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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

by Lewis Carroll

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Series: Alice's Adventures (1)

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A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
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    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Morteana)
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    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Death_By_Papercut)
    Death_By_Papercut: A child enters a strange new world.
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    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (kaledrina)
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    Alice Through the Pillar Box: A Philatelic Phantasy by Gerald M. King (bookel)
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    The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey (Bitter_Grace)
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    Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie (weeksj10)
    weeksj10: Rushdie's books focusing on the Khalifa family are like a modern day Alice in Wonderland with a spicy bight from its Indian setting. The wordplay, characters, and plot all mirror those of Alice and like Carroll's book Rushdie's can and will be enjoyed by magic lovers of all ages.… (more)
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    The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (bell7)
    bell7: Frank Beddor reimagines the original "Alice" story as the true story of Princess Alyss in a much darker Wonderland.
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    Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Morteana)
    Morteana: Heartless is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland.
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    Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, or The Wigpowder Treasure by Adrienne Kress (Polenth, suzanney)
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    A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End by Avi (DetailMuse)
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    The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver (C.Vick)
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    Rebecca's World, Journey to the Forbidden Planet by Terry Nation (Sylak)
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    The Brontës Went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson (casvelyn)
    casvelyn: Both stories of outsiders trying to understand someone else's mad fantasies.
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    The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (Ciruelo)
    Ciruelo: Really. Both are classic studies in the workings of power.
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I read this book as part of the Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday Challenge for 2016. We read dead authors books whose birthday falls within a particular month. I will see if I have time for another author. I picked this one since it was my favorite as a child. Re-reading as an adult though I realize what a little jerk Alice was at times though.

Alice chases after the White Rabbit and then falls headlong into Wonderland.

Once she arrives in Wonderland she comes across a small door and through it she can see a beautiful garden that she wants to explore. Since the door is very small, Alice ends up coming across a table with an unknown drink which she drinks after examining it which causes her to shrink. From there it becomes a comedy of errors as Alice shrinks and grows and is still unable to gain access to the garden. I think at one point I said, for heaven's sake unlock the dang door while you are big and then get small and go through it!

Due to Alice's constant crying she is then swept away by her own tears when she is small with a host of other animals.

What causes me to laugh is that everytime Alice happens upon a new situation she says the wrong thing and almost always makes things worse. Case in point, she gets sent to the White Rabbit's house for a fan and gloves, she grows again, and when the White Rabbit who is rightfully put out by her entire body taking up his house, proceeds to go and terrorize him and others who do their best to get her out of the house. The line, well there goes Bill caused me to laugh out loud.

The writing was funny though at times confusing. You realize that everyone is a little mad here and nothing anyone says makes a lick of sense. The flow was really good though. None of the chapters were too long/short and everything worked together. I loved that the version of the book I had included illustrations which were nice to see and it broke up the text nicely.

The setting of Wonderland was an odd thing. I honestly couldn't get a handle on how big/small the place was since Alice was shrinking and growing. It seemed like everything was right next door to each other.

The ending was very cute and I loved how the story ends with the older sister thinking of how one day when Alice is grown up she will tell her children stories of Wonderland and thereby keep her childhood memories alive. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
2.5 atars ( )
  Bryna_Heaton | Jun 19, 2020 |
Some Goodreads librarian hijacked the original main entry for this book and made it about some late-nineties adaptation by some rando, so here I am re-adding this book that I last read in year 7. Fun fun. (Jul 2019) ( )
  Jayeless | May 27, 2020 |
I bought this book because I saw another book tuber with it on her shelf. I love love love the art style and re-reading the story in adulthood is always fun. ( )
  AngelVaughn17 | May 23, 2020 |
This is a reprint of the 1898 first edition sixpenny series. Earlier reprints occurred in 1899, twice, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1905 and 1906. 1907. This copy has lost its covers but not its charm.The second half of the book is full of annotations in pencil and ink that suggest the text was used as the source of a dramatic version carried out by previous owners, one of whom may have been called Sworder, a name that is in the top right hand corner of the makeshift utilitarian front cover.
  jon1lambert | May 8, 2020 |
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It's just a delicious, borderline hallucinatory, confection of a book. Invention and imagination tumble over each other in the excitement, and there is something in there to delight every reader. There are countless plays on words (the mouse giving a very dry lecture on William the Conqueror to restore those who have been soaked by Alice's gigantic tears is the one that, for some reason, pleased me most), verbal pyrotechnics and semantic shenanigans to please the "ordinary" reader. And although they entirely passed me by at the time, I know now from various more scientifically-minded friends that their childish interests snagged on the mathematician author's various numerical and logic puzzles.
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Epigraph
All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretense
Our wanderings to guide

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour,
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet that can one poor voice avail
Against three tongues together!

[plus another five verses]
Dedication
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Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"
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And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle looks like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.
'Curiouser and curiouser!' cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); ...
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spread his claws,
And welcome little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws!
'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earl of Mercia and Northumbria -"'
'You are old, Father William,' the young man said,
'And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head -
Do you think, at your age, it is right?'


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This is the unabridged "Alice in Wonderland", a separate work from "Through the Looking Glass" - also, please do not combine with any abridged edition or adaptation.
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Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror
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Down the rabbit hole,
Alice ponders madness that
unfolds strange places.
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