford, along with his family, including the three daughters, Lorina, Edith and Alice. Charles had been writing prose and poetry since a very young age,
And causing unpleasant dreams for young children for over 150 years now.
JV (semi-hiatus)
What a bunch of codswallop! Trying to find something rational in these bizarre characters and perplexing adventures will result in one's disappointment, and indeed, you will find none of it. For if you were to put logical reasoning into the picture, you'll need heaps of Ibuprofen to pacify that throbbing headache of yours, which I did on my first day of reading Alice's adventures. By the second day, I've decided to throw out the logical and embrace lunacy for Pete's sake. It was better and made ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
868. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a novel by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Set some six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. Through the Looking-Glass includes such celebrated verses as "Jabbe
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-preteen
I was noticing a new friend’s book shelf and how he likes children’s books just as I do. He had read Alice in Wonderland. I had read it as a child. I ask myself: Did I really like that book back then? Was it just given to me and that was all I had to read? Did my mother pick my books? And why were they always a certain kind of book, like Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz? Why were they not Robinson and Crusoe and Treasure Island?

I can’t imagine liking these books now. I don’t like fantasy except
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

Once upon a time I had a very handsome edition of this in two volumes in a red slipcase, I gave it away, I have vague memories of having had a very cheap paperback edition too but rereading I found an old copy of my mother's which comes with explanatory notes drawn from The Annotated
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 fell flat
What kind of drug-addled haze was he on? I mean, sure, the author was a respected mathematician and all... OH, WAIT! Nevermind.

The only thing that I can't quite wrap my head around is the fact he focused mostly on geometry. And he didn't live during the times of quantum theory.

Of course, if he had been dealing with the quantum nightmare, Dodgson's Alice would read more like a cat that was both alive and dead at the same time rather than that grinning ghostly monstrosity.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For the "Curiouser and curiouser"
Shelves: read-in-2015
“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 its 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 forStars
M. D.  Hudson
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The IT Engineer's Lad

What is it inside this internet, I asked the young lad,
The computer expert replied,
Why Ma'am, it's web servers and routers,
And connections between computers,
That cannot ever be fried.

What lies on those servers then, I asked the young lad,
The boy gazing up now replied,
Oh Ma'am, blogs and e-mail, at night porn and streams,
Zombies and splatter and car chasing dreams,
What wonders out there can be spied?

Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Randomness GALORE...! ...& yet, is not that the reason the Disney tale is such a part of my early formative years?

Obviously, the Disney film is a combination of both books. As Alice wakes in the first book from her wacky adventures that all but defies psychoanalysis, her sister dreams about her sister dreaming. The second volume, as Alice is brought back to "waking life" from the Looking-glass House, she realizes that one of her feline pals has dreamt HER adventure. This last rev
Kimberley doruyter
one of my all time favorite books, so the re-read was a pleasure as always.
but this barnes and noble edit made it even better with the beautiful colour pics and the book looks really pretty on my shelf.
Shirley Revill
One of my favourite books and still loved by my Grandchildren today. Pure nostalgia.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We're all a little mad here.

This is one of THE children's classics that almost everyone on this planet knows or has at least heard of. There are numerous adaptations for the screen (small and large) but, as usual, the book is best.

The story is that of young Alice, following White Rabbit into a rabbit hole and thus landing in Wonderland. There, she encounters the Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, Mad Hatter and a host of other characters - all full of silliness - before returning to her world (appar
Levi Walls
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will make you dumb.......
'cause it will leave you speechless (Do you SEE what i did there? Or are you blind too?)
I absolutely hated it
It was amazing!
No one should ever read this book
Go out and read it right away
I say
Callooh!! Callay!!
Yes, read this curiouser thing today!

On a side note, I have literally been loudly proclaiming Callooh!! Callay!! in my head all day long. 😂
Reading this book, it all seems to be nonsense, alt
Tenniel is usually held up as the perfect illustrator for Alice, but, fond as I am of his drawings, I do love these rather quirkier Peake illustrations.

Some day I'll have to get around to reviewing the actual words. ;)
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

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...

Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"

So she was considering in her own mind, (as she could, because the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble o
One of my favourite books from my childhood and I still adore it now, fantastic!
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: okay
I've read the first book a few times, but finally decided to read both. Alice as a character is very easy for me to identify with. All the same, I would be lying if I said I still feel that this is a masterpiece. It can be a headache to read. I much prefer the original Disney film - it has always been a favourite. The Tim Burton one is lovely as well. This is one of the few books I've come to love more as an adaptation.

I've read the first book a few times, but finally decided to read both. Alice as a character is very easy for me to identify with. All the same, I would be lying if I said I still feel that this is a masterpiece. It can be a headache to read. I much prefer the original Disney film - it has always been a favourite. The Tim Burton one is lovely as well. This is one of the few books I've come to love more as an adaptation.

Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2 books)
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