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Sylvie and Bruno, first published in 1889, and its second volume Sylvie and Bruno Concluded published in 1893, form the last novel by Lewis Carroll published during his lifetime. The novel has two main plots: one set in the real world at the time the book was published (the Victorian era), the other in the fantasy world of Fairyland. While the latter plot is a fairy tale wSylvie and Bruno, first published in 1889, and its second volume Sylvie and Bruno Concluded published in 1893, form the last novel by Lewis Carroll published during his lifetime. The novel has two main plots: one set in the real world at the time the book was published (the Victorian era), the other in the fantasy world of Fairyland. While the latter plot is a fairy tale with many nonsense elements and poems, similar to Carroll's Alice books, the story set in Victorian Britain is a social novel, with its characters discussing various concepts and aspects of religion, society, philosophy and morality....

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ISBN : 9781425047757
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Number of Pages : 340 Pages
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Sylvie and Bruno Concluded Reviews

  • Manny
    2019-02-08 04:21

    One of my favorite Lewis Carroll passages is to be found in this undeservedly forgotten book. If you don't already know what Black Light is, read on:"Our Second Experiment", the Professor announced, as Bruno returned to his place, still thoughtfully rubbing his elbows, "is the production of that seldom-seen-but-greatly-to-be-admired phenomenon, Black Light! You have seen White Light, Red Light, Green Light, and so on: but never, till this wonderful day, have any eyes but mine seen Black Light! This box", carefully lifting it upon the table, and covering it with a heap of blankets, "is quite full of it. The way I made it was this - I took a lighted candle into a dark cupboard and shut the door. Of course the cupboard was then full of Yellow Light. Then I took a bottle of Black ink, and poured it over the candle: and, to my delight, every atom of the Yellow Light turned Black! That was indeed the proudest moment of my life! Then I filled a box with it. And now - would anyone like to get under the blankets and see it?"Dead silence followed this appeal: but at last Bruno said "I'll get under, if it won't jingle my elbows."Satisfied on this point, Bruno crawled under the blankets, and, after a minute or two, crawled out again, very hot and dusty, and with his hair in the wildest confusion."What did you see in the box?" Sylvie eagerly enquired."I saw nuffin!" Bruno sadly replied. "It were too dark!""He has described the appearance of the thing exactly!" the Professor exclaimed with enthusiasm. "Black Light, and Nothing, look so extremely alike, at first sight, that I don't wonder he failed to distinguish them! We will now proceed to the Third Experiment."I understand that CERN have finally succeeded in duplicating the Professor's results, and will be publishing details in the near future.

  • Fabian
    2019-01-23 02:38

    If you haven't read the first one.... do NOT bother. & if you have read Sylvie and Bruno 1, well, don't bother either.I think I've had a fine time reading the four novels Carroll produced. This one continues the tale of the mystical children/fairies, and the main character, after 50 chapters (25 for each novel), is an undoubted pedophile! Why else mix in adult attitudes with the purity and naivete of children? Why have them make cameos at the strangest of interludes? I do not understand the madness. "Sylvie and Bruno" are emblematic figures, but the plot is invisible, despite its countless possibilities. It IS unexpected, but also excruciatingly unexplainable.

  • Eleanor
    2019-02-02 03:21

    A very strange book, with everything from cutesy-pie fairy children to mass deaths in a nearby village. The illustrations are lovely and there are some amusing sections, such as the Professor's lecture and the humans' dinner party, but overall I still find the whole concept a mess. It isn't a child's book, despite all the fairy interludes. Not much in the way of plot, either in the sections about the fairies or those concerning the humans. Generous dollops of discussions about Christian values and attitudes. And that's it really.I'm amazed that some reviewers can say it's so much better than the Alice books. Really?

  • Marian
    2019-01-25 21:24

    If you thought Sylvie and Bruno ended a little abruptly, you thought correctly. In this sequel, Carroll brings closure to his characters and their plotlines, from the unhappy Dr. Forester to sweet-natured Sylvie (and even Prince Uggug). I found it to be a little less humorous than book 1, but still greatly moving and, as before, a brilliant combination of nonsense and serious social commentary. Highly recommend reading this right after the first book, since together they form the complete story.

  • King Ævil
    2019-02-16 21:12

    It is no surprise that the Sylvie and Bruno stories aren't among Lewis Carroll's most famous, but I wasn't disappointed by them. Their balance between reality and fantasy is weighted much more heavily toward reality than are the Alice books, but fortunately that doesn't stifle Carroll's flair for silliness as much as you might expect.Mister Sir, the narrator, reminds me just a tiny bit of Carlos Castaneda in The Teachings of Don Juan in that he drifts back and forth among several alternate and overlapping states of reality: plain reality, a more or less pure dream state (where the action in Outland takes place), and a curious overlapping of reality and the fairy world (in which he interacts with the title characters).I'd been forewarned of their religious content, and considering Carroll's reputation as a religious conservative, I braced myself for a fantasy story heavily laced with evangelism. However, the discussions the narrator has with the other principals read more like a theological discussion than like proselytizing. Carroll even takes a dig at Old Testament morality in this passage, a favorite of mine:"In the Old Testament, no doubt, rewards and punishments are constantly appealed to as motives for action. That teaching is best for children, and the Israelites seem to have been, mentally, utter children. We guide our children thus, at first; but we appeal, as soon as possible to their innate sense of Right and Wrong: and, when that stage is safely past, we appeal to the highest motive of all, the desire for likeness to, and union with, the Supreme Good."In the preface to Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, the author admits to having taken considerable heat for the theological discussions in the previous volume; his criticism of the implicit selfishness in modern sermons, against which he contrasts more sophisticated, "adult" morality in the quoted passage above, caused several of his readers to complain. He also stands by what he wrote, however, and refuses to apologize for it. I applaud his refusal to back down before the kind of perpetually offended moralizers with which our modern society is also plagued.

  • Miranda
    2019-01-25 00:27

    A wonderful story. Sometimes a bit hard to follow until you get used to switching back and forth between reality and the "eerie" states where Sylvie, Bruno, and the rest reside. Christian overtones are present, but not so overbearing that one can't take a general lesson or two from them. It's quite sad that this book isn't better known. Or maybe it's just me that had never heard of it. Alice is great and all, but mischevious Bruno has completely won my heart.

  • Gacelorra
    2019-02-09 22:23

    Aunque la a veces escasa cohesión narrativa pueda echarse en falta en algún tramo no creo que llegue a ser un problema. Se sobreentiende que es fruto de la elaboración del libro, que duró varios años (creo que alrededor de 20) y que incluye variados fragmentos e ideas que Carroll consideró oportuno integrar en la obra. Aumenta la sensación de ese todo poco unido el que las subtramas se interrumpan y entrecorten saltando de golpe de unas a otras, que se entremezclen entre sí, que desemboquen unas en otras como cajas chinas... Todo esto le da un matiz y un tono como de ensoñación al libro. De hecho esta es la pregunta con que se abre el mismo: "¿Acaso es nuestra vida sólo un sueño/ entrevisto en el áureo fulgor/ que hiende el funesto río del tiempo?" Personalmente el único problema que tuve fue con el personaje de Bruno. Carroll se vale de la voz infantil para replantearse cuestiones que muchas veces damos por sentadas y nos insta a mirarlas desde una perspectiva diferente. Por ej. a lo largo del libro se hace hincapié varias veces en cuestiones lingüísticas. Bruno es el niño más pequeño y desde luego se comporta como tal. Y por lo general es un personaje simpático y que sigue a rajatabla su lógica de niño. El problema es en ciertas ocasiones, no sé si por un intento de Carroll por hacerlo adorable, puede terminar resultando un poco empalagoso e irritante. Pocas veces. Aún así tiene mi línea favorita y la que más me hizo reír:- Y el hombde sacó a la cabda del saco. -"Pero no habías mencionado el saco antes", dije yo. "Ni lo volveré a haced"

  • Книжни Криле
    2019-02-20 05:23

    Луис Карол е един от най-големите класици на детската литература, а неговата Алиса е сред най-разпознаваемите и обичани персонажи и до ден днешен не е престанала да интригува малки и големи читатели и да се радва на всевъзможни интерпретации и адаптации. Не зная дали е логично или странно, че останалите произведения на Карол остават в сянката на двете книги за Алиса. От една страна, трудно е да се повтори феноменалния успех на историята с бели зайци, усмихващи се котараци и гневни кралици, смесила в себе си чистия ескейпизъм и лудешкия нонсенс с купища игрословици, двойнствен смисъл и енигматични препратки. От друга страна пък същия този феноменален успех би трябвало да е повече от добра причина да се четат и останалите произведения на Луис Карол, пък било то и от чисто любопитство. Днес ще ви разкажем за двата тома с магическите приключения на „Силви и Бруно” (изд. „Делакорт”). Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":

  • Angie
    2019-01-31 21:29

    This is a strange hodge-podge of sentimental stories of fairies/children, nonsense stories & verse, and pseudo-scientific & theological dialogues. I went ahead and put it on my "young readers" shelf because I think it is meant for young readers, I'm just not sure how much they might enjoy some of the conversations of the adult/human characters. In the introduction Carroll says that he created the Sylvie and Bruno stories by collecting random thoughts and dialogues he had or thought about; then piecing them together as a story; it shows, the plot is haphazard. Sylvie and Bruno is only the first half of the story and if you stop at the end of this book, you may wonder what happened to the whole outland/fairyland side of the story as it seems to have just disappeared. It does return and resolve itself (in a Lewis Carroll sort of way) in the second part Sylvie and Bruno Concluded. I recommend you read both together. There are a lot of hidden gems in here, mostly the sweet, silly, sentimental stories of the fairy children Sylvie & Bruno. The human/adult characters are much less compelling, especially the stiff and didactic hero Arthur.

  • Aaron
    2019-02-12 21:25

    This was very excellent. I think it is Lewis Carroll at his best. Yes, better then the Alice series put together. This story definitely has a healthy dose of what is reality and what is fantasy/dream. Some stories can over-react with that issue but this is perfect. And when these two worlds collide there seems to be harmony to it. It definitely is one of his more Christian oriented stories as well as his best.

  • Celeste Spangler
    2019-02-19 02:23

    The second half of the story - not terribly different than the first, only it did come to some conclusion. Bruno's baby speech was getting pretty tiresome by the end. The philosophical points in this half seemed to be a bit deeper than the first. But again, if you try to think too hard about the storyline you'll just make your head hurt. Don't try to make sense out of the whole thing (like most of Carroll's work, it seems) and it's a passably interesting read.

  • Alda Nielsdottir
    2019-02-09 03:20

    This book was weird. It made no sense 80 percent of the time but it did have some interesting and funny pieces of dialogue among its many pages and Bruno was an adorable little boy with such an interesting way to look at things and sometimes take them too literally. And the relationship between Bruno and Sylvie was adorable.

  • Danger Kallisti
    2019-01-30 00:19

    Not really much more to say here; it's just the sequel. It carried on with the marvelous, psychedelic weirdness and safe, child-friendly Christianity. I have to admit that I was pretty sick of Lewis Carroll by the time I neared the end, but it all wrapped up prettily enough that in the end I didn't mind.

  • Roxanne
    2019-02-05 03:24

    It was a quaint little story, and a darling one at that. Because of that, though, I didn't find myself dying to get back to it and took a long while to finish it. But each time I picked it up again, I remembered how whimsical and endearing it is. Overall I thought it a nice little book to read on a lazy day with a cup of tea, but not the sort one would stay up all night to finish.

  • Maggie
    2019-02-03 00:24

    another great children's book that adults can enjoy also. i had a continued echo that perhaps john crowley's little, big may have spun off of this lewis carroll jewel. a fine pedigree if so, imo.

  • Gül Yıldız
    2019-02-02 22:30

    Best quote of the book: "When a man's tipsy (that's one extreme, you know), he sees one thing as two. But, when he's extremely sober (that's the other extreme), he sees two things as one. It's equally inconvenient, whichever happens."

  • Samantha
    2019-02-05 04:22

    It did turn out to be quite a sweet story. It is hard to follow sometimes, and I do wish that the separate worlds were more clearly entered into. Overall, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I took the time to embark on a new Lewis Carroll story.

  • Alysta
    2019-02-05 01:37

    A great ending!

  • Lis Katrine Albers
    2019-02-13 04:38

    Even better than the first book of Sylvie and Bruno! The feels at the ending! asdfgjjædoiejfnfiwn

  • Dodo
    2019-02-08 03:33


  • Lindsay
    2019-02-19 23:11

    Once again Bruno is a delightful and adorable character. The movement from the faerie to the mundane world gives both stories a dreamlike character.