Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (pen name: “Lewis Carroll”)
Pages: 100
Publisher: Macmillan (1865)
Rating: 4 stars

Lewis Carroll’s nearly 150 year old story has never gone out of print. It has been translated into over 120 languages, and there are over 100 different editions. This classic fairy-tale is deeply imbedded in both children and adults of the Western world.

The young blonde protagonist was inspired by 10-year-old Alice Pleasance Liddell, who so loved Carroll’s candid story about her that she persuaded him to write it down. He provided her with a copy that he illustrated himself called Alice’s Adventures Underground. Soon after, he expanded the story adding the scenes with the Cheshire cat and the Mad Hatter. And with help from an incredible illustrator, John Tenniel, he published the first edition called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.

The book is very short. I read it on my iPhone Kindle app all in one sitting (I was on the bus for TWO hours because of Red Sox traffic). It jumps right into the story: On the first page, Alice is already falling down the giant hole where the Rabbit disappeared. Alice is a strange child and you get the impression that she often plays by herself and mostly lives in her head (perhaps she’s an INFP?). She has very entertaining conversations with herself that the narrator handles beautifully:

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it), and sometimes she scolded herself so severely as to bring tears into her eyes; and once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.

The story is very similar to the Disney version that I grew up with. There were only a few minor things that Disney omitted and with good reason. For example, I could do without the completely absurd scene where a Gryphon and a Mock-Turtle tell Alice about the Lobster Quadrille.

On a road trip to Colorado from Arkansas a few years ago, a friend of mine read about half of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland out loud to the rest of us in the car. The illustrations were awesome and
………………….the words
…………………………….made patterns
……………………………………………on the screen
…………………………………………………………..like this.

That’s the way I suggest you read/hear this story. So, download the audio book or coax someone into reading this book to you. You just don’t get the same effect on an eReader.

About Natalie Ramm

I read a lot, y'all.
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2 Responses to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  1. Kati says:

    I should try reading this. Your summary was great! :)

    How did I end up with such a talented friend?

    Like

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