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Book Title: Sylvie and Bruno|
The size of the: 7.30 MB
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: March 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780486255880
The author of the book: Lewis Carroll
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:This is an impossible to rate book, but I'm going to try.
Don't expect an exact clone of the Alice books, or you will be bound to be disappointed.
It is precisely Lewis Carroll's intention to write something unlike the Alice books.
The two most off putting aspects for many modern reader are probably Bruno's cloying baby talk (which hides a bit of subtle subversion, if "it offends oo") and those long passages that outline Carroll's theologico-philosophical speculations that do not include nonsense.
The best way to see it is as a presciently post-modern novel that deconstructs the typical sentimental Victorian novel. Although sentiment, and "right philosophy", and "ennobling thoughts" in the Victorian sense were taken seriously by Lewis Carroll, he gives another dimension by interrupting the narrative and plunging into a fairy dream world. The narrator is essentially autobiographical, an old and somewhat sad gentleman, but one who is fascinated by puzzles, theology, childhood, and with a hyperactive imagination and a love of nonsense. In a way a Carrollian might see it as the only true autobiography.
On commentator suggested (although it is an infinitely easier read) that "Sylvie and Bruno bears the same relation to Lewis Carroll's earlier works, mutis mutandis, as Finnegans Wake to the more intelligible earlier productions of James Joyce". I did a blog posting on exactly these innovative features on our Finnegans Wake reading group blog:
Read information about the authorThe Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.
His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.
Oxford scholar, Church of England Deacon, University Lecturer in Mathematics and Logic, academic author of learned theses, gifted pioneer of portrait photography, colourful writer of imaginative genius and yet a shy and pedantic man, Lewis Carroll stands pre-eminent in the pantheon of inventive literary geniuses.
He also has works published under his real name.
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