Book Review: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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Book Review: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-GlassAlice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Series: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
on March 18th 2010
Genres: Classics, Fantasy
Pages: 72
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1451536186
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Alice in Wonderland (originally published as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Charles Lutwidge Dodson, under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll) has been continuously in print since its publication in 1866. It was the first, and still one of the best, absurdist fantasies for children, and continues to delight children and adults alike. Many of its main characters--the Cheshire cat, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit--are now simply a part of our culture, and allusions to Alice's story are common throughout the past century of literature. This edition is the complete, unabridged, original story, in a handsome new edition featuring, on the cover, a 21st century innovation: a word cloud showing the relative frequency of individual words and phrases within the complete text.

The Good…:

Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic is imaginative and fun! In London, England in 1866, a young girl follows a white rabbit through a rabbit hole, and discovers a magical place she never knew existed. Carroll’s characters are odd, but interesting.

The Bad…:

As a children’s novel the story is short. Carroll’s world is so bizarre and hilarious, that I wish the book had been longer. So much so that I read the next book, Through the Looking-Glass.

The Ugly…:

Alice in Wonderland has been banned for numerous reasons, but the main one I’ve found has been drugs. The surreal world has often be said to cause drug addiction (LOL!). People have even “found” drug references within the story — strange food that will take you to magical places, or alter your perception.

Do I Recommend?

Most definitely!
Book Review: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-GlassThrough the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Series: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Published by Harper Collins on April 23rd 1993
Genres: Young Adult, General
Pages: 228
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780688120498
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

When Through the Looking Glass was published in 1871, readers were as delighted with that book as they were with Lewis Carroll's first masterpiece, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the topsy-turvy world that lies beyond the looking-glass, Alice meets such fantastical characters as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, and the Jabberwock.
For over 120 years John Tenniel's superb illustrations have been the perfect complement to Lewis Carroll's timeless story. This is the first edition of Looking-glass to reproduce Tenniel's exquisite drawings from engravings taken directly from the original woodblocks. Here, Tenniel's fine line work is far crisper, delicate shadings are reproduced with more subtlety, and details never seen before are now visible.
The pictures for the first edition of Looking-glass were created by transferring the artist's drawings to woodblocks. These original blocks served as masters from which metal plates were made for printing. Unfortunately, these plates deteriorated from the repeated pressure applied during the printing process, and over time, many of the fine lines in Tenniel's pictures simply vanished.
The original woodblocks disappeared and were believed lost; then, in 1985 they were discovered in a London bank vault. Now, for the first time, engravings from these woodblocks have been used to produce a deluxe gift edition. At last, readers can see the Looking-glass that Carroll and Tenniel had originally intended.

The Good…:

Once again Lewis Carroll’s Alice finds herself on another adventure. Alice is a little older now, and instead of returning to Wonderland, Alice steps through the looking-glass, and discovers a new magical world filled with strange characters.

The Bad…:

While this novel is thought of as a sequel, the only character from the first novel is Alice. Instead, this story reads like a totally different story as it isn’t exactly a continuation of the first story.

Do I Recommend?

Eh! While I enjoyed reading this story, I found it a tad lacking in comparison to the first story.

About Lewis Carroll

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.

Oxford scholar, Church of England Deacon, University Lecturer in Mathematics and Logic, academic author of learned theses, gifted pioneer of portrait photography, colourful writer of imaginative genius and yet a shy and pedantic man, Lewis Carroll stands pre-eminent in the pantheon of inventive literary geniuses.

He also has works published under his real name.


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