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

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  389,125 Ratings  ·  8,160 Reviews
Weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations," the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground--to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat--each more eccentric than
Mass Market Paperback, 239 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published July 4th 1865)
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J.G. Keely
May 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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 charac
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
And causing unpleasant dreams for young children for over 150 years now.
توی بخشی از داستان "آن سوی آینه"، آلیس به جنگلی می رسه که هر کس واردش بشه، فراموش میکنه کیه. 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، قدم میزنن تا از جنگل خارج میشن. همین که از جنگل فراموشی 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 زمرۀ طنز بی معن
Jason Koivu
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Anna *no longer in use*
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 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
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Levi Walls
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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, although there are underlying themes, but I have never had such fun w
Karly *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...

Error corrected!

I think everyone i
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sep 01, 2009 rated it liked it
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 revelation, of
Scarlet Cameo
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-15
Relectura....y varios años despues me sigue encantando

No hay nada que pueda decir que la opinión de Virginia Wolf acerca de estos libro no pueda decir por mi

"Los libros de Alicia no son libros son para niños, son los únicos libros que nos convierten en niños."
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stoners, pot-heads, poetry lovers, weird stuff, trippy things
Recommended to Jason by: It's a classic
Shelves: classics, 2012
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
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Frogy (Ivana)
Alisa u zemlji čuda 5*
Alisa sa druge strane ogledala 4*
One of my favourite books from my childhood and I still adore it now, fantastic!
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
HEY! don’t come around here no more

What can I say here to add to the mix? Maybe that it’s inspired some FREAKY art over the years. See, e.g., Tom Petty’s Mad Hatter themed video in MTV’s golden age for “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”
I don't feel you any more
you darken my door
Whatever you're looking for
Hey! don't come around here no more
I've given up, honey please admit it’s over

HEY! don’t come around here no more”

RIP Head Heartbreaker

Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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, but it was young Ali
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chciałabym o niej dużo powiedzieć, ale wydaje mi się, że nie mam tylu słów.

• Jak możecie się domyślać: miłość mocno.

• Alicji nie znosiłam zarówno w "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", jak i w "Through the Looking Glass" - raczej nic już tego nie zmieni.

• Ale kocham styl pisania Carrolla, jego wyobraźnię, tę niedorzeczność i przede wszystkim humor: uwielbiam jego gry słowne i przedstawienie niektórych postaci.

• O tej książce można byłoby mówić i mówić i nigdy nie wyczerpalibyśmy do końca tematu.

"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

Yep, I'm convinced that Lewis Carroll was a slimeball (this documentary officially converted me - but I think Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass was revolutionary.

Fun fact: I suffer with the same temporal lobe epilepsy as Lewis Carroll. This entails hemiplegic migraines and hallucinations which are funnily enough referred to a
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that is fantastic when you are a child, but even more remarkable when you reread it as an adult. It is a bottomless pit of creativity and uniqueness and it ignites ones imagination in ways very few books can. I didn't merely read this book, I went on that adventure with Alice in my own mind, creating gorgeous visuals from Carroll's lovely prose. Such a delight.
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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.

More about Lewis Carroll...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2 books)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
“She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).” 5426 likes
“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?” 3217 likes
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