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The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition Hardcover – November 17, 1999
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"What is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations!"
Readers who share Alice's taste in books will be more than satisfied with The Annotated Alice, a volume that includes not only pictures and conversations, but a thorough gloss on the text as well. There may be some, like G.K. Chesterton, who abhor the notion of putting Lewis Carroll's masterpiece under a microscope and analyzing it within an inch of its whimsical life. But as Martin Gardner points out in his introduction, so much of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is composed of private jokes and details of Victorian manners and mores that modern audiences are not likely to catch. Yes, Alice can be enjoyed on its own merits, but The Annotated Alice appeals to the nosy parker in all of us. Thus we learn, for example, that the source of the mouse's tale may have been Alfred Lord Tennyson who "once told Carroll that he had dreamed a lengthy poem about fairies, which began with very long lines, then the lines got shorter and shorter until the poem ended with fifty or sixty lines of two syllables each." And that, contrary to popular belief, the Mad Hatter character was not a parody of then Prime Minister Gladstone, but rather was based on an Oxford furniture dealer named Theophilus Carter.
Gardner's annotations run the gamut from the factual and historical to the speculative and are, in their own way, quite as fascinating as the text they refer to. Occasionally, he even comments on himself, as when he quotes a fellow annotator of Alice, James Kincaid: "The historical context does not call for a gloss but the passage provides an opportunity to point out the ambivalence that may attend the central figure and her desire to grow up." And then follows with a charming riposte: "I thank Mr. Kincaid for supporting my own rambling." There's a lot of information in the margins (indeed, the page is pretty evenly divided between Carroll's text and Gardner's), but the ramblings turn out to be well worth the time. So hand over your old copy of Lewis Carroll's classic to the kids--this Alice in Wonderland is intended entirely for adults. --Alix Wilber
From Library Journal
Clarkson Potter published The Annotated Alice in 1960, and Gardner published the sequel More Annotated Alice in 1990. Here, Gardner combines and expands both to produce The Definitive Edition. This presents the full texts of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, and "The Wasp in a Wig," a "suppressed" chapter of Looking-Glass. Each of these texts is accompanied by a lengthy marginal commentary that identifies historical and literary references and allusions, explains Carroll's logical and mathematical puzzles, and interprets colloquialisms and idiomatic expressions. Gardner's commentary is sufficiently detailed to be informative without burdening Alice with excessive pedantic baggage. The Definitive Edition also includes Tenniel's original illustrations and an exhaustive annotated list by David Shaefer of Alice on the screen. This is a happy contribution to those who appreciate Lewis Carroll.
-Thomas L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, GA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
So on our anniversary I looked and looked. I found it here! I couldn't have been more happy about my purchase, and my girlfriend was absolutely overwhelmingly ecstatic and loves it. Amazing in every way
I'll make this short, as I don't think that a lot of words need to be used to simply say: Where's the story? Where's the poetry and the songs that make the original full of various style and prose? The flow of this copy is off! I noticed it right from the beginning, when Alice is falling down the rabbit hole. The fall, in the original, makes the reader feel the full depth of the situation. Alice even wonders if she may be falling 'through the center of the Earth and through to the other side.' Much of the internal dialogue is cut short, to a rather unsatisfying, 'Hey, she is falling. She landed. Bravo! Rabbit and such.'
Stories from the original are missing. (Edited out.) Poetry and verses are completely omitted.
If you are a Lewis Carroll fan, or a fan of the original Alice - Do yourself a favor: Pass up the cheap price here. You'd even be better off finding a good, decent, non-edited (ruined) free copy from somewhere.
HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED. Nowhere does Amazon or the publisher mention what has been omitted.
Through the Looking Glass is more logical than Wonderland, Alice is moving across the land square by square like a chess board, and meeting characters in each square. It still seems like a dream but it's less... trippy. I also like Alice herself more in the second book, she's less argumentative and confused. Some of her fancies are so sweet, like when Alice describes the snow loving the trees and fields and kissing them gently.
I think Wonderland has the better characters, with the Chesire Cat, Mad Hatter, and the white rabbit, while Looking Glass has the better poetry with Walrus and the Carpenter and The Jabberwocky. It's billed as a children's story but the puns tickled my funny bone and I enjoyed it much more hearing it as an adult.
I listened to the audible version by Jack Nolan, and he did a great job as narrator, he gave each character a separate speaking voice but they weren't overdone. They fit in really well and didn't distract from the story. I really liked the cool editing feature during the first attempt at The Jabberwocky!
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