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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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Timeless and ever-changing.

  • Jul 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 this book doesn't seem well-planned, it adds to the effect. It's like a dreamstate where one second you're on the highway and next you've turned into a hot air balloon in the clouds.

   The plot is simple and easy to follow as a child, but as an adult, deeper meanings can be seen behind the veil of nostalgia. It is, however, a very jumpy plot that leaves a lot out, but that also contributes to the dreaminess of the book.

   Character development in this story is not as deep as I'd expect for a children's novel. Alice doesn't really grow, figuratively, ss a character much at all. She learns to control her emotions and follow her heart, but, again, it still doesn't have the strong overtones of growth most children's novels do.

  The entire book is a metaphor, or just some well-arranged gobbledy-gook. It's hard to tell, like a dream. You can give it meaning if you want.

     I think the writing was solely for entertainment, and to bring readers back to childhood wonder. It is much more thought provoking, but confusing than most modern fiction.


   I went in to the most recent movie thinking it was to follow the book, rather than Alice's return. I was disappointed, but the graphics were good. It was entertaining nonetheless.

   The original illustrations rarely added any effect for me. However, interpretations of the story in art have brought about brilliant adaptations of the story and characters.

The author was probably a little crazy, or at least had a vivid imagination. And to answer the age-old question- yes, I think there were drugs involved.


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July 17, 2010
Thanks guys, it's definitely worth going back over.
July 17, 2010
The last time I read it I was probably about 10 years old (in Russian), definitely time to read it again! Maybe with my daughter this time :) Thanks for the great review!
July 16, 2010
Great review, Cassaundra!  Love your assessment of it.  I'll have to check it out because I really love the story.  Thanks for sharing! :)
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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 . September 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.
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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   I'm a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. I am member of the National English Honors Society, and am currently working towards a degree in English.      I … more
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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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