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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics) Paperback – May 1, 1984
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“Only Lewis Carroll has shown us the world upside down as a child sees it, and has made us laugh as children laugh.” —Virginia Woolf
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In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books--with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.--by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children's literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about a trials and tribulations of growing up--or down, or all turned round--as seen through the expert eyes of a child.
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Furthermore, considering it contains both books, plus the excellent Hunting of the Snark, it is a fantastic price.
However, there are still some glaring mistakes, such as some formatting bugs in a few of the poems and spelling errors in places (such as at the start of Looking Glass, where some of the Ls are replaced with 1s - I guess a scanner did the 'writing here').
5 stars for the great price and superior formatting over the other options. -1 star for the glaring lack of proof reading from the publisher.
Wonderland: ISBN-10: 1402768354 ISBN-13: 978-1402768354
Looking Glass: ISBN-10: 0957148399 ISBN-13: 978-0957148390
"The Complete Alice: with the Original Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel in Full Colour" is my pick of editions with Tenniel's classic (and brilliant!) illustrations. Full colour adds so much! This is a beautifully designed book for the most part. I just find it too WHITE! I understand why they went with a white cover, but they really should have found a way to make red work. I object on historical, artistic, & practical grounds. The inside has the same problem: too much white space to even look right. I wish they'd either kept the print & picture size the same but made the book smaller & less cumbersome, or else enlarged the printed portion to use more of each oversized page. Still, it's a pretty impressive presentation. After hours of research & comparison, this (ISBN-10: 1627794352 ISBN-13: 978-1627794350) it's the copy I chose for my daughter. That says a lot, considering how frustrated I am with some of the publisher's choices!
Adult fans & older children might share my enjoyment of John Vernon Lord's interpretations.
Since Alice can seem quite a daunting book to the target-aged independent reader, I love the idea of publishing 'Alice' in a boxed set of 22 miniature hardcover volumes. Imagine a fancy shoebox of sturdy, tiny Alice books on your child's shelf at home, or second-graders racing each other for the next volume at school! Unfortunately, Oxenbury's illustrations practically ruin the story. The modernization of Alice wasn't the big issue for me. The problem is far more serious: Oxenbury's artwork does not match the tone of Carroll's story AT ALL. I adore some of Oxenbury's books--and the pictures in this one are cute, too. I don't think Oxenbury was trying to make any statement. (If so, it doesn't work.) It seems she just didn't adapt her style to the author's. I wish someone else would give this concept a try. Little kids may be too intimidated to even start a long classic, because they fear 'failure'. Contrariwise, the success of finishing one short (yet respectable) book just makes them eager to read the next! But the illustrations have got to work.
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The illustrations are stunning, I mean really truly exquisite and beautiful to behold.Read more