Author: Lewis Carroll
Pages: 120 (by my count in my leather-bound Barnes & Noble edition; this could be different depending on editions, etc.)
Summary: “When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer’s afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next. Alice’s adventures have made her the stuff of legend, the child heroine par excellence, and ensured that Carroll’s book is the best loved and most widely read in children’s literature.” ~from Barnes & Noble
I have always meant to read Alice in Wonderland and have just somehow never done so. Since this book tied with The Picture of Dorian Gray for January’s read over at Three Nerds, I was finally able to force myself to read it. I loved it. The story has a dream-like quality to it, mostly because things in Wonderland are so absurd that they could only occur in a dream. I loved the play on words, the style of writing that Carroll employed and Alice herself as a curious, precocious girl on an adventure.
I think what I also really enjoyed with the story is that the reader gets to explore a lot of the “well who are you really?” questions through Alice. One of my favorite quotes (I’ve probably talked about it ad nauseum over at the Three Nerds discussion, but oh well) is “I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then” (48). To me, Alice is able to explore the idea that your experiences can change you and shape you in your outlook and your opinions (and maybe in that you grow or shrink in size when you sample things that say “Drink Me” and eat mushrooms). That’s pretty good for what is supposed to be a children’s story.
Alice in Wonderland is considered a classic, and it deserves to be. I think it’s a book that should be read by children and then re-read when they are adults. I think it’s a story to be cherished.
My rating: ★★★★★