Saturday, December 5, 2009

gift idea: The Annotated Alice


When I was studying in Japan, and starved for books to read that didn't require 3 dictionaries, I checked The Annotated Alice out of my school library.

I usually have a soft spot in my English-major heart for annotated accompaniments to novels, but this one is spectacular for two reasons:
  1. It transforms Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass from eclectic, druggy nonsense into a logical and reasonable story;
  2. It gave me an appreciation for theoretical mathematics.

Here's an excerpt from the book, after Alice picks up the rabbit's white gloves and fanning herself (original text on the left; annotations on the right):


$19.97 from Amazon.com.

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