[Review] Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
|This edition available at ebay.|
Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll (also known as) Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Publisher: Random House 1946 (my copy), originally published November 26, 1865
Genre: Children's Classic Literature, fantasy, The Classics Club,
Rating: 4 Stars
For more information on the history of the story: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Pinterest page for Alice in Wonderland.
A blogger post-Vintage Books for the Very Young-1946 Edition of Alice in Wonderland.
1946 edition at Ebay.
Sparknotes for Alice in Wonderland.
Alice grew bored waiting on her sister while they were sitting beside a river bank during the heat of the day.
"When suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her." Alice chased the White Rabbit down a hole, a very deep hole, to "Wonderland". Alice drank potions which made her larger, smaller, elongated. Alice met a Mouse, Canary, mushrooms, Caterpillar, Pigeon, and Cheshire Cat. A Mad Tea Party introduces Alice to the Hatter. The King and Queen of Hearts are angry their tarts were stolen. A Turtle cries and shares his story. Alice's adventure is an odd mix of morphed human type creatures and their responses which have no logical sense, or do they?
Alice in Wonderland, is the strangest story I've read, its nonsensical. I read a few of the Sparknotes explanations on the story. They state Alice's growing large and small and the awkwardness of it all compares to how a child feels at puberty. I remember well those feelings.
Both of my sons, now men, did not like Alice in Wonderland when they were young, maybe it freaked them out.
There is a book Go Ask Alice, it's a movie about a girl named Alice, who out of loneliness and a need to fit in got involved in drugs. The movie was made in 1973 (book published 1971). I watched the movie earlier this week. I'd read the book in the late 70s, without my mother's approval, not sure where my hijacked copy came from.
Alice in Wonderland, was utilized as a banner for the "trip" scene of the 60s and 70s. Using a classic children's novel to be a mascot for LSD/acid trips is sad.
How do I feel about the story?
Even though it's an odd story, the author had imagination and for this the book is a stand-alone in children's classic literature.
My favorite character is not Alice, it's Cheshire Cat! As far as Cheshire Cat is concerned everyone is mad.
"Go Ask Alice" by Jefferson Airplane: