Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Classic, Children's Fiction
Publisher: Barnes and Noble

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

Lewis Carroll's novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (first published in 1865 and 1871, respectively) have entertained readers young and old for more than a century. Their magical worlds, amusing characters, clever dialogue, and playfully logical illogic epitomize the whit and whimsy of Carroll's writing.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland transports you down the rabbit-hole into a wondrous realm that is home to a White Rabbit, a March Hare, a Mad Hatter, a tea-drinking Dormouse, a grinning Cheshire-Cat, the Queen of Hearts and her playing card retainers, and all manner of marvelous creatures. Through the Looking-Glass is your passport to a topsy-turvy world on the other side of the mirror, where you have to run fast just to stay in place, memory works backwards, and it is possible to believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Both stories feature the colored classic illustrations of John Tenniel.

I am actually reading this in a bind-up with Through the Looking Glass. But I decided to review them separately. This is a weird one because it's more a series of events than a linear story line. I did like it and can see why it was a favorite when I was a little kid.

I'm definitely a fan of word play so this writing style is for me. That being said, I don't get everything that's going on even as an adult. The chapters with the gryphon and mock turtle are probably my favorite. They played off each other very well.

Alice is also great. She's a little girl, but uses a lot of logic on her journey. I liked that she would ask questions instead of just accepting what everyone in Wonderland was telling her.

Onto Through the Looking Glass.

Thanks for reading!

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