‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ – Lewis Carroll
Journey with Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder where oddities, logic and wordplay rule supreme. Encounter characters like the grinning Cheshire Cat who can vanish into thin air, the cryptic Mad Hatter who speaks in riddles and the harrowing Queen of Hearts obsessed with the phrase “Off with their heads!” This is a land where rules have no boundaries, eating mushrooms will make you grow or shrink, croquet is played with flamingos and hedgehogs, and exorbitant trials are held for the theft of tarts. Amidst these absurdities, Alice will have to find her own way home.
‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ began as a story told to three little girls in a row-boat, near Oxford. Ten year old Alice Liddell asked to have the story written down and two years later it was published with immediate success. Carroll’s unique play on logic has undoubtedly led to its lasting appeal to adults, while remaining one of the most beloved children’s tales of all time.
This story has all the elements that a classic fairy tale can offer: talking creatures, magic potions and loveable characters. I read this story when I was a young girl and I honestly think that I have got even more enjoyment from it now. It’s like Lewis Carroll’s 19th century written version of ‘Shrek’ – whatever the age you will find something new to enjoy from the story.
Whilst the Johnny Depp adaptation is visually stunning, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is a literary dream. The puns and witty conversations that Alice has in Wonderland are funny to read and Carroll plays with language whilst still keeping this a fun and light-hearted story. If you have not read the book but have seen the film, I implore you to read this (and it is one of the classic novels that are free to download) because there is so much on offer that will delight imaginations, both young and old.
I really enjoyed reading this and felt the story was a lot shorter than I remembered it to be! The croquet scene was so funny to read and the image of the hedgehogs escaping (they are the balls in the game), the flamingos not cooperating (the bats), and the general chaos caused by the Queen of Hearts made this delightful to read.
This novel should be an obligatory read for all because of how much it has to offer. Disregard what you feel you know from watching film adaptations and immerse yourself into Carroll’s timeless Wonderland. It’s not just Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, but Alice’s adventures in Wonderful.