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Alice's Adventures Under Ground

Lewis Carroll

Book Overview: 

This is the handwritten book that Carroll wrote for private use before being urged to develop it later into Alice in Wonderland. It was generously illustrated by Carroll and meant to entertain his family and friends. When a sick child in a hospital enjoyed it so much, the mother wrote him saying it had distracted her for a bit from her pain and led eventually to Carroll expanding the story.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .knew of the same age as herself, to see if she could have been changed for any of them.

"I'm sure I'm not Gertrude," she said, "for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn't go in ringlets at all—and I'm sure I ca'n't be Florence, for I know all sorts of things, and she, oh! she knows such a very little! Besides, she's she, and I'm I, and—oh dear! how puzzling it all is! I'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is fourteen—oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at this rate! But the Multiplication Table don't signify—let's try Geography. London is the capital of France, and Rome is the capital of Yorkshire, and Paris—oh dear! dear! that's all wrong, I'm certain! I must have been changed for Florence! I'll try and say "How doth the little,"" and she crossed her hands on her[15] lap, and began, but her voice sounded hoars. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I enjoyed Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, especially as this copy has fantastic replicas of the original drawings. Although the story is so familier, it was nice to actually read it at last. I couldn't get into the Sylvia and Bruno stories at all - I was totally lost after a co...more

Wonderful fancy and imaginative stories fit for anyone and everyone. I finally got a good taste of the literature that so much of modern children's literature and fantasy in general are based on. Very fun and well-written stories and intermingled poetry.

I've loved Lewios Carroll from a very early age. Luckily, my parents had the Modern Library complete works, and I devoured it. Alice as a young child and several times thereafter, later Hunting of the Snark, later the puzzles and logic problems.

Great stuff!!

Great classics.

The Alice books are absolutely two of the best books ever written. Sylvie and Bruno, meh. Some of the poetry is too sentimental for me. But the nonsense poems are genius. The Hunting of the Snark is the funniest poem EVER!

4,75 stars - English hardcover - I have dyslexia -
Note in notebook : read some poems in my schoolsysteem. This book I read while I was au-pair in Bath.

Hermoso. Hace tiempo lo leí, siempre vuelvo a alguna historia.
Dulce y lleno de metáforas para salir cambiado, crecido cada vez que se cierra la última página. Lo recomiendo a quienes disfruran de esas narrativas inocentes cargadas de significado, los clásicos que envuelven una tarde cualquiera....more

Abundance of puns.

It's a long time since I last read the 'Alice' books, and I was struck by how matter-of-fact they are. Extraordinary things happen, without comment: this seems to me to be the model for all good fantasy, the world should be so well-formed within the writer's imagination that no explanation - or w...more

Exhausting, nonsensical, but charming.

I presume it's much like having a small child, a little bag of sunshine that makes you smile for no reason, yet infuriates you at the same time for being so bloody nonsensical.
Carrol, and his Alice, much like young children in general find (and show us) wonde...more

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