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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
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on August 16, 2015
Gift for daughter. She loves it.
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on August 1, 2015
#BookReview #Alicesadventuresinwonderland and #throughthelookingglass. By #lewiscarrol aka #CharlesDodgson. The Adventures of Alice have been on my reading list for as long as I can remember, which admittedly is not that long. Always gnawing away at the back of my mind, I simply never remembered them at the right time to actually obtain a copy and read them. However, I made it a point this year to read as many #classics as possible, starting with #Aesops tales and continuing with Lewis Carroll’s work. Having now read the book,I absolutely adore it and it deserves to be called a classic in the fullest sense. I have always held that the best work for #children should never condescend to them, but to try and encourage them to explore and grow. Lewis Carroll does this so well that this book is truly an archetype that all other storytellers should emulate. A trained mathematician, Charles Dodgson (Carroll’s real name) uses the idea of dreams to explore logical concepts through absurdity. Concepts such as identity are explored as Alice grows, stretches, shrinks, remembers and forgets (the concept of identity is also interesting to me in the fact that Dodgson will perhaps always be remember by his #nomdeplume). Although I have nothing but cultural context as evidence, I feel there is something #cartesian about the texts methodology. Alice exists, but what does it mean to exist as Alice. She eats eggs, but so do serpents. She remembers her schooling, but then forgets her lessons. Although these topics are presented in amusing absurdities, they are complex topics that still baffle logicians. Of some special interest to me is the fact that Carroll is publishing these works close to the development of the linguistic turn. #GottlobFrege would represent the beginning of the shift in analytic philosophy towards linguistics around 20 years after the publishing of the Alice books. Although this is probably a circumstantial connection, language games play an important role in the work, such as the mouse’s long sad tale, that Alice claims is a long, but certainly not sad “tail”. I would just like to think that as a professional logician, Dodgson was actually ahead of his times intellectually, while ostensibly writing a children’s book. Carroll’s true skill which he should best be remembered for, however, is his ability to present these topics in away that a casual reading will treat them merely as humorous, but more careful readings produce a more complex and fruitful experience. Of the two Alice books, I personally found Adventures in wonderland to be the better book, as I felt looking glass was less cohesive and inspired. Even though I read these books as an adult, I found them just as exciting and fun as I would have as a child. I simply cannot wait to read them again and maybe someday share them with my kids.
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on May 7, 2015
beautiful presentation of the classic woodcuts
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on April 25, 2015
This classic proves enjoyable for all ages; returning to Lewis Carroll’s tales was in fact even more fun as an adult. This edition, re-formatted conveniently for e-readers, is just as lush as the print copy, beautifully illustrated with Tenniel’s work. For those looking to “go down the rabbit hole” one more time and enjoy Alice’s curious adventures at a bargain price, this edition is one not to miss.
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on April 20, 2015
A nice new version of this age-old favourite, which gets a new lease of life from the lovely illustrations included in this version. Well worth reading again, especially to children or grandchildren.
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on April 20, 2015
Another classic brought back to life with an eclectic collection of illustrations. Lovely presentation of this old favourite.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 19, 2015
Great edition of one of my favorite books of all time. The choice of new illustrations combined with the Tenniel sketches made for an enjoyable read.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 19, 2015
Lewis Carroll had such an imagination! His logic made no sense, his sense of humor a little dark; That is why I love this story. Like most people, I first became familiar with "Alice" in the Disney Film "Alice in Wonderland." However, the more recent Tim Burton adaptation is by far my favorite of the two. I have had both of Carroll's Alice books on my list of books to read and I finally got around to this one. His characters are so unique and very colorful. To me his story telling is so vivid, its brilliant. The language in the book may be a little bit of a challenge for some, it can be old and outdated, as are some of the concepts. The illustrations were not what I expected but good for the imagination! However, if you can see past that to the meat of the story, you'll love it!
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on December 15, 2014
Alice in Wonderland is a great classic story, not only in film form by Disney but in literature as well. This book is classic.
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on November 19, 2014
Nice size book with relatively clear pictures.....would recommend it for an inexpensive copy.
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