Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Book Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on a book called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll.
Disclaimer: I bought the book on Amazon so I didn’t receive this one for free.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a children’s book that’s adored by both children and adults alike. It’s an incredibly influential story that has gone on to inspire many due to it’s narrative course/structure, characters and imagery. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that isn’t familiar with the characters you meet in this book simply because their names appear in many other forms of media as well.
Story and Characters
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland follows a 7 year old girl named Alice who happens to see a talking white rabbit while dosing off with her sister. Since Alice is a rather curious child, she chases after the rabbit and ultimately falls down a rabbit hole, finding herself in a very strange world.
As her story progresses Alice meets many strange and often nonsensical creatures. Many of the characters are actually anthropomorphic animals that can speak. These range from a dodo bird, eaglet, a mouse, and even a lizard named Bill. Ultimately Alice scares all of them away by mentioning her moderately ferocious cat.
Other characters that she meets as she journey’s through Wonderland include a hooka smoking blue Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Duchess, and the King/Queen of Hearts. Many of the characters in this book speak in riddles, much to the bewilderment and frustration of Alice.
The most notable characters that speak in riddles are the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse. The entire chapter revolving around their “Mad Tea Party” is incredibly funny and often leaves Alice confused and rather angry with the three of them. Below is a passage from the book that I found quite funny.
(“Have some wine.” the March Hare said in an encouraging tone. Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. “I don’t see any wine.” she remarked. “There isn’t any.” said the march hair. “Then it wasn’t very civil of you to offer it.” said Alice angrily. “It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited.” said the March Hare.)
This is only but one of many hilarious parts of this book. That entire chapter had me laughing quite frequently though and ultimately it’s my favorite in the entire book.
My thoughts on the Book:
One of my favorite quotes from this book comes from the Cheshire Cat who says “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad” “You must be mad, or you wouldn’t have come here.”
I’ve always found Wonderland to be a really interesting place. It’s a world of madness and it’s an incredibly intriguing sort of madness. Nothing is as it seems there and getting to experience the journey through Alice’s eyes has been great. The book also kinda makes the childhood wish that Wonderland was real live on, not only in children but also adults as well. Imagining the many unique creatures and people fills you with a sense of wonder, no matter your age. This is likely why the story has been so popular for so long as well, it’s a story that will live on for many generations to come.
Overall, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an amazing book and one that I can’t recommend highly enough. It’s a book filled with unique characters (Many of which have influenced a great many people in literature) and it’s story is highly entertaining, it’s often quite hilarious as well. If you’ve never read the book before, I highly recommend doing so, it’s a great read.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland folks, I’ll be back with my next book review for Through the Looking Glass soon!
Shaun Meyers out!
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