Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This is my 5th book review for the Back to the Classics Challenge. I’m officially behind! Moving cross country really threw off my reading schedule – I’ve still been reading, but nothing that would be considered a classic.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll in 1865 and is often considered the best example of nonsense literature. Little Alice was bored one day as she sat beside her sister until by chance a White Rabbit raced by chattering about being late, pulling a watch from a pocket. In surprise, she followed him and fell down his rabbit hole into a world where nothing seems quite right.

Oh Alice. What on earth have you gotten yourself into?

Although Wonderland is completely imaginary – and beyond bizarre – I’m applying this book to the category of “Classic with a place in the title.” Wonderland is the most unique of places. Nothing makes sense and things happen at random. Words don’t mean the same thing as when one is in our own real world. Animals talk, people grow and shrink, and even playing cards are alive.

I don’t have much to add to this review other than an observation: this book isn’t my style. Maybe I’m just not in the right season of life to appreciate it’s brilliance, but I read it fast in order to be finished. I won’t be reading it again.

I’ve begun my 6th book: The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. It’s very long and hard to read so here’s hoping I can plow through! I have much to read in the next 5 months.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  1. I’ve never read AIW either, but The Grapes of Wrath? We *love* that book here along with Of Mice And Men; TGoW is full of memorable characters and can spark some really good political discussions. I hope you love it as much as we do!

  2. Oh, what a pity. I love the clever word play in this book. It operates on so many levels. I had it read to me as a child (fantasy fun story), re-read it as a young adult at which time I got a lot of the word play, and have now read it aloud to my children. My son, in particular, really enjoyed the chess layout and references all through The Looking Glass.
    Don’t say never again. You never know, it might grow on you…
    I’ve been reading Treasure Island to the kids (your previous review?), but now that there’s been mutiny and one death they’ve decided it’s too scary. problem is I’m now slightly involved and curious as to how it all ends. 🙂

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