Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass Author:Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), who wrote fiction and poetry under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an Oxford don and the author of many articles and several books on mathematics and symbolic logic. As a mathematician, Dodgeson was too staid and conservative to be an innovator in his field. By all accounts he was dreadfully dull as a tea... more »cher, too.
But in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Carroll let his imagination run unrestrained, creating perfect alternative worlds at the bottom of a rabbit hole and on the other side of a mirror. Populated by cretures each more bizarre than the last--including the Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire-Cat, and Teedledum and Tweedledee--these dream worlds defy logic, even as they deify it, and remind us how vexed the process of growing up is.
This edition contains the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, which are minor classics in their own right.« less
This summer we went to England and out to Oxford, where the real Alice lived. At ChristChurch I had to admit to the docent there that I, a well-read,55 year-old, had NEVER read Alice in Wonderland. I saw the movies. But never went to the source. I'm so glad that I was shamed into ordering a copy from PBS. I am now entirely literate! What a charming book, not just for kids! How odd it is that so very little of the specialness made it into the movies. If you are like I was, read it! You'll be so glad you did.
Missie H. (sykin) reviewed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass on
Helpful Score: 2
Disney's Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies, and maybe that's why I didn't like the book much. I grew up watching the movie instead. I don't know what it is about this book, but I can't get through it. I've been trying to read it for so long now - and it's a relatively thin book! But I can't do it. I get so exhausted while trying to read it. I don't know if it's because I'm trying to make sense of all the nonsense or what. I wish I could get through it. Perhaps I'll have to get it on audiobook so I can let my imagination run wild while listening to it being read to me.
I picked up this classic after watching the new 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland. I was very excited to read this classic story since I had grown up on the Disney version as well. Well...let's just say that this is interesting. I got through it finally, but the jargon and innuendo of the Victorian times that this story was written in was completely lost on me. I would love to say that I enjoyed the story and that it will be a "keeper" in my library, but it sadly will not be.
I am glad to say that I "read" the story which means that I read the words and turned the pages, but probably comprehended about 70% of the story. It was not entertaining because I was having to look up much of the Victorian vernacular. Many of the colloquialisms had to do with politics and societal differences. I figure as I read more about Victorian times much more of the story will make sense. Kudos to those of you who understood and enjoyed this story.