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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
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Mar 27, 10

bookshelves: british-lit, fantasy
Read in March, 2010

As one who likes to cull deep meaning from well-wrought narratives, it was difficult to enjoy this essentially nonsensical book. Also hard to view something like this afresh, having been weaned on Disney and other versions of these two tales. Was disappointed, for instance, when the "merry un-birthday" song was not sung at the mad tea-party, and didn't belong at all to the first narrative, but rather to the second, and that by humpty-dumpty of all people. No doubt an imaginative feat, though, and there is a sense of satire of proper Victorian social mores, as well as a theme of persevering in the midst of increasing chaos, which give the narratives some depth.
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