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on 18 October 1997
Although The Other Alice is technically a children's book, any fan of Lewis Carroll will find it rewarding. The meticulous art work, showing Alice Liddell and her sisters and Charles Dodgeson [Carroll] and many Oxford settings is superb. The book is also includes many actual photgraphs of Alice, her family and Dodgeson's other child friends. Although this is a book for children, it does not shy away from the rather sad life and obsession which drove Dodgeson, nor does it give an artifically happy ending to the story. If you wonder where many of Dodgeson's plot developments came from [e.g. the Dodo, the wet 'caucus race' you'll find it all here. The author [who also wrote the delightful Linnea in Monet's Garden] and illustrator deserve kudos for this book [translated from the Sweedish, there is apparently a different translation avaiable in England under the title Alice's Oxford Adventure]. Well worth reading in a more adult approach is Staphanie Stoffel's Lewis Carroll in Wonderland [which includes some of the paintings done by Erickson for this book] both are better reads [and far more fun] than Gardner's Carroll biography.
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on 9 February 2015
This is a most interesting and magnificently illustrated book which although aimed at children will be fascinating for adults as well.
It tells readers what it would have been like to have grown up as a child in Victorian Oxford and helps the reader get to know Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).
The full-colour paintings are absolutely breathtaking and they are complemented by photographs taken by Dodgson.The book is obviously a labour of love and includes a useful map, mathematical puzzles created by Dodgson as well as some of his favourite games including how to make a handkerchief rabbit and how to count with cakes.
The book skirts over Dodgson's fascination with young girls and states that when he took naked photographs of them "it must have all been very proper as their mother or a chaperone would always come with them to the studio".The biographical details are almost as interesting and impressive as the illustrations. Charles Dodgson was one of eleven children and one sibling outlived him by 32 years and died in 1930. Alice was one of ten children and apart from her two sisters who went rowing with her, Charles Dodson and Mr Duckworth there were seven other children and one died as recently as 1950. The information includes the sad detail that two of Alice's three sons were killed in the First World War.
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on 10 October 2015
meticulously drawn and imaginatively informative
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