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The Real Alice in Wonderland by C.M. Rubin
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Jun 06, 11

Read on June 05, 2011

This book is a mess! It is in no way to be considered an official or academic biography of Alice Liddell, the inspiration behind Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. However, the hodgepodge style and information presented in bite sized pieces makes it a very attractive read. It is full of anecdotes and quotes from the books she inspired as well as letters written to her and by her. There are lots of interesting photos, although many of them are used repeatedly and I could have done without the obvious vacation photos that the authors are actually posing in. I did learn a lot about her and I feel that I got a very good sense of the person she was even if there weren't many facts included. There is a bibliography and acknowledgements, but it still doesn't help the slightly amateurish quality of the book. It is clearly a labor of love by the authors, which does make for an interesting quick read.

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