Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This book contains both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
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Bored on a hot afternoon, Alice follows a White Rabbit down a rabbit-hole without giving a thought about how she might get out. And so she tumbles into Wonderland: where animals answer back, a baby turns into a pig, time stands still at a disorderly tea party, croquet is played with hedgehogs and flamingos, and the Mock Turtle and Gryphon dance the Lobster Quadrille. In a land in which nothing is as it seems and cakes, potions and mushrooms can make her shrink to ten inches or grow to the size of a house, will Alice be able to find her way home again?

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There:
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The adventures of Alice continue as she crosses into the Looking-Glass world and assumes her place as a player in a vast and fantastical chessgame, where she encounters, among others, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Walrus and the Carpenter, Humpty Dumpty, and a cast of others who confuse, amuse and confound Alice as she persists onward to her eventual crowning as a Queen in the eighth square.


This is one of the strangest books I have ever read. It was extremely weird, but weird in a good way. The storyline was indeed "curious" and if you can get past the weirdness then you can enjoy it. At times I could get past the strange aspects of these stories, but other times I thought it was a bit too ridiculous and confusing to say the least. A few times, I had to read a sentence more than once to fully grasp its meaning. There is not really any plot to this book, but I can see how it may be a fun book to read to kids.

Definitely not my favorite books, but I did enjoy Alice's Adventures in Wonderland more than Through the Looking Glass. I'm not going to say don't read this because I know a great deal of people enjoy this's just that I didn't find it all that great. Nevertheless, if you find the time, pick it up if you want to. It's a quick read and you can make your own judgment about it.


Thank for reading!

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  1. I have never managed to read this one. I get stopped by the weirdness. This is one classic that I won't mind skipping.

  2. See, I liked all of the wordplay in this book, but I can understand how it would hinder your enjoyment.