#25 – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
Genre: Children’s Fantasy, Classic
Page Numbers: 162 pages
Dates Read: 7/29/13-8/10/13
Plot in 3 lines or less: Alice meets a white rabbit, falls down a hole, and ends up in Wonderland. She meets many fantastical characters along the way.
New Read or Re-read? Re-read for me. “Alice” is one I have read too many times to count, but never seem to tire of.
Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would read this again in a heart beat. If you enjoy reading stories that seem to have no sense about them, then this story is for you.
Was it easy to read? Yes, it was, despite the fact that it took so long to get through. It took me as long as it did because I was traveling up to Maine for my brother’s wedding at the time, and also re-reading a series which I will attempt to review in the very near future.
Can you relate to anything within the story? I will admit it – I love to be random. Whether it’s to just randomly go somewhere to explore, or to say something one might not expect, I love being random. The story of Alice is one of the most fantastical stories you can find, where a lot of random things seem to happen to a poor girl, that when brought together, tell a wonderful and beautiful story. I like to think that life can be filled with random things that when brought together, tell just such a wonderful and beautiful story.
Favorite Character: Alice is easily my favorite character, because all of the fantastical things happen to her, and I love her cheeky answers to all the questions everyone in Wonderland puts to her. The Mad Hatter and March Hare are also favorites, because they put on the Ultimate Tea Party. And the Cheshire Cat, because he reminds me that we’re all mad here.
Favorite Line: There are too many favorite lines and passages in this book. (You should see the number of mini post-it notes I’ve got coming out of the sides, marking said favorite parts!) Here are just a few:
“For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.”
“Oh, you can’t help that, we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
” ‘Be what you would seem to be’ – or if you’d like it put more simply – ‘Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.’ ”
Is there anything about it that you did not like? Nope.
Is there anything else you would like to add? I have a tendency to read things for emotional reasons. Rereading “Alice” fits right in to this category. I grew up reading this book, and loved it unequivocally. I’ve recently decided to attempt to express my love for this book (indeed, for a good number of books, reasons to be enumerated forthwith) in a manner befitting the idea it brings to my mind when I think of it.
What that last statement basically boils down to is that my main goal in rereading this book now was to have it in mind when I put together a piece of art work reflecting the book. I am planning a reread “Through the Looking Glass” soon for these same reasons.