Thursday, December 29, 2016

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
Released in 1865
Bought from Amazon
Rating: 3/5


*This summary is from the particular edition I read*

It's been 150 years since Lewis Carroll penned Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the story which has become a favorite of children and adults the world over. Now, in a deluxe hardcover edition from Puffin, Alice's story comes to life for a whole new generation of readers through the colorful, whimsical artwork of Anna Bond, best known as the creative director and artistic inspiration behind the worldwide stationery and gift brand Rifle Paper Co. Lose yourself in Alice's story as she tumbles down the rabbit hole, swims through her own pool of tears, and finds herself in a rather curious place called Wonderland. There, she'll encounter the frantic White Rabbit, have a frustrating conversation with an eccentric caterpillar, and play croquette with the hot-headed Queen of Hearts. Follow Alice on her wild adventure through the eyes of the artist in this definitive gift edition (Summary from Goodreads).


It's always weird to review a "classic," because we all know classics are, well, "classic" for a reason. I bought this fancy illustrated version last year on impulse - I've never been one of those die-hard Alice in Wonderland fans, but I did enjoy the Disney movie enough as a kid.  I figured I would get this pretty version and read it eventually.  The illustrations were perfectly strange and fit the story nicely.

As I was reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I noticed a lot of scenes were never included in the old Disney movie, nor in Tim Burton's version.  I think it was a good choice to leave those scenes out, because they were the only scenes that really annoyed me.  I understand that the point is to be nonsensical, but the scenes with the Duchess and Gryphon were a little over-the-top for me.  I'm not sure my child self would have read this all the way through.

When I think of this book from the perspective that it's really a children's book written in the 19th century, it's sort of fascinating to me.  I like reading classics once in a while simply because it's interesting to read the language used at the time.  Although I didn't enjoy this as much as I expected to, I think it is worth reading for the purpose of gaining perspective if you are interested in that sort of thing,

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