Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Genre: Classic, Fantasy, Fiction, Children’s, YA

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One day, a young girl named Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she sees a curious looking white rabbit. She soon after falls into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a series of strange creatures.

Alice in Wonderland is a classic children’s book, it’s been enchanting children for 150 years! It follows the story of curious Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole and enters the nonsense world that is Wonderland. This book’s characters are some of the most iconic creations of all time, they certainly are an unusual bunch!

This is an amazing book, it creates an entire new world and you follow the story of Alice, you are just as confused as she is with the nonsense rules and lack of physics that occur in wonderland! Most people know of Alice from the Disney movie – Alice in Wonderland – however I think nothing can compare to this amazing display of literary writing that comes from Lewis Carroll. Carroll creates many logical fallacies in his book which make this a unique gem. The prose is just beautiful and is a joy to read, it is a masterpiece in the form of a children’s book.

However to only describe this as a children’s book is unfair, even now as a 20 year old I will still happily sit down and read it. Every time I reread this I feel like I am coming home after a long journey to be reunited with family and friends.

Possibly the most iconic (and certainly my favourite) part of the book is the Mad Tea party – it is so comical that you cannot help but laugh at poor Alice who is trying to understand this nonsense while trying to get information so that she can get home.

This is a rare kind of book – it appeals to all ages and can entertain and enlighten, it has also stood the test of time with it never losing its popularity. I doubt that this book will ever be forgotten, it will continue to fascinate and entertain us for years to come.

The book is written from Alice’s perspective which gives an hilarious yet interesting view into how she sees things – she looks at things from how she has been taught from when she was younger and doesn’t approach the situation as an adult with, she is trying to act mature however her view from a young child still comes through from the writing. She rambles throughout the book and goes off on tangents – normally if this were an adult it would become very tedious and probably would put you off the book, however because it is coming from a child’s point of view you cannot help but laugh at how she approaches different situations.

Carroll also didn’t stop at just the story – he also included a poem that has now become very well known, although most people probably wouldn’t have a clue what you’re talking about if you mention the Jabberwocky poem, I can assure you that if you’ve seen the Disney film you’ll definitely know the poem:

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Overall a highly enjoyable book that for it’s age still entertains children and adults in modern times.

Rating: 5/5

Summing up: Wonderful

 

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