Most lovers of the Alice books know little of Sylvie and Bruno
, except for "The Mad Gardener's Song" and a few other excerpts. Though well-received by his public in Carroll's time, its eccentricities make it confusing for 21st-century readers. Unlike the Alice books, Carroll in Sylvie and Bruno
and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded
mixes in moral discussions, though they seem to be aimed at adults, not children. The structure of the book, weaving in and out of different realities, fascinates logicians but may confound the casual reader. But the reader who can shrug off confusion will be rewarded in many ways.
Carroll had intended to publish the tale as a single novel, but because of its length it was originally brought out as two novels, several years apart, which necessitated the writing of "a sort of conclusion" for the first book. Both books are included in Lewis Carroll: The Complete Illustrated Works, though at least one large online bookseller has done its best to keep readers from finding out. Shown above is the cover of the Dover edition, which seems to include only the first book, since only 46 Harry Furniss illustrations are mentioned, and there are nearly double that number in the two books together. (Actually, each book included 45 illustrations by Furniss and one drawing by Alice Havers of the Magic Locket.) At any rate, judging by ISBN number, this is the edition linked through the online text site below.
Original title: Sylvie And Bruno
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult