This summer we went to England and out to Oxford, where the real Alice lived. At ChristChurch I had to admit to the docent there that I, a well-read,55 year-old, had NEVER read Alice in Wonderland. I saw the movies. But never went to the source. I'm so glad that I was shamed into ordering a copy from PBS. I am now entirely literate! What a charming book, not just for kids! How odd it is that so very little of the specialness made it into the movies. If you are like I was, read it! You'll be so glad you did.
I picked up this classic after watching the new 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland. I was very excited to read this classic story since I had grown up on the Disney version as well. Well...let's just say that this is interesting. I got through it finally, but the jargon and innuendo of the Victorian times that this story was written in was completely lost on me. I would love to say that I enjoyed the story and that it will be a "keeper" in my library, but it sadly will not be.
I am glad to say that I "read" the story which means that I read the words and turned the pages, but probably comprehended about 70% of the story. It was not entertaining because I was having to look up much of the Victorian vernacular. Many of the colloquialisms had to do with politics and societal differences. I figure as I read more about Victorian times much more of the story will make sense. Kudos to those of you who understood and enjoyed this story.
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Disney's Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies, and maybe that's why I didn't like the book much. I grew up watching the movie instead. I don't know what it is about this book, but I can't get through it. I've been trying to read it for so long now - and it's a relatively thin book! But I can't do it. I get so exhausted while trying to read it. I don't know if it's because I'm trying to make sense of all the nonsense or what. I wish I could get through it. Perhaps I'll have to get it on audiobook so I can let my imagination run wild while listening to it being read to me.
It was interesting to read them as an adult. Knowing the nonsense and not being able to accept the possibility of the craziness with that child like wonder.
We all know the stories so I will not bore with the summary, but try and entertain with some facts that at least I did not know.
It is believed that it was written for one girl but it is actually based off a story told to three girls, the Liddell sisters, in a row boat on the River Thames. Alice was the main character and asked for it to be written down for her. The original title was Alices Adventures underground. Since its first publication the book has never been out of print, saying much for the love of its readers.
The author is Charles Dodgson, a minister who used Lewis Carroll as a pen name, appears in the story as a Dodo during the Caucus-Race. In fact all the members of the boating party are represented at the race. The duck is Canon Duckworth, the Lory refers to Lorina Liddell, and the Eaglet to Edith Liddell. Alice is, of course, herself. The sisters are again referenced in the Dormouses tale. The Liddell sisters: Elsie is L.C. (Lorina Charlotte), Tillie is Edith (her family nickname is Matilda), and Lacie is an anagram of Alice.
In Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There I was most amused to discover that when the white queen was shouting about "crabs" and "feathers" she was actually using rowing jargon, and thusly actually speaking logically!
The characters of Hatta and Haigha (pronounced as the English would have said "hatter" and "hare") make a reappearance, and are pictured to resemble their Wonderland counterparts, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.
Paperback Version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer's afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next. Alice's adventures have made her the stuff of legend, the child heroine par excellence, and ensured that Carroll's book is the best loved and most widely read in children's literature.
Sandra B. - reviewed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass: And, Through the Looking-Glass (Watermill Classic) on + 13 more book reviews
This was a great, well-written classic. It was a good read, but I found it a bit too closely aligned to a bad dream. I would recommend this for reading in junior high, to give children a taste of good British literature.
This is a beautiful little cloth hardcover, unabridged, pocket version of the famous two-part tale. It's just such a tidy little book, I had to buy it, even though I already own a paperback version. It has lovely gold leafed pages, a nice tight binding and even a charming ribbon bookmark that is bound into the spine. And it fits nicely in the hand. I really bought this one for the aesthetics. I actually accidentally bought two. Long story, but I did.
This book is an enjoyable read for all years from 2 to 99 years old. It is a fantastic and fun read and should be read to children and grandchildren and handed down from generation to generation. Reading it as an adult, the symbolism is very noticeable in the narration. If you haven't read Alice before, you should not hesitate as it should not be missed!
Ruth S. (Dixie) reviewed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass: And, Through the Looking-Glass (Watermill Classic) on + 179 more book reviews
As he escorted the three young daughters of a colleague on a trip up the river Isis, Lewis Carroll invented ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, the story of a little girl who tumbles down a rabbit hole. Full of such wonderfully eccentric characters as the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, and the Mad Hatter. The book is simultaneously a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children's literature, a fairy tale, a dream, and a child's chronicle of growing up., By falling down a rabbit hole and stepping through a mirror, Alice experiences unusual adventures with a variety of nonsensical characters.