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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Through The Looking-Glass [Illustrated] (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Lewis Carroll , Bob Henry
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Illustrated with 10 unique illustrations.

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister
on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no
pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,'
thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?'

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could,
for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether
the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her...


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Source of legend and lyric, reference and conjecture, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is, for most children, pure pleasure in prose. While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll's putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole, pursuing "The dream-child moving through a land / Of wonders wild and new". There they encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle and the Mad Hatter, together with a multitude of other characters--extinct, fantastical and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. But they turn out to be "curiouser and curiouser", seemingly without moral or sense.

For more than 130 years, children have revelled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn Alice's new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the "regular course" in school: Reeling, Writhing and branches of Arithmetic--Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel's illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll's instincts were good; the masterful drawings, reproduced here, are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. (All ages)

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'It takes hubris to reinterpret artist John Tenniel's original vision of Alice's journey. Enter the so-called "Mad Hatter of Canadian Graphic Arts," engraver George Walker, who began the project as a student twenty years ago. Tender and dark at the same time, these extraordinary woodcuts reflect their maker's youthful energy. An introduction by Alberto Manguel says it best: "Glimpses, snapshots, details of larger scenes tell of Walker's reading, a reading that follows Alice's frantic pace, far from Victorian sobriety, from madness to greater madness." Both Alice's story and these remarkable illustrations communicate on many levels. Ages nine to twelve.' ForeWord Magazine 'Walker is an artist of many talents and media -- and many contradictions. A figurative artist, he is interested in illuminating abstractions cast up from his unconscious. Literate and articulate, he expresses complex thoughts and ideas in singular images. He published a book without text, letting the images carry the narrative. A generous nature can give way suddenly to a disquisition on social inequality that he also translates into the grammar of picture making. There is a startling muteness and directness to his pictures, yet they are intended to effect change, often in the immediate world around him, or in the viewer's perceptions of the world around them. The technical dimension of his artistic practice is privileged and apparent in the work, yet the art far exceeds material, method and process. His art is often grounded in the process of automatism, allowing for the unconscious to speak directly and spontaneously in images, even as his technique embraces the painstaking and precise nomenclature of wood engraving, block printing and bookbinding. The immediacy of his messages and their meanings are the product of careful rendering, circumspection and consideration.' -- Tom Smart Devil's Artisan The Porcupine's Quill has just released a wonderful new edition of Alice in Wonderland lavishly illustrated with wood engravings by George Walker and with a new introduction by Alberto Manguel. Following in the tradition of the Cheshire Cat Press edition published nearly 25 years ago by Bill Poole, George Walker and Joseph Brabant (one of the finest examples of a Canadian private press book), the story is as beautiful woven through the illustrations and design as it is through the magical words we are all familiar with. -- Richard, Bytown Bookshop Walker's edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Cheshire Cat Press, 1988) announced forcefully his precocious talents as a printmaker and book artist. His enormously expressive woodcut illustrations paired with master letterpress publisher Bill Poole's sensitive handling of type, printing and binding, comprised one of the finest hand-printed volumes ever produced in Canada. Alice has just been issued in a trade edition paperback by Porcupine's Quill in Erin, Ont. -- Tom Smart "The great Canadian (graphic) novel", Telegraph-Journal 'The classic Alice in Wonderland is known by all, but the story is off the wall enough that one's interpretation may be different from another's. Alice Adventure's in Wonderland: Wood Engravings is George A. Walker's own take with woodcuts as he illustrates Carroll's famed story. Showing a unique skill in his interpretation, he captures a charm that's been lost with the decline of woodcuts, and makes for a unique journey. Alice's Adventure in Wonderland is a must for any fan of the story and unique art styles.' Midwest Book Review 'Fanciful and eccentric, [George A. Walker's] engravings cast Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy fiction in a darker more sinister hue that will appeal to the inner child of many mature readers.' -- Robert Reid The Record

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1.0 out of 5 stars An Awful Miss 26 Dec. 2012
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I have just purchased the Kindle edition and promptly rejected it.
This is NOT the complete text, but a badly expurgated edition.
In addition, an illustration from the 1st story appears in the second.

I am waiting for a COMPLETE Kindle version, preferably The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, edited by Martin Gardner, which will include the original text and illustrations, as well as the missing chapter of Through the Looking Glass, called the Wasp in a Wig, which take place shortly before Alice becomes queen. I have the hardback edition and it would make an excellent reference book to travel with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version - NO! 28 Nov. 2013
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Bought the kindle version of this, and had to stop less than half way through due to it being nothing short of nonsensical garbage. Couldn't understand how readers loved it so much, until I saw other reviews about missing or jumbled text and pictures, then it all made sense. Don't buy the kindle version, even at 77p it isn't worth it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I was brighter 1 Nov. 2013
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I enjoyed it at the level I could reach but was aware that there were philosophical concepts, (and mathematical and physical ones too), that are beyond me. I am not young enough not to notice, and not bright enough to access the book fully. So what? It is an original, fascinating read, in which the Red King is more assertive than any in a film, (and alive), and his Queen much less scary and lethal than Helena Bonham Carter. The Mad Hatter is not elevated to be a major character and there is no outside story in which Alice, grown-up, breaks the corset of Victorian womanhood and forges a career as an import-export entrepreneur. The Jabberwock, etc, are mere literary devices, in the book, but... I like the Burton film too: it isn't Carroll, but it is a treasure in its own right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alice in wonderland 13 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
It has the original illustrations in it, looks like an 'old' book, one that would grace any library in a gothic type mansion.
As a book lover, I don't just enjoy reading them, I enjoy collecting beautiful books too, and this is one of them.
I won't comment on the story as, I suspect anyone looking at this knows the story very well but, if you want a beautiful book that you'll want to keep safe forever look no further.
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3.0 out of 5 stars We're All Mad Here! 18 Jan. 2014
By N Shad
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I chose to give this a three star rating because it was quiet a difficult read I thought. I had to try hard to imagine all the strange situations and characters Alice comes across, some of which I had never heard of before. But because there are many versions of Alice in Wonderland in book and film form I was curious to see what the original was like and to my surprise I found that it was very far from the film's. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation around the tea party table (it made me smile and I thought it very clever). But it ended rather abruptly. I'm 33 and its the first time I've read the original book which is a shame, it's such a great classic that I think it should be essential reading. just to add, I bought this version on my kindle and it didn't have any 'explanation notes' like I thought I would have, so if your relying on this then be careful.
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