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Through the Looking-Glass (Puffin Classics)

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Through the Looking-Glass (Puffin Classics)

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Much better than the cartoonThe popular cartoon that amalgamates Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" is a disservice for the books' abilities to stand as two independent stories. I read both of them to my children at bedtime recently and I enjoyed the disassembled stories much more than the cartoon. As with most books adapted to film, there is so much depth that is lost in the adaptation.I have to be honest, though, that reading this book challenged my oral reading abilities. Its one thing to read a text such as this to yourself, it is another matter entirely to have to vocalize some of the nonsensical verbiage to others. My suggestion to others would be, if opportunity exists, read it to yourself before you read it to someone else. Many of the words in the text do not flow naturally off the tongue (or at least not mine).4Through the Looking-GlassA young girl, named Alice, falls asleep and dreams of exploring the alternate world inside the mirror (or on the other side of the looking-glass). This is largely a continuation of the fantastical sorts of adventures she had in the first volume (Alice s Adventures in Wonderland), though this time many things are reversed (or in mirror image) and her adventures are constructed within the framework of a life-sized chess board. Most of the poetry I had remembered from my childhood in connection with Alice was in this volume, and I was surprised to find, upon rereading, the harsh and sometimes sinister connotations they relayed that I had not grasped when I was younger and/or perhaps had only heard out of context previously. Interesting read with beautiful flowing prose and verse. This Puffin Classics edition included illustrations by John Tenniel. I loved the illustrations!5Weirdly WonderfulAlice returns to yet another madcapped adventure. As Alice plays around with her kittens, Snowdrop and Kitty, she unwittingly steps through the mirror into another world reminiscent of Wonderland. Along with Alice, we meet the marvelous characters of the Red Queen, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the White Queen, Humpty Dumpty, a lion, a unicorn and the White Knight. Through the Looking Glass is interspersed with oddly amusing poems like the Jabberwocky, The Walrus and the Carpenter, The White Knight s Song and Hush-a-by lady. But the grandest of all has to be Lewis Caroll s final poem A boat, beneath a sunny sky In a Wonderland they lie,Dreaming as the days go by,Dreaming as the summers die:Ever drifting down the stream --Lingering in the golden gleam --Life what is it but a dream?5the book and the delivery of the bookThrough the Looking-Glass - Hardback. The book is totally charming in many ways and I'd totally recommend it. Sadly the delivery was not charming, as the book was left loose and unprotected in a box to rattle around, leaving it slightly battered and used looking. Books should be treated with respect.(it also took 3-4 times to get this review past the censors)1These picture-izations of things taking place in the story add immensely to the joy and fun of the whole work of fantasy/satireWhile "Looking Glass" has been available to readers for many years, this edition has the distinct advantage of superb and colorful illustrations. These picture-izations of things taking place in the story add immensely to the joy and fun of the whole work of fantasy/satire. I was delighted to obtain a copy! It's just the sort of book to share with a young reader, or to read aloud while showing the illustrations. The artist has done a real work of comic and active art with skill and genius, to accompany Lewis Carroll's amazing tale of Alice and her Looking Glass world.5Curioser and CurioserOne of the first books I bought on Kindle was the free version of Alice in Wonderland, which has no pictures.As Alice herself says, 'what is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?Without the pictures it is simply not the same reading experience.Recently, I borrowed the Annotated Alice from the library and read both Alice books that way, with the full text of both books, the Tenniel pictures, and annotations, including the origins of various nursery rhymes, and explaining various references. Although you could read Alice without this, all this does considerably enhance the reading experience.I also own a version of Aiw by Sterling Classics, which has outstanding color illustration by Robert Ingpen, with art on every page turn which would be a talking point on any bookshelf, and one you would love to show off to visitors. I originally bought this as a gift, but I am very reluctant to part with it.So, in searching around for an illustrated version you can read on Kindle, I don't think it's possible to do better than the BLTC version of ATTLG, which this is. It has all the Tenniel pictures. In fact the grayscale on the Kindle gives them an extra dimension in shading, that I did not see on the paperback version which was very black and white in look. I consider this my best Kindle purchase in terms of quality and useability and pictures on Amazon so far.With Alice, with the variety of creatures some unfamiliar and hence difficult to imagine, a picture does paint a thousand words. What does a jabberwocky or a gryphon look like?Unfortunately, as all reviews of every version are lumped into each review, it makes it very difficult to assess the merits of a particular edition. Amazon needs to separate these out to help the customer.Here are the links:Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (BLTC Press Edition) Original story, complete with beautiful tenniel grayscale pictures, for $1.99The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition Both stories complete, with Tenniel picures, and annotations.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Sterling Illustrated Classics) Original story plus oustanding illustrations by Robert Ingpen.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The free Kindle version with no pictures.If you want the complete collection of Lewis Carroll, I recommend the Complete Works of Lewis Carroll (Illustrated)which has both Alice Books with pictures.If you want to read illustrated books on Kindle I highly recommend this publisher. Just put BLTC Press in Amazon search bar, to search out their other titles many are well known titles, judging from other purchases well formatted, and some of which are illustrated.I hope you found this helpful, and I think you will love it.5A very good Kindle versionThis review is exclusively for the $1.99 Kindle version of Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass".Unlike some of the other reviewers, I did not buy more than one Kindle version, as I had the benefit of their reviews. But I have to agree with them that for 2 bucks, you cannot go wrong by getting this edition. It is perfect for reading, and it includes all the original Sir John Tenniel illustrations, unspoiled by colorization. Not one word in the poetry flies out of place when columns or fonts are changed. It is quite a good version for reading under a tree by a stream on a warm summer's day (Oops! Wrong story).Since that is the use to which 95% on you will put this edition, I give it five stars. But, for my special uses, which is quoting Carroll in comments on the Bible, and Graduate School papers, this edition has one flaw. Regardless of how many tricks you try, you cannot discover how this text is mapped to a particular paper copy text, which has page numbers. Scholarly citation rules have not cought up with the electronic book reader yet.This is a very nicely converted book.5Excellent, complete free versionI saw from reviews that the other "Through the Looking Glass" free kindle version was incomplete. It didn't include poems or drawings. Well I don't know why anyone would get that version instead of this one. This version is free and it is complete with all poems and pictures. It is all in English, even though part of the title is in French. I really enjoyed the story. I read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland before reading this. The kindle version I read of that book did not include the pictures, so it was really nice to see all of the original drawings in Through the Looking Glass.I liked both books, but this one was more fun - I enjoyed following along with the Chess Game that is played throughout the whole book.5A Very Pretty Book!I really like the Alice books and I'm always on the lookout for an unusual edition. This one is so pretty. Every page has a Tenniel border around it. Some borders have the oysters, Carpenter, Walrus, assorted shells and seaweed. Others include Tweedledum, Tweedledee, umbrellas, the rattle, vorpal sword and the Jabberwocky. It is an unabridged version. The hardcover version is glossy, and the picture on front is really from Alice In Wonderland (Alice's trial with the King & Queen of Hearts) and not Through the Looking Glass. It is published by DSI (Digital Scanning, Inc). On the page adjacent to the cover page, it says that "DSI is committed to bringing many traditional and little known books back to life, retaining the look and feel of the original work". So perhaps someone who published this book long ago made the incorrect choice for the cover. Besides that one small flaw, it is a lovely edition.5Kindle editions - some far better than othersThis Kindle edition is an EXCELLENT choice - 5 stars. 5 stars is also for the original book. I sampled many Alice in Wonderland and all the Through the Looking Glass books I could find available (at Amazon and Gutenberg org - though today I discover some I missed). I believe I found that the best available editions, if you want both, are:The BLTC at 1.79 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (BLTC Press Edition) - this edition is very well formatted with all the Tenniel illustrations that I recall and is the one I purchased myself.The Bompacrazy at .99 Alice in Wonderland (Illustrated) or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated) (these two appear to be exactly the same from the samples as both have the 'blotted out' picture of the Drink Me tag): this is almost as good a choice, though not quite as well formatted. The sample has a Rackham illustration (and there may be more) as well as the many Tenniel, though, which is a plus.Today I discovered the Master Edition The Complete Alice in Wonderland (Kindle Master Editions) which I missed before (likely because I was concentrating on Through the Looking Glass, which has far fewer editions, and then pursuing the 'matching' Alice in Wonderlands). Today the price is .89 and I am going to buy it. It is at least as well formatted as the BLTC (based on the sample) and has even more Alice writings (beyond Wonderland and Looking Glass) as well as essays and historical info and other 'add-ons'. He has all the illustrations from Tenniel and additional ones from Holliday and Carroll (I think he should add Rackham's, too).The free Gutenberg org versions - lacked the improved linking and formatting, but there are various illustrated editions; may be worth it to you if .99 is too much or you are looking for something other than Tenniel.I did see a kindle version of an 'Original First Edition' Alice which appears to be illustrated by Arthur Rackham - in case you are looking for that one instead of the better known John Tenniel version. Alice In Wonderland - Original First Edition Version Published For Kindle - Lewis Carroll That edition has no Tenniel illustrations in the sample; also the text seems to be abridged (or just maybe an earlier version?) and the formatting is poor. Note that the picture of Alice looking at the Cheshire Cat in a tree that appears on this linked product page is not the cover that appears on the downloaded sample; the cover that does appear is of Alice walking with the Duchess and looks like this kindle book: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass - now for more typical Amazon mis-linked craziness, this latter edition has Tenniel illustrations, but beware that they are very small thumbnails and enlarge to very poor quality. I do not recommend either of these editions. The Rackham is available at Gutenberg for free.As many others have said, the basic Kindle edition is a very poor choice, and most others also lack the illustrations. Thank goodness for samples.Re Through the Looking Glass, it was the chess board appearing in the BLTC sample (and not in the BompaCrazy sample) that finalized my choice in their favor (before finding the Master). Here are the BLTC and BompaCrazy links:Through the Looking Glass - BLTCThrough the Looking Glass (Illustrated) - BompaCrazyI hope this review helps you find your best choice far more quickly than I did.5
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