It’s always tea-time!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll and was first published in 1865. This was my first time reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and also anything written by Lewis Carroll and I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This novel is about the adventure’s that Alice goes through and experiences when she falls down a rabbit hole after seeing a white rabbit dressed in a waistcoat and holding a pocket watch running past her saying to himself “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be to late!”and then disappearing down a rabbit hole.
This children’s classic is every bit as whimsical as it should be and can most certainly be appreciated by an adult audience. This short Victorian novel is jam-packed with riddles, puns, word play, songs, rhymes, wit and great humour that most definitely fit with Carroll’s world of made up nonsense. These seven aspects as well as Carroll’s world made up of nonsense is exactly what makes this book so awesome.
Not only did Lewis Carroll create an entire imaginary world of his own but he also created and cultivated such brilliant characters for this world. Every character is different and just as absurd as the one before it. Some of my favourite characters would have to be The Mad Hatter, March Hare and the White Rabbit. These characters alone make you realise that everyone is a little mad in Wonderland and nothing any one of them says makes a lot of sense.
We’re all mad here.
None of the chapters were too long or too short and everything worked together well and the flow of this novel was really good. The original illustrations brought the story to life and showed how Carroll saw and wanted these characters to be seen. The ending was just perfect especially with Alice’s older sister thinking of how one day when Alice is grown up she will tell her children stories of this wonderland that she had been too and thereby will keep her childhood memories alive.
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll will most definitely stand the test of time and will continued to be loved by generations of children and adults alike.
The edition that I read was published by Wordsworth Classics (2001)
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