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!Download Book ☩ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There ☩ Alice In Wonderland Was Born On A Golden Afternoon In , Created As An Entertainment For A Party Of Boaters Out For A Day On The Thames Its Creator, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Was A Mathematics Professor, An Introverted Man Who Nevertheless Delighted In Enthralling Children With Stories And Magic Tricks This Day He Devised A Tale Centered On His Favorite Young Friend, Alice Liddell So Enchanted Was She With Her Adventures That She Insisted They Be Written Down For Her To KeepFrom That Beginning Came The Two Books That So Many Have Treasured Since Alice In Wonderland And Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Saw There And Though He Wrote With Alice Liddell In Mind, Dodgson Who Took The Pen Name Lewis Carroll Created A Work That Would Beguile Young And Old Alike The Young Become Immersed In The Narrative Of Alice S Many Strange Adventures, While Adults Better Appreciate Dodgson S Barbed Yet Merry Satires And His Brilliantly Unconventional Use Of LanguageThis Beautiful Volume FeaturesLine Drawings By John Tenniel, Who Worked Under Dodgson S Exacting Supervision, And Eight Color Plates Also Featured Here Is A New Introduction To The Books By Camille Paglia, Author Of Sexual Personae And A Lifelong Alice Fan Many questions arose both around Carroll s alleged drug consumption and mental state of the author and besides himself, nobody will ever know But it has been used to argue for pro drug consumption by hippies, for damnation by all of their political opponents and as part of the myth how authors find inspirations The idea of how the mental state of a writer, or artist in general, influences her his works is evenfascinating, because the thin line between sane imagination and creativity and madness or getting lost in a world one created her himself is a thin and unclear one and just genetic luck or pure coincidence may make the difference between a world building, ingenious and very successful author superstar and severe, lifelong mental illness Mental strength and self discipline, to let the demons work for one instead of killing them, or a small pharmacological help may make the difference between world fame and mental asylum and completely blocking or losing the controllable and not harmful symptoms might destroy the ability to make such works, take away the needed basis of dreams, hallucinations and loss of reality necessary to create unique works A manifestation of how precious and fragile those human egos, fictional surrogates of what the brain wants, are.At a time when there was close to no fantasy literature available, Carroll wrote a precursor of today s bizarro fiction fantasy sci fi crossover horror whatever genre that ought be novels, focussing on the hero s journey of one main plot with the strangeness and surreality of the characters and environment as main driving engines.I don t know where Carroll took his ideas from and what inspired him to invent this tale, as other pioneers of Fantasy tended to use, steal and adapt old mythology, but much of the content is just so bizarre that it doesn t correspond the typical standards of the innocent except the violence, opportunism, sexism, racism, extremism and many other evil isms old tales.Because of the violence and weirdness, I wouldn t consider it as a clean, normal read for all ages any, but closer to the elder kid section A true classic, having a lasting impact on pop culture and many other works and tinkering with the ideas of reality, consciousness and the layers of dimensions that might lie beyond the known three and the realm of interpretations, connotations and innuendos Because it is highly subjective, it is very difficult to draw the line between witty, hidden critic and simple plot device and just the author knows what the true intention was But just that so many, big, clever, whatsoever generations of adults and parents are thinking about and puzzling around what hidden meaning behind that lovely story with beheadings, bipolar, schizophrenic and generally prone to mental illness side characters, highly developed nanotech that let s one grow and shrink and stuff, may be, differs it from other classics.One of the rare examples where timeless, all devouring questions have been compressed and distilled to an allegedly benign, nice, little tale for the kiddies, but the deeper the interested adult digs, the further she he explores the Matrix style abyssal depths of the hidden human thoughts, fears and imaginations, the bigger the WTF factor becomes.Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique Dreams , figments of the wondrous mind, what things can it createA little girl named Alice, 7 with her big sister a few years older, sitting on the banks of the gentle river Thames, on a calm , warm sunny day, in 1862 how delightful , still she is bored watching her sibling read a book, not paying any attention to her, with no pictures, imagine that getting sleepyOut of nowhere a nervous White Rabbit dashes by Alice, no big deal even though it has clothes on, not thinking it peculiar when the animal speaks, looking at a watch, and declares he will be late to an important party Intrigued the child follows the rapid rabbit down a large hole, a long tunnel , soon finding a precipice, then falling and falling, the never ending drop continues as the frightened girl starts to believe, maybe, quite possible , arrive finally on the other side of the world, welcome Australia Nevertheless landing safely in a pile of leaves, unhurt Alice in a strange hall sees a bottle that says drink me She the brave girl does, being much too big, for this land, needing to get out, to the beautiful place outside that Alice views, through the door, too small for her and shrinks this will not be the last time either, her size will vary in future adventures in this magical tale Meeting a plethora of mad characters, as one of them matter of fact boasts we re all mad here The Cheshire Cat with his always grinning smile as he fades away and reappears the Queen of Hearts the annoyed ruler frequently shouts and proclaims, Off with their heads , and her curiouser and curiouser croquet matchwith real animals for equipment, the Mad Hatter and his perpetual tea party with the March Hare who enjoys puzzling Alice The mellow Caterpillar likes sitting on top of a mushroom smoking leisurely and showing scorn for the little girl s silly questions, the Mock Turtle who head looks like a cow and is sad, the ugly Duchess sneezing because her maid s over use of pepper, other weird souls in this enchanting book appear If you are a type of person who relishes the road less traveled, this will be up your alley A classic children s fable that will always be a favorite, having soldthan 100 million copies, and adults can be entrapped also, and benefit by the amusing satire of their foibles, which everyone has.That is being human Once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people If I ever had to choose to be another literary person than my beloved soulmate Don Quixote, it would have to be Alice in Wonderland Why would I need to be another character than the one and only Don Well, it is good to have a backup if you are asked to come to a masquerade as a favourite book character a not completely unlikely risk and side effect of my profession , and you realise that your blonde hair and the emphasis on blue dresses in your wardrobe makes that a muchnatural choice than the Medieval male dresscode of La Mancha.On the other hand, Alice is a perfect complement to the Don in many ways While he sets out to give the ordinary world some magic, she dives into Wonderland to make it sparkle with her common sense approach to madness A perfect pair, those two characters In times like these, they are neededthan ever, to fight the windmills or Jabberwockys of modern craziness As coffee is a means of survival to me, and I like the idea of drinking it out of a mug featuring an illustration of a famous tea party as nonsensical as most, butfun I once went to London and bought myself a Mad Hatter mug, the handle nicely formed like one of those keys Alice had such trouble with The quote on the back of the mug has helped me along with the caffeine and a sense of humour as dark as my no milk and no sugar coffee survive many a lesson with teenagers If you knew Time as well as I do, said the Hatter, you wouldn t talk about wasting it I know for a fact that this book can be reread as many times as needed to figure out your own identity and level of madness, without any waste of time whatsoever Who am I then Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I ll come up if not, I ll stay down here till I m someone else I can almost give the same promise that Milo got in The Phantom Tollbooth RESULTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED, BUT IF NOT PERFECTLY SATISFIED, YOUR WASTED TIME WILL BE REFUNDED. 868 Alice s Adventures in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass Alice s Adventures in Wonderland 1 2 , Lewis CarrollThrough the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There 1871 is a novel by Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson , the sequel to Alice s Adventures in Wonderland 1865 Set some six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it Through the Looking Glass includes such celebrated verses as Jabberwocky and The Walrus and the Carpenter , and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee The mirror which inspired Carroll remains displayed in Charlton Kings 2001 1374 138 9786001760235 1389 19 1395 462 9786008547044 Curiouser and curiouser edition This is the annotated edition, collecting both novels in the Alice book series Alice s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice found There. WE RE ALL MAD HERE Begin at the beginningThis was technically a re reading since I ve already read both novels previously, the key difference here was that this is an annotated edition, which includes a comprehensive section, at the end of each chapter, with tons of notes revealing behind the scenes detailing moments in the life of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll , the real meaning of scenes, the real inspirations for several of the characters in both novels, historic meaning in the Victorian England of casual expressions that got outdated nowadays, studies in the metrics of the poems included in the novels, etc I don t thinkThen you shouldn t talkIt was a curiouser and curiouser reading experience since this was my first annotated edition of any book, and I believe that if you want to engage into this sort of books, it s advisable having read the regular version of the novel first, since reading all those annotations after each chapter, it s a kinda of braking effect, since depending the chapter, you ll invest almost the same time reading the explanations than the chapter itself, so you lose a great deal of the rhythm of your reading, therefore, if you haven t read the story before, you may not enjoying as much as it was supposed to be It s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. Of course, almost all the information was made by scholars in the Lewis Carroll s works, doing assumptions and best guesses, since the author was already gone when this annotated edition began to be conceived Therefore, it s a priceless access to get a better understanding of the novels at the era when they were published, BUTsometimes I ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. you can t fully take without a doubt the exposed explanations, since you can t ask the author any to validate if their interpretations are truly accurate So, as many things in life, it s up to you if you wish to believe them I can t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. And as those scholars mentioned at some momento of the annotations, that sometimes we are so obssessed to find a secret meaning behind any single quote, any single character, any single scene, etc and while it s evident that some quotes, characters and scenes have indeed a double significance, some of them are merely things needed to keep flowing the narrative, as simply as that, without any conspiration or secret plot, I m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. so don t get too deep into the annotations section and simply enjoy this wonderfully mad tale about a little girl who fell down into a rabbit s hole and she kept finding curiouser and curiouser things, even through the looking glassand go on till you come to the end then stop. Read both as a child, and again as an adult Loved and appreciated it then love and appreciate it now A book everyone should read at least once, and one that I hope children are still reading today. Then Alice saw a large wall in the middle distance Someone was sitting on the top of it When Alice had come within a few yards of it, she saw that the thing sitting on the wall had eyes and a nose and mouth and a large pile of golden hair and when she had come very close, she saw clearly that it was TRUMPTY DUMPTY himself It must be him because that s what is written on his baseball cap, she said to herself He was already speaking to her They said I wouldn t build the wall and I built the wall They were wrong because they weren t right Really really really great wall I m sure it is, said Alice What is it for Believe me, this is the greatest wall there ever was, I m sure it is, said Alice, but please, what is it for The people, there were people, who said the wall would never be built, they were not smart people, as you see, the wall is right here, it is extremely extremely here, believe me Yes, I do see that it is, but please, said Alice, getting rather impatient, what is it for Those people, there were so many many of them, they said the wall was never ever ever going to be built, that s what they said, you can check that, it s there in the record They were really really not smart those people Everyone here can see that this is a great great day That is what people are telling me But started Alice We are making Wonderland great again Really really great Dozens, hundreds of people, have said that there would be no wall No wall at all They said it would never never never happen You can t find those people anybecause they are on the other side of the wall Oh yes, there is another side of the wall Really really other side Can you hear them Trumpty put his hand to his ear, exaggeratedly listening Alice listened hard too for a moment but could not hear a sound, except for Trumpty talking continually She had by now given up trying to ask Trumpty Dumpty anything at all It was as if he did not know what a conversation was It s going to be amazing, really amazing You will see Wonderland great again So great Sorry about that. I really just wanted to flag up that this Definitive 150th Anniversary edition by Martin Gardner is exquisite and replaces all previous editions So if you have a birthday coming up, you could ask for this And if you get it you ll have a smile that will take a really really great long time to fade away Believe me. THIS BOOK IS MY DREAM.It s Alice s Adventures in Wonderland, plus Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, plus a ton of critical analysis and fun facts and biographical info and poetry and background and cultural and period information and bonus illustrations and basically all you need or could ever want to know, except if you re me and your love for and curiosity about Alice and Lewis Carroll and Wonderland will never be satiated.And also it s about a square yard and the font is tiny and it weighs about 30 pounds and takes an eternity to read.I loved this so much that it made my heart hurt to finish it My version of paradise is probably something like this, where I m alternating between reading the original text I lovethan anything and eloquent, wise, humorous elaboration on things I had never known TheI learned, theI wanted to know.I guess you could say I grew curiouser and curiouser.I love myself.Anyway, my bookmark for this book was a folded up sheet of lined paper on which I wrote down the titles and works of art and research queries I wanted to knowabout as I read I filled up both sides of that sheet.Absolutely every aspect of this book is gorgeous and curated and fascinating I don t really know how to review this because it basically transcended reading for me It was just a perfect experience.Bottom line If you love Alice like I do, or really really like it, you need to read this book It s a gift That s all I can say pre reviewi have never, in my entire life, cried in public over a book.until today.THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY IN PUBLICof a review to come This is a weird one TheI read theI m okay with the weirdness Does that say something about me I thought at first I wouldn t read it to my kids because it s too strange, but I m thinking now I might They just might like it We ll see how it ends Am I lame that I ve never read this before Okay, done with them both Alice in Wonderland was okay Still weird Weird and I didn t understand it Through the Looking Glass took weird to a whole new level A bad level The whole time I was reading it I was thinking, Is Carroll on crack This makes no sense And then I thought maybe I needed to be on crack to understand it I ve had crazy dreams sort of like this, all disjointed and random and all, but that doesn t mean I want to read a book about psycho dreams And what s up with shaking the poor kitten all the time I might read Wonderland to the kids I won t read Through the Looking Glass.And does anyone really know what this all means Because if it s just for fun , it wasn t.