Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I decided to read 'Alice in Wonderland' because of Lewis Carroll; the author. See, his birthday was today, so I thought it would be fun to have read one of his works in honor of it.

I'm not sure what I had been expecting when I picked up 'Alice in Wonderland', but it was NOT what I read. I'd seen the Disney movie. My High School had done a play. I've heard plenty of allutions to the book... but these things weren't even good mirrors of the book.

UnBirthdays? Nope.
A Caterpillar blowing smoke in letter forms? Nope.
But Alice's neck stretches super long at one point, and when she talks about her cat, everyone runs away.

However, some things were the same: the never ending tea party; the Cheshire Cat; the White Rabbit who was late; 'eat me'; 'drink me'; the Queen of hearts; "OFF WITH HER HEAD!!!

Alice sees a rabbit and decides to follow it into its rabbit hole. She finds herself in quite a predicament, and until the end of the story something is always happening. More often than not, she eats or drinks the food and beverages of this strange place and part or all of her grows or shrinks. She meets the most interesting people here, and I think the majority of her problems come from a 'language barrier'... I mean, words spoken by Alice or one of her acquaintances are miss heard for a homophone or have a different meaning out of context, and there is a lot of confusion all around.

Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll :)


Anonymous said...

you spend to much time reading!

Maggie DeVries said...

Maybe you don't read enough.

That book is on my list, Marie. :)

Nicole said...

'Anonymous' thanks for stopping by! Yes; I DO spend too much time reading! And I love it! :D

Maggie, I own it! Next time I see you, we should do a book swap! I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.

Sherry said...

Some of the things you missed--unbirthdays and other stuff--are in the sequel to Alice, Through the Looking Glass. I think Mr. Carroll was something of a genius, albeit a shy one.