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The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll
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THIS BOOK IS MY DREAM.

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 square yard and the font is tiny and it weighs about 30 pounds and takes an eternity to read.

I loved this so much that it made my heart hurt to finish it. My version of paradise is probably something like this, where I’m alternating between reading the original text I love more than anything and eloquent, wise, humorous elaboration on things I had never known. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know.

I guess you could say I grew…curiouser and curiouser.

I love myself.

Anyway, my bookmark for this book was a folded-up sheet of lined paper on which I wrote down the titles and works of art and research queries I wanted to know more about as I read. I filled up both sides of that sheet.

Absolutely every aspect of this book is gorgeous and curated and fascinating. I don’t really know how to review this because it basically transcended reading for me.

It was just a perfect experience.

Bottom line: If you love Alice like I do, or really really like it, you need to read this book. It’s a gift. That’s all I can say.

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i have never, in my entire life, cried in public over a book.

until today.

THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY IN PUBLIC!

more of a review to come??
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Ashley I have this too but I haven’t read it yet! Ugh this makes me soooo happy Emma you’ve made my day !


Audrey I got this from the library; now to fit it in to the reading schedule somehow.


emma Ashley wrote: "I have this too but I haven’t read it yet! Ugh this makes me soooo happy Emma you’ve made my day !"

it was a full delight!!


emma Audrey wrote: "I got this from the library; now to fit it in to the reading schedule somehow."

it's a long one but god so worth it


Ashley Have you read the Salvador Dali illustration version? OH MY GODDD it’s beautiful.


emma Ashley wrote: "Have you read the Salvador Dali illustration version? OH MY GODDD it’s beautiful."

no!!! add it to my infinite alice to-buy list


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Gabi I've only cried in public once over a book, and of course THAT'S the moment my brothers' gym teacher comes over to hand me a pamphlet.


emma Gabi wrote: "I've only cried in public once over a book, and of course THAT'S the moment my brothers' gym teacher comes over to hand me a pamphlet."

lol i was at least just tearing up behind sunglasses


Ashley I HAVE to take pics of my Alice collection, just covers :-) can you message me your email? I’m so beyond excited to share!!!! And compare!


Audrey You can share on GR if you first upload them to a photo storage site.


message 11: by Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ (last edited Apr 28, 2018 04:51PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ I have loved this book for years! More people need to know about it.

Also here is a link to an Alice/Jabberwock short story that you might like: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fic...

I know I read another of these Alice short stories a few months ago but I can’t remember the name or author. :/ ETA: Okay, I figured it out, but unfortunately it’s not an online freebie. “Tough Alice” is a story in Jane Yolen’s The Emerald Circus short story collection. It does feature a battle with the Jabberwock, so you should totally find it!


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ AMAZING book! I never truly loved Alice in Wonderland until I read this annotated version.


Lizzie I love Alice as well! (slowly building my collection of different editions), but I haven't got my hands on this one yet, it's a bit pricey :(


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Lizzie, if you don't mind used copies, have you tried Abebooks? They have several copies of this book for three or four dollars each, including shipping. https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear...


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Ginger Thanks for the link! Love ABE <3


message 17: by emma (new) - rated it 5 stars

emma Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ wrote: "AMAZING book! I never truly loved Alice in Wonderland until I read this annotated version."

alice has been my favorite book for a whiiiile and yet...my love for it before i read this pales in comparison to my love for it now


message 18: by emma (new) - rated it 5 stars

emma Lizzie wrote: "I love Alice as well! (slowly building my collection of different editions), but I haven't got my hands on this one yet, it's a bit pricey :("

three cheers for collecting alice editions


message 19: by emma (new) - rated it 5 stars

emma Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ wrote: "Lizzie, if you don't mind used copies, have you tried Abebooks? They have several copies of this book for three or four dollars each, including shipping. https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sear......"

oooh this is a great link!! i got the 150th anniversary edition as a gift (thank god)


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Abebooks is the best! And emma, I am totally jealous of your anniversary edition gift!


message 21: by emma (new) - rated it 5 stars

emma Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ wrote: "Abebooks is the best! And emma, I am totally jealous of your anniversary edition gift!"

it is truly one of my prized possessions


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