Top 10 Books by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

 

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27, January 1832 – 27, January 1898) or Lewis Carroll, whatever you call him he was one of the best writers we have seen as a child or as an adult. His fantasies get kids and adults hinged to it equally which is something really amazing. His style of writing was nonsense; everything he wrote was never real at all, but fun to read.

Obviously, we have read his poems and short stories in English literature during school days but were you aware that he was not only a great writer but also a mathematician, logician, and photographer. His expertise as a logician was reflected in his works as well, which you will be aware of if you have seen his work.

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The story revolves around a girl Alice and her adventures in a wonderland, she arrives in the wonderland by chasing a rabbit, and all the events are outright interesting, fun and exciting to read.

Read it For:
Read to experience a perfect blend of humor and fantasy in one of Lewis Carroll best sellers.
Don't Read it For:
The book overall is really amazing, and you will enjoy reading it a lot. However, there are some dark undercurrents present as well which can have a bad impact on a kid’s mind.
What makes this book stand out?:
The expertise of a logician is shown in the book through his hilarious fallacies

Through the Looking Glass

The sequel of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is basically a dream sequence in which Alice goes through a series of events which again make no sense but are really interesting to read. The humor again is really nice and one of Lewis Carroll popular novels

Read it For:
The way everything has been presented even in a series of weird and almost unconnected events is just amazing and make it a must-read.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a nice one but there is a lot of insulting tone towards Alice which can get annoying, but if you take it in the right way it will be fun.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book will make you wonder how much this man was able to imagine, the extent of imagination one needs to create such a fantasy is just amazing.

The Annotated Alice

The book has a lot of work of Lewis Carroll annotated by Martin Gardner; the book reveals the mathematical results which were there in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel.

Read it For:
Read this book to understand how much sense the nonsense of Carroll really had, you will definitely love it.
Don't Read it For:
The book is really nice to read, and it is considered as one of important Lewis Carol books, but the math and extensive reference can get boring for some who don’t really enjoy that type of stuff.
What makes this book stand out?:
The details in the book are incredible, the illustrations and work of Gardner is something really appreciable.

The Hunting of the Snark

This book contains an amazing nonsense poem “The Hunting of Snark” which has unusual characters featuring another poem Jabberwocky.

Read it For:
The book is worth reading because of the detailed illustrations are given by Chris Riddell, the efforts he has put in is just amazing, and one should definitely read it.
Don't Read it For:
The mix of two amazing nonsense poems is really amazing but it can fail to satisfy a few readers, and they may feel a bit lost in all this mix-up
What makes this book stand out?:
The book certainly brings backs some memories and is fun to read.
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Jabberwocky and Other Poems

This book features a very famous poem Jabberwocky, which is a poem about killing this creature that is a fourteen fingered beast playing basketball. The book surely leaves you wondering what this creature really signifies here but its fun overall.

Read it For:
The book is worth reading because it is an amazing poem and also because of the amazing re-imagination by Christopher Myers.
Don't Read it For:
The book overall is really nice and creative, the illustrations are nice as well, but nonsense can be really hard for some to handle, so I recommend that you should read it with patience to understand everything.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is really fun and how everything is explained in such a short book is incredible. The book is specifically for kids, but families will enjoy reading it as well.

Sylvie and Bruno

This book again is a fantasy; don’t expect anything else from the writer. Well, it is a story of a man’s real life and his dream sequence, his dream sequence is where he meets the characters mentioned in the title of the book.

Read it For:
Read this if Alice’s Wonderland was not enough for your mind and I seriously think it won’t be enough after all he is such a nice writer, it is normal to want more
Don't Read it For:
The book has no reality at all which again can be a problem for some but it should not be the case, and one should enjoy the fantasy.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way this nonsense is explained is really nice and also the creativity of the writer is something one should really appreciate as it is something really different.

The Walrus and The Carpenter

The book features the story of the characters mentioned in the title in a nonsense world, a seashore basically where they are walking and come across some seashells. The story from there is entertaining and imaginative a must read for fantasy lovers.

Read it For:
Like all other content from the writer, it is also fun and light-hearted.
Don't Read it For:
The meaning of the content is not really clear and has been debated upon by several readers and writers; however, it is still a book to enjoy.
What makes this book stand out?:
The illustrations done in the book are very descriptive and amazing; the level of detail is something you don’t find every day.

A Tangled Tale

This book has very nicely combined mathematics and storytelling, one can really enjoy the stories along with the mathematical puzzles in the book.

Read it For:
Read this fun combination to refresh your mind also put it to work, a book worth your time.
Don't Read it For:
Those who don’t like mathematics may not really enjoy it, but if you are a Carroll fan then you should definitely read it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The combination of two entirely different things done by the author is something which separates it from others.

Lewis Carroll: A Biography

It is not a book by Carroll, but it has a place in the list because it is something which will really educate you about what Carroll was like in his real life. It is a very good biography, and you should read it if you like Lewis Carroll.

Read it For:
Read this book to understand what he was really like.
Don't Read it For:
Read this book to understand what he was really like.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is very nicely detailed which can be both good and bad depending on the reader.

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