No need to "go ask alice" when you have the annotated one
Perhaps no other set of works in literature benefits more from annotation than "alice's adventures in wonderland" and "through the looking class." martin gardner, the author of a regular monthly column on recreational mathematics for "scientific american," provides expert commentary on all the jokes, games, puzzles, tricks, parodies, obscure references and other curiosities with which lewis carroll saturated his writing. that means that you will find out who was the original model for the chesire cat and how the "jabberwocky" poem translates into french. actually, the definitions of all of those strange words in "jabberwocky" is quite a load off of my mind. besides, this edition also contains the full text of each tale, together with all of the original sir john tenniel illustrations in their proper places. the annotation runs concurrently with the text and gardner also provides an introduction that covers both the story of how the books came to be written and some of the most interesting analyses of carroll's works, such as those always fun freudian interpretations. the bottom line is that either one of these books gets 5 stars by itself, so when you put the two of them together and add all this annotation, there is nothing to complain about. this is the perfect book for re-reading these books; i would never send anybody here for their first exposure to alice, but once they are hooked on carroll's sublime nonsense this will open up a whole new dimension or two (or three) of his work for them.