Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Publisher: First Published in 1865
Paperback, 146 pages
Age Group: Classic Youth Fiction
Challenge: Dusty Volumes Reading Challenge
Borrowed from Library

Conceived by a shy British don on a golden afternoon to entertain ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have delighted generations of readers in more than eighty languages. “The clue to the enduring fascination and greatness of the Alice books,” writes A. S. Byatt in her Introduction, “lies in language. . . . It is play, and word-play, and its endless intriguing puzzles continue to reveal themselves long after we have ceased to be children.” via Goodreads

I never really thought about reading this book because I had seen the cartoon a zillion times. But they always say the book is much better. I don't really know WHAT  I think of it on the whole. There were bits of humor that went over my head and a great deal that made me literally bark with laughter. Here's some of a conversation between Alice and a complete crazy Gryphon about course he took in school:

"...and then the different branches of Arithmetic- Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision."
"I never heard of 'Uglification'," Alice ventured to say. "What is it?"
The Gryphon lifted up both its paws in surprise. "What! never heard of uglifying!" it exclaimed. "You know what to beautify is, I suppose?"
"Yes," said Alice doubtfully: "it means - to - make - anything - prettier."
"Well, then," the Gryphon went on, "if you don't know what to uglify is, you are a simpleton." 

It's worth reading if you're interested in seeing what inspired the movie and you'd like a good laugh. I would recommend this book for fans of clever comedic writing & wordplay, Youth Fiction and Classics.

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