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Alice in Bed

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Alice in Bed is a free dramatic fantasy which merges the life of Alice James, the brilliant sister of William and Henry James, with the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. It is a play about the anguish and grief and rage of women; and about the triumphs and limitations of the imagination.
Paperback, 117 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Ruzica
Susan Sontag said she had been preparing to write "Alice in bed" her whole life. After having read the play, I think I could only partially grasp the reasons and idea behind the play. I assume she didn't only have Alice James in mind when she was writing this, but rather all those gifted 19th century women who remained subservient to men although they were capable to give something valuable to the world themselves.

If she wasn't a woman, would Alice James be as equally successful as her well-kno
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Mohammad Ali
داستان در مورد زنان است. زنانی که استعدادی دارند اما نمی توانند آن را ظاهر کنند - به خاطر تلقی ای که دیگران از زن بودن دارند و تعهدی که خود زنان به این تلقی نشان می دهند. آلیس همیشه در بستر است - نشان از ناتوانی - و پس از شنیدن داستان سفر رم از مارگارت، تنها در ذهن و خیال خود سفر به رم را مجسم می کند. و ... .

پایان نمایشنامه برای من قابل فهم نبود - پرده ی آخر. و از کلیت نمایشنامه هم چندان خوشم نیامد. چیزهای خوبی برای نقل قول کردن درش بود اما روایت در موارد زیادی به دل من ننشست.

ترجمه ترجمه ی متوسط
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Kat!e Larson
I picked this book up off the shelf in the library with mild curiosity, and ended up sitting on the floor between the shelves reading the entire thing. As someone who has spent a lot of time ill and in bed, this book really connected with me. Alice's dry humor about her illness and her mild threats to commit suicide felt like things I had thought before. Even the trippy tea party felt familiar. This play made me feel like maybe I'm not so alone as I thought I was.
Kelly
A strangely surreal exploration of the inner life of Alice james (sister of the novelist Henry James). The book follows Alice through a series of odd scenes where her powerlessness and depression become evident. The sad fact is that despite Alice's intelligence and brilliance, she is thrown into this state because of the lack of opportunities for women in this era. Sontag highlights these issues in several scenes, which are alternately funny and sad.
Jori Richardson
A very dark, whimsical play fashioned after Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." There are references to symmetrical story-lines scattered through-out the play, at times subtle and at times obvious (for example, a Mad Tea Party).
The Alice of this book, Alice James, was an actual person related to Henry James. Sontag references Giselle and Wagner by putting their characters into her play. She also has Emily Dickinson attend Alice's tea party. The author references Virginia Woolf's
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Alaina
Maybe it was because I didn't fully understand the historical concepts behind it, but I couldn't get into this play. Which is rare. I'm going to read it again, after some intensive background reading, but for my first time reading, I was dissapointed. It seemed quite sporadic, quite dull, and the little plot there was (not a problem--I'm all for non-realism) wasn't easy for me to understand. I'm hoping a second read through will improve my opinion, but who knows...we can't like all books.
Meghan
This is the quirkiest thing I've ever written. I didn't think I would enjoy it quite as much as I did, but it ended up being really good! I feel like it's one of those books you could read a dozen times and take something new from it each time.
Janet
I don't know that I should mark this as a book I've read since all I know of the play is the amazing performance I saw in fall of 2000 in NYC. I loved the stage version, however, and have been curious to know what the play reads like on paper.
S.B.
You could read the play or you could just look up Comme de Garçons Fall 2007. Wearing pajamas with tea and opium in Wonderland.
Zöe Yu
The only drama! My thesis about it. Also make me crazy. But I know I am Kundry, I always sleep.
Laleh
با تمام وجود احساسش کردم.‏
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