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The latest edition to the Charming Classics series includes a paperback edition of Alice in Wonderland and an adorable gold–tone rabbit charm and necklace. Join Alice and her fascinating friends in Lewis Carroll's extraordinary world of Wonderland!Ages 6+...

Title : Alice in Wonderland
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ISBN : 9780694014545
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Alice in Wonderland Reviews

  • Manny
    2019-05-20 10:11

    "Good gracious!" said Alice, "I do believe I'm inside a review!"She turned to the Hatter and the March Hare. "Well, let me see. Here is the title, and here is the date I read it. That must be today. Now I need to explain the plot and the overall point.""There is no plot," said the March Hare disagreeably."And there is no point," agreed the Hatter. He poured a little hot tea on the Dormouse's nose, making it wake with a start. "The book breaks new ground," it said rapidly in a high, sing-song voice. "Intentionally eluding easy assignment to any traditional category, it anticipates the twentieth century's fascination with the relationship between the signifier and the signified, and wittily deconstructs the primacy of meaning and the rationality of thought." Then it went back to sleep again, and began to snore gently."Whatever did that mean?" asked Alice, surprised."Why is a Derrida like a derrière?" replied the Hatter."I don't know," said Alice."I don't know either," said the Hatter triumphantly."It would be reasonable", said Alice, in the grown-up tone she had sometimes heard her sister use, "It would be reasonable for you to explain what the book is about, so that I could put that in my review." "It would be reasonable," said the Hatter, "to expect hot premarital sex in a Stephenie Meyer novel. But don't imagine you'll find any."Alice couldn't think of anything to reply to this, so she turned away without another word. When she was almost out of earshot, she thought she heard the Hatter shout something after her that might have been "Foucault!"

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-05-20 04:27

    *Reread July 2017*Reread this for booktube-a-thon 2017 just because I was falling behind. Obviously I loved it (again).*Reread January 2016*Read for the school this time and I read the Puffin In Bloom edition. I loved the new illustrations!

  • emma
    2019-04-26 06:15

    THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK.No qualifier. No excuse. No “one of my favorites.” This one is it, y’all., also Through the Looking Glass. But THAT’S PRACTICALLY THE SECOND HALF OF THE SAME BOOK. (And other examples of my inability to make decisions or commit in any way to anything.)I currently have 18 copies of this book. I’ve attempted to read it at least annually for the past three years. And by “annually,” I mean I last revisited this book about nine months ago.But hey, it was a different year then, technically speaking.How do I even review this? I don’t know where to begin. (Just a heads up that my obsessive personality is going to become verrrrry clear as this review progresses. I’m not proud. This is who I am, you guys. I was a member of the fandoms of some teen pop sensation or other for nearly ten consecutive years. I’m no longer thirteen but I still need an outlet. Honestly I’m quite afraid that if I don’t have an obsession, I’ll become a drug addict. Lots of pent up energy.)Well, I’ll say that I always, always, always feel enveloped by this book. I have never picked this up without feeling instantly submersed in Wonderland. And it’s really my favorite place to be. It’s hard to feel unhappy when you’re in the greatest setting ever created.And oh yeah, there’s that. I firmly believe this is the most amazing and beautiful and confusing and curious setting of all time. It’s immersive, and it’s strange, and it’s so unique and fantastic and creative and I love it so much. I can come up with even more loosely positive adjectives if that overwhelming number didn’t suffice.Wonderland is my Hogwarts. While many readers pray their letters just got lost in the mail, I’m constantly hoping I’ll see a white rabbit in a waistcoat and fall down, down, down into what must be the center of the earth.I love Alice and her curiosity. She may also be my favorite character ever. She’s funny and sweet and childish and such a blast to read about. Her reactions to everything are so, so funny. Her curiosity always outweighs confusion and fear. I’d like to wake up one day and be Alice. I’ll likely become one of those creeps who pays millions for plastic surgery in order to “resemble” some celebrity or other.On an unrelated note, anyone have millions of dollars they’re trying to get rid of?I’m also fiercely protective of this book. I constantly pick up retellings only to be utterly disappointed. (Like Heartless. Get out of here with your shoddy Carroll-stealing.) DO NOT, DO NOT! GET ME STARTED ON THE TIM BURTON FILM ADAPTATION. Horrific. Alice, an adult? Alice, engaged? Alice FIGHTING THE GODDAMN JABBERWOCK?But I do love the original animated Disney adaptation. There’s a certain quality to the book that’s captured within that film, which I haven’t found recreated in any other retelling or use of the setting or adaptation.Oh, and one more thing, while I’m here.THIS BOOK ISN’T ABOUT DRUGS, YOU SURFACE-LEVEL INTERPRETERS OF SYMBOLISM. It’s not that easy, boo.In the words of BBC News, “[the drug] references may say more about the people making them than the author.”Lewis Carroll isn’t thought to have been a user of drugs, the Caterpillar was smoking tobacco, and the mushroom is no more magic than the various cakes Alice eats.Honestly, the drug reading is simple and boring. It’s such a stretch to attempt to read each character as a different substance. And scrolling through countless quasi-psychedelic GIFs to find the actual ones was irritating, too. Ah, yes, real art: taking images from a 1951 children’s film but messing with the colors and movement until it looks like nothing more than a trigger for epilepsy. Enough, Tumblr.Alice in Wonderland carries as much or as little significance as you want it to. It’s everything from a mindless romp in an imaginative land to a depiction of the effects of a ruthlessly authoritarian system of justice. Just have fun with it.And please, for the love of God, stop applying your weird psychedelic edits to a Disney movie.Note on the audiobook: This time around, I listened to the audiobook, to switch things up. Scarlett Johansson read it. I loved her funny accents and hated her overly-acted narration. A mixed bag.Bottom line: This is my favoritest and I doubt it will be dethroned anytime soon. Come at me, every other book.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2019-04-22 08:18

    Rating: 4.5

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2019-05-06 04:34

    Unpopular OpinionThis took me a long time to get through...I found it sometimes tedious to be quite honest. Sorry. I guess I just don't love the nonsensical fun of this as much as everyone else seems to love it. I enjoyed the pictures and I really liked this edition and I enjoyed it well enough, but as I said, I just don't love it as much as a lot of others do.

  • James
    2019-04-24 08:16

    Having just finished Alice in Wonderland, the first thing that occurs to me is that I wish I had read it years ago. I've known the story of Alice for years thanks to Disney and the Mad Hatter on Batman, but for some reason I didn't get around to reading this as a child. While I expected to like it, I never realized what a joy this book would be. Carroll was a logician, so it should come as no surprise that he uses his expertise in that field to create many hilarious logical fallacies. But what interested me the most was the prose; I could talk for a long time of the clean, beautiful concision of Carroll's writing and of the brilliance of his word games and puns, which obviously influenced Vladimir Nabokov (who composed a Russian translation of Alice). The way in which Carroll's narrative voice addresses the absurd events reminded me of Kafka's Metamorphosis. Why some would reject the former's unique literary genius while praising the latter's can be explained by the snobbery of those who would reject a masterpiece simply because it's a "children' book."These things interested the adult reader in me, but Alice is really for children of all ages. Thanks to the animated movie, I knew the characters and I felt like I was being reunited with old friends. I especially felt this during the Mad Tea Party, which I think must rank among the most brilliant comic scenes in English literature. However, Alice proves that books for children need not be dumbed down or sentimentalized. There are some dark undercurrents to the excellent humor (The Queen is obsessed with beheading, to use just the most famous example). And the beautiful concluding paragraph is a startling, Shakespearean meditation on childhood, age, and eventual womanhood. I admit that was a wonderful surprise. And then of course there's the drug use of the caterpillar and Carroll's suggested pedophiliac obsession with young girls. But people who approach Alice as psychedelic literature or a creepy Lolita story, I think, miss the point. However, these questions do add to the depth of the reading experience.Alice in Wonderland is indeed a rare kind of book: one which can entertain and enlighten both the child and the adult. Carroll's glittering novel hasn't been dimmed in the slightest by time, something that can't be said of the works of many of his contemporaries. Alice's adventures will doubtless fascinate us for untold years to come. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go listen to White Rabbit.

  • Leo .
    2019-05-01 08:15

    Why Alice! What Adventures you have had?Happy, fun, perilous, enlightening, sometimes sadA man, in a Hat, scatty, as a rabid batA Mouse, a crazy Hare, and Twins that are FatA Nasty Cook, and a Grinning Cheshire CatA Tea Party, a Catapiller smoking a Hookah, a Mushroom, one side makes her TallThe other side of the Mushroom, makes her SmallAn invitation, from a Fishfootman, and a very tired DormouseThe Cheshire Cat appears in a tree, directing Alice to the March Hare's House🐯👍Such fun!!!👍🐯

  • Irena
    2019-05-20 09:07

    I think it was a good choice for me to reread one of my favorite childhood stories before I read the one I really wanted to: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.When I was a little girl I LOVED the Disney movie and, since this book has some different aspects, it is no wonder I find the movie to be better.However, it was still a really enjoyable ride everytime I read it.Everlasting quotes are the reason this book is classic, and I love them all!I have always wondered what inspired Lewis Carroll (who was a really strange man so even if I am still wondering the same question, I am not too sure if I want to know the answer) to create this story in his head, and if he was on some kind of drugs while doing that.I mean, Caterpillar smoke from nargila so... that's enough reason to be suspicious.

  • Mohammed Arabey
    2019-04-26 02:27

    أليس يا فتاة بعُمرِ الزهورِ ، تطيرُ أحلامُها كالطيورِ'وقد حكي السيد تشارلز دودجسون تلك الحكاية بناء علي طلب أبنة صديقه 'أليس ليديللأرضِ الجمالِ وأرض الغرائب ، ودنيا الخيالِ بلاد العجائبثم كتبها، كعالم سحري ارتجالي، لا منطقي ولامعقول..لكنه ملئ بالرموز والنقد والسخريةأليس يا فتاة تحبُ الجميع ، ونورَ الحياةِ وزهر الربيعليصير جزء من طفولة كل اطفال العالم طوال 152 عاما ومازال مستمراخذينا وطيري .. لدنيا الأثيرِ ، إلى رحلةٍ حلوةٍ ممتعةوربما يتذكر جيل الثمانينات ذلك الكارتون الياباني المبني علي الرواية ..بأغنيته الحالمة التي مازالت ترن ببالي بعد 20 عاماخذينا وطيري .. لدنيا الأثيرِ ، وزوري بلادَ العجائبِ زوري وهي ليست قصة اطفال عادية... هي قصة مليئة بالعجائب والطبقات والرموز..تتحدي عقل الطفلتجعله يفكر ويحلم .. وتجعل الكبير يبتسم ويتخيلانها الحكاية الملهمةفبلاد العجائب ألهمت الكثير من الفنانين ، منهم "سلفادور دالي" والذي صمم لوحات سريالية للاحداث علي مدار القصةبالطبع لوحاته السريالية تلك كانت اصعب من سريالية الاحداث العجيبة اللامعقولة التي شهدتها أليس في بلاد العجائبوبالطبع انت تعلم ان رواية أليس في بلاد العجائب يجب أن تقدم بالصور...أم لعلك نسيت فكرة أليس الشهيرة عن الكتاب الذي تقرأه أختها في بداية الأحداث"ما فائدة الكتاب إذن بدون صور أو حوار؟"لذلك حرص السيد دودجسون عندما قرر ان يحول الحكاية التي حكاها لأليس وصديقاتها عندما كانوا في رحلة "تجديف" ببريطانيا إلي كتاب أسماه "مغامرات أليس في الارض السفلية" أن يضيف رسوم بسيطة بنفسه بجانب الحوارات الكثيرة التي تجريها أليس مع "الكائنات" المختلفة التي تقابلها في أرض العجائبليكون كتاب به صور...وحوارتماما كما تحبه أليسلكنه أيضا ، مدرس الرياضيات ورجل الدين الأعزب لم يشأ ان يكتب اسمه علي الكتاب عندما قرر نشره ، فبأستخدام أسمه اللاتيني وبعض المعادلات الرياضية قام بتحويله إلي "لويس كارول" ونشره بشكل أوسع..ولكنه أعهد مهمة الرسوم لرسام كرتوني متخصص يدعي جون تانيل والذي برسمه حول أليس والأرنب الشهير وباقي شخصيات الروايةولكن يكفي تلك المقدمة المتواضعة الثرثارة ولنر شيئا من*** الأحـــداث ***أليس يا فتاة بعُمرِ الزهورِ ، تطيرُ أحلامُها كالطيورِلأرضِ الجمالِ وأرض الغرائب ، ودنيا الخيالِ بلاد العجائبتجلس أليس مع اختها علي ضفاف النهر كأي فتاة في سنها -وعصرها-في ساعة عصرية صيفية تشعر بالكسل، لا تريد فعل اي شئ ، تتعجب من كتاب أختها الممل الذي بلا حوار ولا صور...تشعر بالنعاس حتي تري امامها أرنبا...يرتدي صديرية ويمسك بساعة جيب وعلي وجهه تعبير شعور رهيب بالقلق لان الوقت تأخر جدااذا قرأت المقدمة التي كتبها رسّام معاصر حول كيف ألهمه رسم ذلك الأرنب وتعابير وجهة ستشعر فعلا بتقدير اكبر لذلك البورتريه المتقنيثير فضولهاوتتبعهلجحر الأرنبعالم العجائب والغرائب...بلاد العجائبعالم لا معقول ، عالم عجيب وتبدأ أيضا كل شئ يتحول لسوريالية عجيبةأليس يا فتاة تحبُ الجميع ، ونورَ الحياةِ وزهر الربيعخذينا وطيري .. لدنيا الأثيرِ ، إلى رحلةٍ حلوةٍ ممتعةخذينا وطيري .. لدنيا الأثيرِ ، وزوري بلادَ العجائبِ زوري 1 )أليس تسقط في جحر الارنب لفترة طويلة جدايستغلها الراوي -تذكر أنه بروفيسور رياضيات مثقف ومبدع، يروي لقتل الوقت اثناء التجديف- في نظرية كانت منتشرة وقتها انك اذا حفرت لفترة طويلة ستصل للجانب الاخر من العالم، بالنسبة لأليس الساذجة تفكر انها ستسأل المارة وقتها عندما تصل لاخر جحر الارنب العميق ان كانت في نيوزيلاندا ام استراليا2 )تسقط في مكان عجيب به كثير من البواباتلا أدري ولكني رأيت مثل ذلك المشهد كثيرا في روايات لاحقة...هل تتذكر قاعة البوابات في وزارة السحر بلندن؟3 )كليني وأشربينيما تشربه سيصغرها وما تأكله سيكبرها ولكنها لن تفلح مهما كان ان تفتح الباب للحديقة ستغرق في بحر دموع والفأر الكبير سيساعدها للعوم لكنها تغضبه بحديثها العفوي عن قطتها التي تهوي صيد الفئرانثم مروحة الارنب ستغير حجمها مرة اخريكل هذا يجعل أليس لا تدرك من هي...تشعر بالسخف وعدم الفهموالاسوأ هي مبللةتقابل مجموعة من الطيور وستجد ذلك الاقتراح ان كي يجففوا من البلل بسبب بحر الدموع سيحكي لهم حكايةمرة اخري، الراوي المثقف يجد نفسه يحكي لنا قصة ويليام الفاتح الذي جاء من الشمال ليحكم انجلترا....ثم ماذا؟المستمعين لم يتحمسوا للاسف لسماع القصة التاريخية فهم كما يسمي الفصل -سباق اللجنة السياسية-، اسم عجيب أليس كذلك؟لكنك ستشعر بأن تخبط هذا الجمع العجيب من الحيوانات والطيور فعلا كاجتماعات اللجان السياسية التي دوما تتفق علي الا تتفق...ولا ينتج ابدا من اجتماعتهم اي شئ 4 )اليس مازالت لا تفهم ما حولها ، ولا تعرف نفسهاتقابل تلك اليرقة وتظن انه ربما سيعرف شعورها انها لا تعرف نفسها لانها تتحولولانه يرقة...سيتحول لفراشة ، سيمر بتغييرات كبري في جسمه... ربما سيفهم شعورها..هي التي تكبر وتصغر في بلاد العجائبهل لاحظت ذلك التشبيه المجازي البليغ؟ ألم اقل لك انه راوي مثقف؟5 )ثم تدخل بيت الارنب الذي سيذهب للملكة وتحدث الحوادث بقطع المشروم الذي اعطاها لها اليرقة لتكبر وتصغرفي حوارات عجيبة مليئة برموز ربما لامعقولة، ربما بلا معني، بعضها لها معني سياسي او اجتماعي ساخرلكنه ظريف ومسلي بلا شكربما لذا لوحات سلفادور دالي تليق به6 )ثم بيت الدوقة العجوز القبيحة وابنها العجيب والطباخة المعتوهة التي تلقي بالاشياءيالله علي الجنون، بل ان الدوقة تترك ابنها في رعاية الغريبة المقتحمة لتذهب جريا للعبة الكروكيت مع الملكةثم يتحول ابنها لخنزير...وهناك قط شايشر المبتسم العجيبماذا قلت لك...انه ادب اللامعقولياتNonsenseلكنها حكاية ظريفة ارتجالية ، ربما تجد معني هنا واخر هناك7 )وهناك حفل الشاي، والارنب الكبير مارس وصانع القبعات والسنجاب الغافل دومامارس وجنون الزمن الذي توقف في ارض العجائب بالنسبة لصانع القبعات ليظل دوما في وقت الشايألم اقل لك انها قصة ارتجالية لا معقولة لا في الزمان ولا المكانستلاحظ هنا شيئا ما في أليس..صارت اكثر ثقة بنفسها وقدرة علي الرد بشكل اوضح8 )تذهب أليس بعدها للعبة الكروكيت التي تقيمها الملكة بالطيور والحيوانات، ملكة القلوب مجنونة بقطع الرؤوس بينما الملك طيب القلب بالمقارنة بكل هذا الجنونأعجبني جدا شئ من حوار أليس الساخر عن موكب الملكة الذي بلا لازوم طالما رعاياها يجب ان ينحنوا له ولا يروه9 )تقابل الدوقة مرة أخري التي تركت ابنها وذهبت للعبة الكروكيتالدوقة مهووسة باستخراج مورال "عبرة وعظة ومثل من الأمثال" عن كل حكاية او حدث يحدثذلك الهوس العجيب ربما ستشعره انت نفسك اذا ما قررت تحليل كل مشهد من المشاهد اللامعقولة والاحداث العجيبة هنالا أدري لما شعرت ان لويس كارول او السيد دودجسون يقولها لصديقه الناضج الذي يجدف معه اثناء حكايته تلك الحكاية للاطفال الثلاثة المصاحبين لهربما كان ينظر له نظرة "ما-معني-كل-هذه-الاحداث-العجيبة-التي-تحكيها" وبدلا من ان يرد عليه السيد لويس بنظرة"لا-تهتم-كثيرا-بمعني-ومغزي-كل-حدث-و-استمتع-فحسب-بوجودك-في-بلاد-العجائب--واحداثها-الظريفة"، بدلا من هذا وقطع تسلسل الحكاية التي يحكيها للاطفال قام بوضع ذلك المشهد الظريف10 )ثم هيبوجريف، ذلك الحيوان الاسطوري الخاص بملكة القلوب يصحبها بناء علي أمر الملكة للسلحفاة الناحبة لتسمع حكايتها العجيبة علي الشاطئ والرقصة التي يقيمها ابوجلمبو للكائنات البحرية والطيور والحيوانات11 )ثم تعود للملكة لحضور محكمة يختتم بها الاحداث..كأي ملحمة تحترم نفسها صدرت قبل أليس في بلاد العجائب أو بعدهامحكمة لمعرفة من سرق تورتة الملكةلكن في تلك الملحمة العجيبة الطفولية اللامعقولة في بلاد العجائب فإن هيئة المحلفين مختلفة، مكونة من كائنات، طيور حقيقية ومنقرضة كالدودو وحيوانات كالسحلية بوب المسكين الاحمق، وذلك الضفدع الخادم الذي لا ينظر لمن يكلمه والسنجاب الغافل دائما وصانع القبعات المجنون المتوقف بالزمن عند حفلة الشايهيئة المحلفين هؤلاء سيشهدوا علي احد حرس الملكة -ورقة لعب كوتشينة- هل هو مذنب فعلا بسرقة تورتة الملكة ام لاستضحك بالتأكيد كثيرا علي الملكة التي تنتوي قطع رؤوس كل المحلفين والحضور كعادتها المهووسة بقطع الرؤوس ، وانصحك بمشاهدة فيلم ديزني الاخير الذي قدمت فيه هيلينا بونهام كارتردور الملكة بشكل جذاب وظريف بحق12 )وعندما تاتي شهادة أليس ، بنهاية مغامراتها العجيبة بارض العجائب ستشعر بأنها نضجت شيئا ما في شكل ردودها ومنطقها أكثر بكثير عن ردودها وكلامها في اول الرحلةولكن أليس الكنز دائما في الرحلة نفسها؟مهما كانت لا منطقية ولا معقولةحتي تستيقظ أليس وهي بجوار أختها ، علي ضفاف النهر في تلك الحديقة بعصرية ذلك اليوم الذي بدانا به الاحداثوتحكي لاختها الكبيرة عن كل شئ، عن الارنب واليرقة والقط المبتسم والملكة المهووسة واوراق الكوتشينة وصانع القبعات ولعبة الكروكيت و و و وربما ظل تقديري للحكاية اللامعقولة تلك 3 نجوم ونصف...فهي مهما كان عجيبة اكثر مما ينبغيلكن بعد ان قامت اليس من جوار اختها الكبيرة، واغمضت عينيها للحظات...ورأت الحديقة حولها تتحول لأرض العجائب وهي مغمضة فقط يداعبها أشعة الشمس...عندما رأت الاخت الناضجة هذا الجمال والبراءة الطفولية الحالمة مهما كان سنهازاد تقديري للحكاية نجمة أخري*** النهـــاية ***ربما حاول ديزني بعد 145 عاما ، في 2010، باستخدام اعادة لسيناريو احداث أليس في بلاد العجائب وتحويلها من مجرد سلسلة من الاحداث العجيبة الغير مترابطة لقصة واحدة ملحمية لها خيط واحد له بداية ونهاية بعكس كل الاعمال الفنية الاخري التي اقتبست الاحداث كما هي بتعديلات طفيفة من مسرحيات وافلام كارتون ومسلسلات انيميلكن تظل تجربة ديزني الاخيرة ينقصها العفوية والعجائب التي كتبها السيد تشارلز دودجسون، فالحكاية التي حكاها لأليس ورفيقاتها اثناء التجديف ، تلك الحكاية المقدمة لتسلية الاطفال وتوسعة خيالهم وتلوين احلامهم مع بعض الاشارات الرياضية والاجتماعية والسياسية والفلسفية والاسطورية وحتي تلك عن النضج والكبر تلك الحكاية الافضل ان تقرأها كما هي كما استمتعت بافلامها ومسلسلاتها وحتي نسخها المختصرة...فالتقرأها كما هيكما كتبها السيد تشارلز...او لويس كارولوالتي اهداها لأليسملحوظة : النسخة التي قرأتها من نشرPuffin Classicالتابعة لبنجوين ، النسخة بها حكاية السيد تشارلز وكيف كتب الرواية ، بل ورسائل جميلة له توضح نزعته الدينية في عدم ان يكون ذكر الله فقط في الكنائس، بل يمكن وقت اللعب والمرح افي الحدائق ان نذكر الله ونعيش يومنا بنفس الوقت..بل وايضا دعوته للخيال والحب والمرحرسائل تهنئ بعيد الفصح والكريسماس وتدعو حتي الكبار للحلم والخيالالجميل بالنسخة ايضا انها نسخة طبق الاصل من الطبعة الاولي، حتي في ترتيب صفحاتها وحتي ايضا في اضافة الرسوم الاصلية لجون تانيل -بالطبع رسوم السيد تشارلز لم تطبع في الطبعة الاولي من الرواية، فقد كانت نسخة خاصة لابنة صديقه أليس فقط- وحتي ايضا طراز كتابة الاشعار العجيبوبكل حال من الاحوال، لا فائدة لكتاب دون حوار أو صور كما تظن أليس.....احرص علي ان تكون النسخة التي تقرأها لك او لاولادك مزدانة بالصور لتحببهم في القراءةمحمد العربيمن 7 فبراير 2017الي 8 فبراير 2017

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2019-04-20 08:34

    You may have seen the Disney film or been to a play, but most everyone growing up in a Western European-based culture has had some contact in some form with Alice and her adventures. I cannot recommend high enough actually reading Lewis Carroll's superb book written for his daughter Alice's bedtime story. There is a lovely innocence to Alice and a startling and surprising freshness to all the creatures and characters she meets. It does sometimes feel like an acid trip, but then so does Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other high flights of fancy. The great thing here is the oblique criticism of societal norms and the evocation of youth and innocence that is unforgettable and ageless. This is yet another book that one should read to their own kids as a gift for their imagination.

  • Johann (jobis89)
    2019-05-12 10:17

    "We're all mad here"I'm not going to insult your intelligence by giving a plot summary for this book as I think every person on the planet knows the premise. However, for the sake of completion and satisfying my OCD tendencies... Alice is a young girl who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world, meeting lots of weird and peculiar characters. And that's it.Well, the Mad Hatter isn't wrong. I started this book excited at the premise of reading a classic that I don't recall ever having read before. Within about ten pages, my excitement had quickly waned. I've come to the conclusion that people who love this book must have fallen in love with the book as a child and therefore reading this book will trigger feelings of nostalgia and memories of childhood. Because I simply hated every minute of reading this book. I went to bed every night and would find myself procrastinating on my phone instead of getting stuck into my book like I normally would.I don't enjoy nonsense. I like things to be logical and follow some kind of structure... I guess that's the scientist in me. Of course, not everything can be logical in horror books etc, but this was like a different level of ridiculousness. Nothing made any sense, things were all over the place. We were just jumping around everywhere and I just wanted the experience to be over. If this book wasn't so short, I think it would have became a DNF for me.Oh, and Alice literally has to the sassiest, cheekiest, rudest little girl I've ever encountered in literature. What a brat. I just wanted to put her in her place for the entirety of the novel. Nope, I hate Alice.The only highlight for me was the illustrations, as they are simply beautiful. So I apologise to all lovers of Alice in Wonderland but it's just not for me. I'll give 1 star for the story as I just can't allow myself to give zero stars... and I'll give 1 star for the illustrations. So that's 2 stars out of 5 from me! And a reading experience I'd like to forget.

  • Amelia
    2019-05-07 10:05

    I did enjoy reading this book. If you would like a full review let me know!

  • karen
    2019-05-15 09:17

    these are my favorite illustrations for alice...

  • Stacy
    2019-05-13 05:23

    I really enjoyed this, and being read by Michael York and a distinctive touch. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is popularly known to many as a children's book, and Lewis Carroll admitted to writing it for the little girls of the Dean of the college he taught at. A quote from C. S. Lewis, in The Three Ways of Writing For Children (1952), "A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story. The good ones last, because a children's story is the best art-form for something you have to say." Upon learning that there were other aspects of the book than simply just a children's story, I wanted to read it to see what those were. Alice's Adventures.... has been looked at in other ways over the years, determining there were many other elements employed into the story including:1) satire of the corrupt judicial and political systems in Victorian England, as well as their abuse of power2) satire of British imperialism and ethnocentrism3) satire of social and cultural elements of Victorian society, such as its rigid educational system, social conventions, manners and etiquetteAlice's Adventures in Wonderland has been examined in many ways: as an exploration of the mind and thought practices, with the aim of finding a hidden meaning dealing with math and logic (since Lewis was also a mathematician), even as a symptom of the use of drugs (which is interesting, give Lewis Carroll's favorite book was Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and there were many times I thought Lewis Carroll must have been tripping on some serious Laudanum when writing) and as a political satire/ analogy. Lewis Carroll was also known for his photography hobby. He is also known to say that he liked little children, except little boys. The fact that many photographs have been found in his collection with little girls scantily clad, and in various poses, including on his lap, and in light of his comment, have led some to believe that the book has references to pedophilia, but since he is not alive to defend himself, I will avoid that. The original illustrator of Alice was Sir John Tenniel, who was a famous cartoonist for Punch Magazine, a periodical famous in Victorian England for its satire writing and cartoons. Since history is my thing, I was interested in the historical analogy. It is believed it is one of two entirely different analogies of two different eras, and I can see where both make sense. They are the Victorian and The War of the Roses, or the English Civil War. The main characters in each analogy are as follows:Victorian:Wonderland= Victorian EnglandQueen of Hearts= Queen VictoriaAlice= symbol of British colonization and ethnocentrism, imperialismWhite Rabbit= new awareness, realization, the fact not everything is at it seems, or an overnervous minor political functionary, fearful of displeasing Queen Victoria, awed by people of power, concerned with appearances before superiorsKing of Hearts= Prince AlbertCaterpillar= guru with many metaphysical questions, which is interesting considering the British colonization of IndiaMad Hatter= Benjamin DisraeliMock Turtle & Gryphon= satires of college alumnusThe War of The Roses, or English Civil War (this analogy attributed to C. W. Giles, 1928):Queen of Hearts= Queen MargaretKing of Hearts= Henry VIKnave of Wonderland= Duke of YorkDuchess= Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester, or Duchess Margaretha Mattausch (who was considered the ugliest woman in history and whom Sir John Tenniel used her portrait as a basis for his illustration of "Duchess"Baby= Richard of Gloucester, who became Richard IIICheshire Cat= Sir William Catesby, follower of Richard III, and speaker of the House of CommonsWhite King= Richard's elder brother, Edward IVMad Hatter= Warwick the Kingmaker; Mad Hatter is also identified as one of King Edward's messengers, HattaMarch Hare= King Edward's messenger, Haigha; also identified as impersonal Yorkist claim to throne based on descent from Mortimer, Earl of March, heir to Richard IIFall of Humpty Dumpty, attended by complete army of White King= horrible defeat of the Lancastrians at ToultonTweedledum & Tweedledee not referring to the War of The Roses, but instead to the ancient English kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex, which ceased their constant bickering to jointly resist the Danish "Raven", which is one of many references in Alice to earlier history, another which would be:Father William and the Young Man= William the Conqueror and RufusSo whichever theory as to the deeper meaning of Alice and her adventures you would subscribe to, it is an enjoyable and fascinating read.To view Mischenko and Stacy's Alphabet Challenge for letter "A", visit !!

  • Natalie Vellacott
    2019-05-21 03:23

    “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”From the genre of literary nonsense comes this classic work loved by children and adults alike.As Alice slips into a dream, she finds herself chasing after a white rabbit with a waist coat and pocket watch. Apparently, he is late for something important. He heads down a rabbit hole, nothing particularly odd about that, but as Alice follows, she falls into a world very different from her own. A world with Cheshire cats, mad-hatters, packs of living playing cards, and an array of characters which will make Alice's head spin as she manoeuvres cautiously through Wonderland.As children, the Disney movie was always a favourite; our grandparents collected them for us and we never got bored of Alice in Wonderland. There are a number of significant differences between the book and the movie:, as this is a world where things get "curiouser and curiouser", I'm not sure that it makes much difference!I wasn't a big fan of the more recent movie adaptation by Tim Burton despite being first in line to watch it at the movies. It seemed darker somehow and a lot of the fun had disappeared. I'll be sticking to the Disney version.Back to the book, I love the way Alice retains her faculties through all her bizarre experiences. She presents as an intelligent, somewhat precocious, child who just wants to make it through the day. She spends so much time trying to make sense of the nonsensical that she almost forgets to enjoy the adventure. All would agree that this is a timeless classic for a bit of fantastical escapism. Personally, I think those who spend time seeking hidden meaning and symbolic parallels with reality are ruining the fun. There should be a collective "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!" leaving the rest of us to enjoy this masterpiece without too much philosophising. P.S. Why is a raven like a writing desk?

  • Tracey
    2019-04-26 08:15

    "Curiouser and curioser" said Tracey after reading this as an adult. Everyone knows the story of the little girl who followed a rabbit (who was very late) down a rabbit hole, and found herself in a land of nonsense and strange creatures, like The mad Hatter, who is stuck at a permanent tea party thanks to an argument with time (the person not actual time obviously) and The Cheshire cat , who comes and goes and often only his grin is left floating about. But my absolute favourite is the mock turtle, whose schooling included; Reeling and writhing to begin with of course , then different branches of arithmetic, Ambition, distraction, uglification and derision, and of course mystery (ancient and modern) seaography; then once a week an old conger eel taught drawling stretching and fainting in coils. :) Bloody genius, and I can only think of one modern day writer who'd compare and that's Lewis Carroll's literary love child Douglas Adams. On a serous note ?? This book is about the trials and tribulations of growing up, puberty, the feelings I remember of not fitting in, being unsure of the changes in my body, not understanding what was happening or why, confusion about the most simple things. The only character in the whole story who behaves as it would normally is a puppy, who Alice plays with and after a little research I discovered that it was because Carroll had an immense dislike of dogs (he loved cats) and therefore the puppy didn't deserve to be a true wonderland character. So if you've not read this as a grown up, please go rediscover the magic madness and life lessons that are in this wonderful book. As ever one last quote; " How do you know I'm mad ?" said Alice. "You must be" said the cat , "or you wouldn't have come here". 5 *****

  • Paloma ♛
    2019-05-19 04:16

    Estoy enamorada de esta edición de Alicia en el país de las maravillas. Es absolutamente hermosa, con ilustraciones esplendidas. Amé profundamente haberme introducido en este mundo tan delirante. Es una historia sin una pizca de lógica pero que gracias a eso te hace pasar momentos tremendos, llenos de risas y confusión. La verdad es que hace meses que tengo el libro en mis estanterías pero no me animaba a comenzarlo porque escuché opiniones muy variadas. Nunca vi la película así que tampoco tenía una idea de lo que trata la historia, pero ahora que ya leí el libro no tengo dudas de que quiero ver esa película. Mientras leía me intrigaba qué es lo que iba a suceder a continuación, porque al suceder cosas tan locas nunca llegabas a imaginar concretamente lo que vendría. Esa intriga es justamente lo que me produjo una gran emoción al leerlo. Me encantó de principio a fin.

  • Kyriakos Sorokkou
    2019-04-23 04:06

    the authorCharles Ludwidge Dodgson to maintain his anonymity and remain immune to criticism came up with his pen name by translating his first two names into Latin 'Carolus Lodovicus' and then anglicising them to 'Lewis Carroll' a perfect example of his love for the playfulness of language, something we notice in every page of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland where a whole array of animals and eccentric characters parade throughout the seemingly non-existing plot.the adventures"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 conversations?"Alice is bored with reality like every single one of us when she suddenly spots a white rabbit wearing a waistcoat and carrying a pocket-watch. She follows the rabbit into the rabbit hole and then she enters in a fantastical world where everything is quite the opposite from our world.They don't learn reading and writing but reeling and writhing, a catterpillar smokes a hookah sitting on a hallucinogenic mushroom, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare have an eternal tea party, the very ugly duchess has a child transformed into a pig, a constantly angry "Off with her/his head!" Red Queen of Hearts, a constantly greening Cheshire cat "We are all mad here" and many more.the language I'm not going to spoil the plot or if you prefer the experience of reading this book which I believe loses a lot in translation since one of the joys in reading this book is the word play that Carroll was using. Experimenting, dissecting and stretching out the limits of language. Some mentioned Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation but I don't want to confuse you or me any more. The dialogues reminded me the non sequitur dialogues from The Theatre of the Absurd i.e. Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, the characters's appearances and landscapes reminded me a bit of Salvador Dalí's surrealism, and the whole witticism of the book reminded me of Eugene Trivizas's own kind of witticism.I gave this book 4 stars the first time I read it (2010), still a newbie with English language, but now that I'm an expert I give it 5 stars. If you haven't read it, what are you waiting for?? I rarely laugh let alone with Victorian wit but this book made me laugh. That's a serious reason to read this book and of course its sequel!

  • Nina
    2019-04-29 07:05

    It’s been years since I’ve last read this book but it was once again a very enjoyable read! :)

  • Maria Angelica
    2019-05-01 02:27

    Eu tenho quatro cópias desse livro na minha estante. QUATRO! Só essa semana que eu decidi finalmente lê-lo de verdade. Obviamente que estou um pouco chateada que não curti tanto quanto gostaria. Sim, é divertido se você se imagina como uma criança lendo, mas falta muita coesão na história. Senti que não se conecta muito bem e as coisas acontecem tão rápido que não dá nem tempo de entender o que está acontecendo. Tive que reler alguns capítulos várias vezes.Posso estar falando algo muito polêmico, mas gostei mais do filme animado da Disney por ter transformado esse mundo mágico e bizarro em algo que faz um pouco mais de sentido.Mesmo assim manterei minhas edições maravilhosas na estante. Hehehehehhe.

  • PorshaJo
    2019-04-20 10:26

    I can't believe I never read this one. I've owned a copy for years but just never got around to it. I've seen many variations of movies/cartoons on it and know the story...but just never read it for myself. It is a wonderful book. So full of imagination and strange, odd things. I have to wonder about Carroll and how the heck he came up with this so long ago. From Oxford to Wonderland, that is quite a jump.

  • Raha
    2019-04-30 04:10

    این کتاب برای من یادآور خیلی چیزا بود که فراموششون کرده بودم؛ ضمن اینکه یکی دو تا نکتۀ جدید هم ازش یاد گرفتمنیچه یه جمله ی جالبی داره که گفته : هر روز بیشتر به این واقعیت پی می برم که زندگی را نمی توان تحمل کرد مگر دیوانگی چاشنی آن باشدتو این کتاب یه جایی گربه ی چشایر به آلیس میگه : همه ی ما در اینجا دیوانه هستیم . من دیوانه ام ، تو دیوانه ایآلیس می پرسه : از کجا می دونی که من دیوانه ام!؟گربه جواب میده که : باید دیوانه باشی ، در غیر این صورت اینجا نمی آمدی

  • Kayla
    2019-04-21 04:14

    4 Stars.I Loved it! No wonder it's such a popular choice and so highly talked about! It's fun, whimsical, quirky and just an all around delightful read. It just made me feel good and happy like talking to an old friend. There is no disputing that this belongs in the GREAT Classics category! Believe the hype!

  • Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)
    2019-05-21 08:27

    English/ItalianoFirst of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)This was my first buddy read EVER and I’m glad I had it with Cordelianne!WARNING: this review contains a very unpopular opinion, so read at your risk. You may find some ranting parts and a lot of disappointment.Seriously, I shall ask you to respect my opinion because everyone no one has the same tastes and I tend to a person who, unfortunately (that doesn’t mean I want to) is in the unpopular-opinions club. Of course it’s okay to comment in a civil way and I’d love to talk about this book with you!Probably you are wondering why I gave it just 2 stars to this book and I can assure you I didn’t expect it. I expected to love it or at least like it, although none of this never happened and I was just disappointed. Maybe you are surprised as much as the me of the past would have been, if she only had known.I have watched the film a loooong time ago and many times, so I thought it would have been amazing to finally read the book too. I haven’t watched the film in a long time, but I surely liked it way more than I liked this book.The main problems:• The narration is just a mix of everything the author could ever have thought of. And I’m not saying it in a positive way, on the other hand it felt too forced, just to keep the story going without the presence of a real plot. Speaking about which, I found no plot in this book. Alice gets lost in Wonderland and keeps wandering through this world without any point. Just like that.• No world building! Where is the Wonderland I would have loved get lost in as a kid? I know it’s a children book, but for God’s sake, I want to know the world I’m reading about!• The dialogues are strange, pointless and just a bunch of phrases that, most of time, have no meaning and they just confuse you. If the point is to confuse people, then it’s perfect.•The characters are just people that Alice’s met and they are important in the story just as this book has been to my life, which is 0%, folks. I was hoping for the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit to not disappoint me, but even they felt too weird, meaningless and boring to me.• Why Alice did have to repeat all these poems in the story? Actually, the presence of these poems made me bored. There it comes meaningless aspect again. Plus, I found her annoying and childish too.In conclusion: it was a lot of things done wrong and I couldn’t accept that. Anyway, I’m glad to have finally read this book because, as my friend Cordelianne said, this has to be read at least once in your life.ItalianoATTENZIONE: questa recensione contiene una piuttosto opinione impopolare, quindi leggetela a vostro rischio. Potreste trovare alcune parti liberatorie e molta delusione.Seriamente, dovrei chiedervi di rispettare la mia opinione perché nessuno ha gli stessi gusti a io tendo ad essere una persona che, sfortunatamente (questo non significa che io lo voglia) è nel club delle opinioni-impopolari. Certamente è okay commentare in modo civile e mi piacerebbe moltissimo parlare di questo libro con voi!Probabilmente ti stai chiedendo perché io abbia dato solo 2 stelline a questo libro e io posso assicurarti che non me lo aspettavo. Mi aspettavo di amarlo o almeno che mi sarebbe piaciuto, sebbene niente di tutto questo sia successo e io ero solamente delusa. Forse sei sorpreso tanto quanto la me del passato sarebbe stata, se lei avesse saputo.Ho guardato il film moooolto tempo fa e molte volte, quindi ho pensatoche sarebbe stato fantastico leggere anche il libro. Non guardo il film da molto, ma mi è piaciuto sicuramente molto di più di questo libro.I problemi principali:• La narrazione è solo un miscuglio di qualsiasi cosa l’autore avrebbe potuto mai pensare. E non lo sto dicendo in un modo positivo, invece è sembrata troppo forzata, solo per far continuare la storia senza neanche la presenza di una vera trama. Parlando di ciò, non ho trovato una trama in questo libro. Alice si perde nel Paese delle Meraviglie e continua a vagare attraverso questo mondo senza nessuno scopo. Proprio così.• Non c’è nessun world building! Dov’è il Paese delle Meraviglie in cui mi sarei volentieri persa da bambina? So che c’è un libro per bambini, ma per l’amor di Dio, vorrei conoscere il mondo di cui sto leggendo!• I dialoghi sono strani, senza senso e solo una manciata di frasi che, la maggior parte del tempo, non hanno significato e ti confondono solamente. Se il punto è di confondere la gente, allora è perfetto.•I personaggi sono solo persone che Alice ha incontrato e loro sono importanti nella storia proprio come questo libro lo è stato nella mia vita, cioè 0%, gente. Speravo che il Cappellaio Matto, la Regina di Cuori e il Bian Coniglio di non deludermi, ma persino loro sono sembrati troppo strani, senza senso e noiosi.• Perché Alice doveva ripetere tutte quelle filastrocche nella storia? In realtà, la loro presenza mi ha fatto annoiare. Ed ecco che arriva l’aspetto senza senso ancora. In più, l’ho trovata fastidiosa e anche infantile.In conclusione: ci sono state davvero molte cose fatte male e non lo posso accettare. Comunque, sono contenta di aver finalmente letto questo libro perché questo libro deve essere letto almeno una volta nella vita.

  • M.
    2019-04-22 05:31

    Çocukluğumda beni en çok etkilemiş kitap. Benim gibi pek çok başka çocuğun da dünyasını bütünüyle değiştirmiştir eminim ki.Alice, gerçek dünyadan bir kaçıştır. Bu çocuklar için gerçeğin doğasının tartışmasız ve sorgusuz kabulüne dayanan ket vurucu bir dünya görüşünden daha esnek, daha yaratıcı bir dünya görüşüne de geçişin kapısının aralanması demek.Benim için de aynen böyle oldu.Bu kitabı okuduktan sonra gerçeğin doğasını sorgular oldum. Bir taş, taş olmaktan çıktı, bir mantar mantar olmaktan çıktı. Hayal gücüm bir anda renklerine, seslerine kavuştu. Doğaya bakışım değişti.İnsanlara bakışım değişti.Ve kendi hayal dünyam, benim arka bahçem oldu; tıpkı Alice gibi, aynadan içeri bakabildiğim!

  • Niyura
    2019-05-05 05:28

    Qué libro más divertido! Lo amas o lo odias… y yo me quedo con la primera opción!

  • Larnacouerde SH
    2019-05-01 09:05

    Bu nasıl muhteşem bir hayal dünyası? Nasıl harika karakterler? Delirececeğim. Ya gerçekten o kadar tatlı ki, yaşa başa katiyen bakmıyor kesinlikle her yaşa hitap ediyor kitap; farkında olmaksızın karakterlerin ses tonlarına bürünerek yüzünüzde şapşal bir gülümsemeyle okuyorsunuz kitabı. Kitap, CR listemde yıllardır duruyordu (malum arkadaşlarım özellikle adı lazım değil Deniz, Filiz ve Kübra bilir) bu kez baştan alarak okudum ve inanın bir sayfası bile fazla gelmedi. Hatta kitap bittiğinden beri düşünüyorum; Cheshire'ın harika replikleri mi yoksa Düşes'in her şeyden çıkardığı manidar dersler mi favorim bilemedim. Belki nargile içen tırtıl ve aksiliğini bile seçebilirim.Ay gülümsememe engel olamıyorum. Başıma resmen iş açtın Alice, şimdi üstün (!) yeteneklerimle binlerce çizim yapmalı, sağa sola sevdiğim replikleri yazmalı, kız kardeşle hakkında sohbetler etmeli oturup filmleri baştan sona izlemeliyim. ÇÜNKÜ NEDEN OLMASIN? Şunun şurasında hepimiz deliyiz.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-21 05:24

    1.5 Stars I really struggled to rate this. I wasn't expecting much and didn't think I'd like it. Although I don't regret reading it because I wanted to know the story before I read HeartlessThis book was really weird and I just didn't like it. Also, Alice was really annoying so I really had to push myself to carry on reading. I was waiting for when we met the Queen of Hearts becuase that was the only reason I read this. Overall, I will never pick this book up again.

  • Emily May
    2019-05-08 09:09

    I'm still not sure whether I think Lewis Carroll created a fantastic piece of fantasy or a great big pile of nonsense. I suspect it's a combination of the two. I like some of Alice's adventures - really, how could I not? - but Wonderland was always leaning a bit towards the negative side of bizarre for me.

  • Obsidian
    2019-04-26 03:20

    I read this book as part of the Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday Challenge for 2016. We read dead authors books whose birthday falls within a particular month. I will see if I have time for another author. I picked this one since it was my favorite as a child. Re-reading as an adult though I realize what a little jerk Alice was at times though.Alice chases after the White Rabbit and then falls headlong into Wonderland.Once she arrives in Wonderland she comes across a small door and through it she can see a beautiful garden that she wants to explore. Since the door is very small, Alice ends up coming across a table with an unknown drink which she drinks after examining it which causes her to shrink. From there it becomes a comedy of errors as Alice shrinks and grows and is still unable to gain access to the garden. I think at one point I said, for heaven's sake unlock the dang door while you are big and then get small and go through it! Due to Alice's constant crying she is then swept away by her own tears when she is small with a host of other animals. What causes me to laugh is that everytime Alice happens upon a new situation she says the wrong thing and almost always makes things worse. Case in point, she gets sent to the White Rabbit's house for a fan and gloves, she grows again, and when the White Rabbit who is rightfully put out by her entire body taking up his house, proceeds to go and terrorize him and others who do their best to get her out of the house. The line, well there goes Bill caused me to laugh out loud. The writing was funny though at times confusing. You realize that everyone is a little mad here and nothing anyone says makes a lick of sense. The flow was really good though. None of the chapters were too long/short and everything worked together. I loved that the version of the book I had included illustrations which were nice to see and it broke up the text nicely. The setting of Wonderland was an odd thing. I honestly couldn't get a handle on how big/small the place was since Alice was shrinking and growing. It seemed like everything was right next door to each other. The ending was very cute and I loved how the story ends with the older sister thinking of how one day when Alice is grown up she will tell her children stories of Wonderland and thereby keep her childhood memories alive.