Oct 12, 07
Read in January, 1978
I never read "Alice In Wonderland" as a child. However, that doesn't really matter, because this timeless classic is age- neutral; adults can enjoy it on another level entirely. The book itself is a wild and crazy romp through a fractured world, seen through the prism of Carroll's trademark "nonsense," which makes the whole thing more than just a fascinating tale from childhood. The author himself was a study in contrasts; reverend C.L. Dodgson was a staid and proper church official who also was fond of playing complex mathematical games. Lewis Carroll, however, was enamored with "nonsense" and his work is filled with symbolism that is still being debated and theorized about. The Rev. Dodgson preferred the company of very young girls, one of whom was named Alice Liddell, whom he first told the "Wonderland" story to, and he based the title character on her. Whatever his relationship with little girls meant, there is little doubt that Alice Liddell was the love of his life and he was crushed when she turned his back on him as she grew up. "Alice In Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass" are staples of modern literature, and no one can be completely well-read without reading them.