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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
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Nov 16, 10

bookshelves: classics, fiction
Read in September, 2010

I hate to admit this, but Hollywood's version is so much better than the book.

When I first started reading this book I pictured Lewis Carroll sitting on the side of his childs' bed telling him/her a bed time story. Albeit completely made up. In fact, I marveled at the idea of being able to make up such a wonderful story of adventure and make believe.

Then, as the story went on, I felt like a child had input into the story. "What about Humpty Dumpty, lions, and unicorns, Dad?" And of course, Lewis Carroll added Humpty Dumpty, lions and unicorns. "What about dragons, turtles, and a tea party, Dad?" And of course, Lewis Carroll added dragons, turtles, and a tea party. Unfortunately, it got to the point of being so over the top that I completely lost interest in the story.

As you already know, Alice starts by chasing a White Rabbit. She grows, she shrinks, she finds herself with a deck of cards and a angry Queen, everyone talks but isn't making sense. Life is backwards. Then Alice finds herself on a chess board and the changing landscape is each square that Alice needs to move in order for herself to move across the board to become Queen.

I have often heard that Alice's Adventure in Wonderland was concocted during an Acid trip. Perhaps. But more to the point, Lewis Carroll did a great job of taking a dream regardless of how random and bizzare and not only writing it down but creating a classic story out of it.

I gave it only 3 stars because I was more annoyed with the ever changing landscape, Alice's stupidity (grant it she is only 7), and that Alices' dream made no sense.
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