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on 28 February 2010
This is obviously written to amuse and engage recalcitrant American teenage students. There is some good and interesting stuff in some of the essays but the style jars with me. Many of the pieces use a jerky and 'handheld video' approach, cutting sentences up into tiny fun bites. Unlike Martin Gardner's original Annotated Alice which sought to explain to an American audience but also had masterly mini-essays on the philosophical points. It is interesting only for its curiosity value.
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on 22 February 2017
This is very much a curate's egg. The opening essay was a rather lightweight feminist interpretation of "Alice"; one or two interesting insights. next up was a polemic about nuclear weapons disguised (poorly) as a way of interpretation of "Alice" as a series of philosphical conundrums - awful! The next bit is a bit better but it does go on. That's as far as I've got.
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on 8 March 2010
Alice's creator has endowed her with remarkable insights which are reviewed in this book. Each chapter is written by a an academic expanding links between Alice' thoughts and behaviour and popular culture. It's the sort of text written for first year undergraduates to give a basic grounding in philosophy. Not a boook to be read from cover to cover as you would a novel. Pick out what appeals and it makes an interesting read.
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on 5 December 2012
My daughter is Alice mad she read this book in one day what more can I say she loved it
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VINE VOICEon 12 July 2013
Just when you think you have heard the last word on Alice, we find we have only scratched the surface. Other criticisms are stogy and formal with references to the classics in philosophy.

Break out of the box. Compare to contemporary movies. Not saying that we do not have the classic comparisons to Aristotle, Hume, Hobbs, and Nietzsche, but also Neo of Matrix fame, and the Spice girls among others.

Still for this that do not see the new, that is alright as it is very useful for someone to say what you know but in a different way.

Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland by J. T. Holden
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on 16 April 2016
As a soon to be Masters student of Children's Literature, an avid fan of Lewis Carroll, a mother of two and a Philosophy graduate I was thrilled to find this book! However after only reaching page fourteen the tone of this book became clear, and I had no reason to continue on. The general gist was..... Alice is a bit of a rebel, a feminist if you will, who rejects the stereotypical role of women as mothers and kindly creatures with manners. It then went on to congratulate Alice in her Apathy and almost contempt for children and Maternity. "I'm happy to see a young woman honestly show her attitude toward children" "for them and perhaps for Carroll motherhood is not a requirement for worth" - "unlike so many stereotypical women Alice does not exhibit 'Cute Baby Syndrome' - forgive me, but is Alice not a child, rather than a woman, and is the author assuming young women should disregard maternity all together if they are to be any sort of feminist. - it's ironically very childishly written .
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on 2 June 2011
For those of you who have discovered and love Lewis Carroll's masterworks `Alice in Wonderland' and `Alice through the looking glass (and what Alice found there)', filled with its many many lessons of life, such as the lesson `Wallowing in self-pity to drown your sorrows will not fix anything' (Pool of tears); and for those of you that wish to find answers to the many allegories - the King of Hearts who brings a fixed viewpoint ("consider your verdict") no matter how you may try to put across your point of view or get to the bottom of things (know anyone who is like that?) or the White Queen offering "jam yesterday and jam tomorrow - but never jam today" - basically saying when you look back you only remember the sweet times, and you only ever look forward to pleasant times ahead - but the NOW is very different - then this book is definitely for you.

If, on the other hand, you are curiouser and curiouser about the origins of the eccentric characters such as Humpty Dumpty, or seek answers into the many puzzles - such as what made the mock turtle cry; if THESE are the sort of answers you seek then you need THIS publication AND a copy of `The annotated Alice' edited by Martin Gardner.

Armed with BOTH you will not only reveal the meanings behind each character, you will also discover the PURPOSE of a timeless classic - to learn through the eyes of the most captivating heroine in all of literature. A true feminist who is willing to absorb, learn, and CHALLENGE as she encounters many hostilities in Carroll's quirky `Wonderland' world, Alice does not require a `fairy godmother' - she simply applies a very simple lesson - to PROVE what she is TOLD by CONTESTING it.

Own BOTH unputdownable publications and you will love each and every anecdote almost as much as the wonderful page-turning story - and - just like Alice - you will be able to challenge everything that you meet on YOUR journey through `Wonderland'.

The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass: The definite Edition. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland an Through the Looking-Glass
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