I understand that the Alice books have a huge following, but I will not be joining that group. Literary nonsense is not for me. I love the Jabberwocky poem, but it was meant to be brief and interesting for that moment. Trying to draw it out into a plotless smorgasbord of gibberish was where I felt this went wrong. Perhaps if I'd been younger I would more enjoy ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, but as an adult, it's just not for me. It seems that the only thing interesting about Wonderland would be the visuals and the imagery that it's built on does not lend itself well to a non-visual medium, such as this book. I know it's short, I know it's meant for the kids, but I just thought it was a waste of time with no meaning and, for me, if I can't reflect upon it afterwards and feel I've taken something away from it, I simply don't care. I wouldn't recommend ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.
I too, have read this amazing work as an adult, only after constantly bumping into those characters, in works of other great authors. Reading about Alice in her Wonderland reminds me of George Orwell's Animal Farm, first as a fable; then as a didactic piece of art. Alice in the wonderland, looks like the origin of Magical realism!
In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books–with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.–by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children’s literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up–or down, or all turned round–as seen through the expert eyes of a child.
Having recently read Heartless by Melissa Meyer gives me an extra star of appreciation for this little volume. It is whimsy and nonsense and a delightful escape. It would be so handy to eat a bit of mushroom here and there and adjust your size as needed. I see why it is considered a classic and has endured the test of time.
There are so many things that one notices, or would notice, at different stages in life. The characters of Alice in Wonderland are all so uniquely their own, I wonder how Lewis Caroll got the idea? Could it be possible that he had a dream? As most know, this childhood story is quite the entertaining one, with frequent bumps and turns throughout, and lacking in no concepts. There are a few things that may overlap in the movie, or aren't there in general but I do think the movie was great too. I personally think that this book can be read to anyone of any age, as long as they have the patience to listen. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Reading "Alice in Wonderland" as an adult is quite a different experience from reading it as a child. Each in their own way delights. As a child I saw the wonder in it and now I saw the cleverness. Some of the statements which may have seemed like nonsense were actually great examples of logic. For example, when the March Hare asks Alice to "take some more tea," she is offended. "I've had nothing yet, so I can't take more." to this the Hatter retorts, "You mean you can't take LESS.; It's very easy to take more than nothing." The book is full of such statements which make for excellent reading.
I'd never read this before so it was nice to do that. I've read books based off this one that I absolutely loved so it was too bad I didn't like this one more.
this book is a mood changer. and very exciting as well!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was originally published in 1865. I remember when I was watching the movie, (which I never do until I have read the book) and I really enjoyed it. There were a few differences from the movie but while reading the book, I realized that it was sort of dark to be considered a children’s book with many mentionings of being beheaded by the red queen. However this book is pretty suitable for both kids and adults because adults can think back on this classic and this is something that can entertain the kids. This book is less than a hundred pages so if you have an hour or two, depending on how fast you read, this is the perfect book to read. - @ShayReads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The pictures are amazing, and the story is pretty good. You get to meet many different types of creatures. It is not a bad book.
“I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
"We're all mad here."
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