Sunday, May 1, 2011

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

Alice is wondering what to do one day, when a talking rabbit steals her attention. She is so intrigued that she follows him into his hole, and tumbles down into Wonderland. Alice soon discovers that reality and logic, as she knows them, do not apply here. In an attempt get out of the hole and into, "the loveliest garden you ever saw," she eats a cake to grow large enough to reach the key to the garden.

My thoughts:
Somehow I have gotten through life without ever reading this book.  I've seen the Disney animated version and last years live action version, but not read the story.  After having read Alice I Have Been last year I was even more curious about the book.

I borrowed the audio version from the library to listen to with my children in the car.  I was surprised to find that I really didn't care for it.  Not liking a book is pretty rare for me.  I can usually find something about a story that I enjoy and like, but this one really didn't do anything for me.  I'm not sure if I was filtering it through the ideas about the author that I generated from Alice I Have Been, or if it was just the story itself.  Nothing making sense, having no logic and the used of foods to make one grow bigger or smaller just had me wishing we could hurry up and get to the end of the CD's.

As far as animated movies go, Alice in Wonderland was never one of my favorites.  I always thought that the use of animals and the walking deck of cards was just for the movie and really they would be people.  Not sure why I thought those details would have been changed, but I really did, so I was surprised when the Queen's workers really were cards and the Mad Hatter and friends were really animals.  My children seemed to enjoy it well enough, but I think they had more trouble following this story than most.

I am glad that I can say that I have read it, but doubt very much that I will ever read it again.

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