One of the English language’s most popular and frequently quoted books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the creation of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898), a distinguished scholar and mathematician who wrote under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll. Intended for young readers but enjoyed equally by adults, the fantastic tale transformed children’s literature, liberating it from didactic constraints.
The story is deeply but gently satiric, enlivened with an imaginative plot and brilliant use of nonsense. As Alice explores a bizarre underground world, she encounters a cast of strange characters and fanciful beasts: the White Rabbit, March Hare, and Mad Hatter; the sleepy Dormouse and grinning Cheshire Cat; the Mock Turtle, the dreadful Queen of Hearts, and a host of other extraordinary personalities. This edition features Sir John Tenniel’s complete original illustrations, bringing to life a beloved classic that has delighted readers and listeners since its first publication in 1865.
In another segment of the childhood favorites, we have a slightly different story to discuss. Although Alice in Wonderland had always been a story I enjoyed, it wasn’t until recently that I had a real connection to it.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently played Alice, resulting in a great connection to the novel and character. However, unbiasedly, I still have a lot of interest in this novel.
Firstly, there’s a very fascinating backstory behind it. The story of Lewis Carroll and the real Alice, is both controversial and interesting. I highly suggest you read into it, if interested.
On the other hand, the novel itself is also quite the adventure. Much like The Incorrigibles this story has such a fascinating little tone to it. The wit and spark contained in the narrative are part of what have made Alice in Wonderland a classic. If you enjoy stories written in a bit of an outlandish, sarcastic, and witty way, there’s no going wrong with Alice.
And with that, it’s difficult for me to rate a classic. Just, read it, otherwise you will be shamed by the literary community. ;p