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Through the Looking Glass (Creation Classics Portable) Paperback – 3 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Books (3 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840680210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840680218
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.1 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (922 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,482,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon 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 examples of the genre of literary nonsense. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on 28 July 2009
Format: Paperback
People tend to lump "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass (and What Alice Found There)" into one collection which has taken on the new title of "Alice in Wonderland". This is probably a product of the movies, which took bits and pieces from each and made a composite adventure. This was possible, because Lewis Carroll (a.k.a. Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) managed to make the stories so even in quality that they can be put together seamlessly. He also managed to keep the stories enough different, that one can still enjoy reading both of them one after the other, without the feeling that the second is just a retelling of the first.

To be sure, there are several ways in which the stories are similar, but not to the point where it detracts from the reader's enjoyment of the story. There are only three characters which appear in both books, one of which is Alice. The other notable characters (the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, etc.) are well distributed between the two books. Thus there is a looking-glass between the two, just as the looking-glass plays such a key role in the second book.

The Penguin Classics edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass" includes both books including the illustrations by John Tenniel. It also includes the original "Alice's Adventures under Ground" which includes Lewis Carroll's artwork. For additional features, it includes `"Alice" on the Stage' an article which Lewis Carroll wrote after seeing a production of the stage version, and it includes preface's to the books which Lewis Carroll wrote in 1896 for the 1897 editions. There are wonderful notes for both books, and a very informative introduction by Hugh Haughton.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Say No More 67 on 17 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
No matter how carefully I read Alice in Wonderland, It's hard to fathom all the layers and intricacies intertwined in the text.

Gardner does a wonderful job of bridging the almost 150 years gap between the date it was published and the modern-day reader.

Gardner's remarks are solely purposed to convey information that is most likely not known to the common reader, and refrains from giving mere interpretations or explanations that any reader can reach on their own.

I wont elaborate on the scope and content of the book as the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon does the work pretty good.

I will just add the following:

1. If you consider buying this book go for this hardcover edition and not the paperback.It costs about twice as much, but I can see that the paperback edition is also about half the size, and apparently it results in too small print of the annotated parts, as you may see in the low rated reviews.
2. The paper and print quality including illustrations are excellent.
3. This edition combines the Annotated Alice (1960) and the More Annotated Alice (1990) editions and adds some contemporary references as you can see in the Table of Contents.
4. As Martin Gardner died in 2010 at the age of 95, I guess there won't be a more definitive edition than this superb one.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chatvarin on 11 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have said it all before for the companion "Wonderland" volume, but I'll paste it here again.

Among the countless editions of Carroll's classics to have come out over the years, I don't think any beats Macmillan's. Generally speaking, Carroll's own publisher seems to take much pride in being the originator of this masterpiece and have always presented the book in the most faithful manners to Carroll's and Tenniel's original visions. With the advent of a new age in publishings everything is required to jump out at the progressively wanting in concentration youngsters with really rather explosive brilliancy and exuberance. So here Macmillan has at last commissioned the remainders of Tenniel's illustrations not coloured by Theaker to be coloured in a complementary hand. The result is an all-new sparkling edition, larger than any they have previously published and quite decidedly more sparkling. Incidentally, the demand of full-coloured illustrations in-and-amongst the text has, coincidentally enough, reverted the book to its original sumptuous quality paper unseen for years. This with Macmillan's laudable continued commitment to offer the world the book in as close an appearance to what Carroll intended as possible - with great intregrity in the typeset and positioning of the text and illustrations - ultimately created a highly collectable edition. In the reissued papaerback edition of this one, Philip Pullman commends the colouring of the illustrations fro having defied his apprehension in such a tampering with what work perfectly in black-and-white. It does not little of its eccentric, Victorian charms, but still delights admirers of the original notwithstanding.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 4 Aug. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This edition is a good bargain at under £3; it includes the original Tenniel illustrations which give a great feel for the truly bizarre nature of Alice's journey. However, I have a few problems with its blurb, which for a start describes Alice as following a "hasty hare" underground, and spells "imaginitive", well, imaginatively. The essay by Martin Gardner is an okay introduction to the text, if a little preachy: "It's hard to understand, but some adults, including a few peculiar psychologists, think fantasy is bad for children." I bought this edition for my Victorian lit set reading since I usually go for the least pricey edition of each text: for penniless students like myself I would recommend it, but for somebody looking for an edition they can collect and keep in the family, you may like to go for the better quality prints.
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