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Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
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Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Advantages: Surreal yet enjoyable read,
Disadvantages: Might not be to everyones liking
I had wondered if I would ever read this book, almost resorting to doing something I very rarely do: buying before trying! When it actually comes down to it I picked the story up quite by pure chance. In the adult section, with a white front cover and the words "Curiouser and Curiouser" it grabbed my interest yet it wasn't until I opened the book that I realised what I had finally got my hands on. Alice in Wonderland is a children's story like no other but I sometimes think that had I not of watched the Disney animated classic I would probably of never wanted to read it in the first place.
We first meet Alice outside on a warm sunny day, daydreaming and lazily letting her mind drift away. Not for long however when she catches sight of a white rabbit wearing a waistcoat muttering about how late it is. Naturally the most obvious thing for anyone to do would be to follow it, to Alice's peril. As she falls down a hole into a world of surreal creatures and people, where things just don't make sense our little Victorian 7 year old will come across all sorts of events. Swimming in her own tears, taking advice from a seemingly drug intoxicated caterpillar and meeting the Red Queen to name just a few.
Alice in Wonderland is a highly unique little story. Who else but Lewis Carroll could create a whole new world in a Victorian era which would go down so well? Still being reinvented some 145 years later since it was first written. The school girl is clearly very clever with a vivid imagination however she also has a curious streak. I found at times that she was a little too clever for her own good. Questioning everyone around her and sometimes coming across as a child which has been slightly spoilt. At times she is unable to remain her composure which gives her a frustrated attitude, occasionally making her lose her temper as she attempts to find this mysterious rabbit.
The story of Alice is a very surreal tale but may not be to everyone's tastes. It's creatures might be a little too strange for some people to even contemplate. So if you prefer your books to be more realistic then this might not be for you. On saying that I think it has reaches a very wide audience and can be enjoyed by the young and old. Personally I'd say go for the versions which have illustrations in. Whilst Disney has beautified certain characters you get to see how they were meant to look. Which puts a whole different perspective on how you see everyone she meets.
It won't take you too long to read and I don't even mind about the vast amount of people/animals which are mentioned. If you get too stuck on trying to remember who they are some versions have a list at the back, just to remind you! It might be a bit all over the place with its plot but that doesn't take away the fun of it. This is a story which everyone should at least try to read. Like I said there is a high chance that it might not be your cup of tea but as a very popular children's classic it has to be worth a glance!
You can buy this on Amazon for a variety of prices but the cheapest is £1.99
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