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Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
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Nov 17, 09

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009

I loved this book. I won this as a pre-release from Goodreads, and I am thrilled it came to my doorstep. I started with a fascination with Alice in Wonderland and a slight knowledge that there was some mystery surrounding the relationship between Lewis Carrol and the real-life Alice. The book presents this mystery through the eyes of Alice in three different periods of her life. It is fictionalized, though I got the sense that Benjamin stayed true to the spirit of who Alice Liddell really was.

The book is extremely well-written and emotionally captivating. I, more than once, found myself in tears over one tragedy or another in Alice's life. If you love the history behind literature, if the inner lives of women fascinate you, if the ambiguity of truth and memory confounds you at every turn, this lovely, tragic book is for you. I'm thrilled that it is already receiving good reviews and applause---it truly deserves it.
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