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 delight in it, we should. Let others conjecture about hidden meanings and entertain elaborate theories on how the book came to be written. If they would exchange what could have been sublime literary pleasure for tedious hours of tiresome calculations and wearisome pedantry, then they are not the wise men of whom Willy Wonka spoke.
If you are looking for philosophy, this is not the place to find it. If you are looking for a commentary on politics or global events, you are barking up the wrong tree. If you were hoping for a story with a strong moral message, you are bound to be disappointed. But if you were looking for a darn good read, hours of pleasure, a little nonsense, or all of the above, then you have come to the right book.
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