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This review is from: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Puffin Classics) (Paperback)
An utterly timeless book that has been, at various times, an amusing children's book, a psychedelic text to rival 'Lord of the Rings', and a bible for enthusiastic young programmers who are bored of cyberpunk. It remains a striking record of a repressed imagination suddenly untethered, and the lively writing style hasn't dated - it presents the strange world of Wonderland simply and effectively.
Meanwhile, John Tenniel's illustrations are definitive, and similarly timeless - abstract fantasy doesn't date, and the few pieces that seem old-fashioned might as well be modern illustrations with a Victorian design brief.
The sequel, 'Alice Through the Looking-Glass' seems slightly darker, has a complex chess theme, and includes the famous 'Jabberwocky' poem, something which a certain type of precocious teenager will memorise and recite at parties.
"And what is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?" might as well be a motto for the internet, too.