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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