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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic about a girl who finds herself in a nonsensical world.

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A Quick Tip by benshlomo

  • Sep 24, 2010
I don't know which Alice movie they're referring to, but they all make one mistake, so hear this loud and clear - the Alice books are, and were intended to be, NONSENSE. Any attempt to impose a moral on them is a heinous sin. Period.
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September 24, 2010
This topic is for the book, not the film. As for nonsense, Lewis Carroll would strongly disagree! I've thoroughly read this book -- it's simply a fun fantasy; clearly some drug references and all kinds of things. It's imagination-spanning. Minus 5 for this classic is a bit harsh.  Your quick tip lacks details as to why you feel this way.  Details?  Many of the allusions (The Mad Hatter, the artist, the late rabbit) represent various people and situations, parodies, in Carroll's life. 
September 24, 2010
Ah - I misunderstood. I'm new to this site. The Alice books are luscious - fun, funny, clever, magnificent. As for what Mr. Carroll thought, however, he himself referred to this work as "nonsense" on a regular basis, and one can debate what he meant by that, but it's true. I suspect he intended to write something that children could enjoy without having to have moral lessons shoved down their throats, which is exactly what so many "Alice" movies do, including this latest one with Helena Bonham Carter. Gorgeous movie, wonderful effects and performances, completely missed the point of the books. A darn shame.
September 24, 2010
OK, I get it. I never saw that new film version but have always enjoyed the books. Thanks.
 
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review by . July 16, 2010
 During this book my emotions were more dazed. I was lost in the world with Alice, feeling her feelings of fright and worry and confusion.           This is a book that I believe everyone should read, young and old. I believe this book is so timeless because no matter where you are in life, it becomes relatable. We all have confusion and worries and this book lets us get lost in someone else's.        Albeit the setting of …
review by . June 29, 2010
When I read Alice In Wonderland as a child, I had no idea about the effects of magic mushrooms, nor do I now. So, whether or not the book or film is about such matters remains beyond my scope of reality. However, I seriously doubt that a children's book portrayed anything related to drugs. For, it is actually the audience and reader who have taken Alice on such an adventure outside her own.      I would recommend Alice In Wonderland, …
review by . June 22, 2010
This was a  book I picked up out of interest due to the 'Alice in Wonderland' movie that was recently released. I haven't seen the film yet, but I CAN say that the book was a fun, fluffy read in between heavy reads.      Even though it is a children's novel, there is a bit more depth to the story than what is presented. Our book club read this in between bouts of longer, heavier novels and still found interesting connections in terms of analysis with themes …
Quick Tip by . November 04, 2010
I could never get into this as a kid. Got hooked as a young adult though. So much more than just a straightforward story.
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Excellent quasi-fantasy. Read it with an eye-for-otherworldly meaning encoded in its depths, then read "Mimzy were the Borogroves"
review by . June 24, 2010
I loved this book growing up. I don't know what drew me to it the first time but I'd always ask my mom to read some of it to me before bed. I think the great thing about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is that it incorporates so much into the story. There are scary parts as well as funny parts, mystery and adventure, along with a ton of great characters to go along with it. I loved the little rabbit, I think mainly because my mom liked him, but he always made me laugh. I would run around …
review by . July 20, 2010
It was Willy Wonka who told as that, “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men,” but it was Lewis Carroll who showed us what that means.  If ever there was nonsense which could be truly relished by the wise, it is found in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.   From the moment we tumble down the rabbit’s hole with Alice until the moment when we have read the very last word on the very last page, we are traveling in a world of delight.  And …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Great classic, great read. Fun to read in conjunction with the films made.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Great classic, great read. Fun to read in conjunction with the films made.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Who does not love the idea for this book. A great fantasy read.
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Author: Lewis Carroll
Genre: Classic Literature, Fantasy, Children's Books, Fairy Tales, Literary Nonsense
Publisher: Macmillan
Date Published: November 26, 1865
Format: Novel
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