Thursday, 19 May 2016

Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by: John Tenniel
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Pages: 208
Genres: Children's

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On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. A series of whimsical escapades and nonsensical obstacles dictate Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards! Is it all a dream, or just an alternate reality...?
I remember reading this as a child and stopping around halfway but I always wanted to give Alice's Adventures in Wonderland another try. I absolutely adore the film and video game adaptations based on this classic children's story so I really, really wanted to love this book but in my opinion the various adaptations are just better.

I felt very disconnected to the story as it was random and didn't make a lot of sense, and although that is kind of the point it didn't feel that descriptive or imaginative really, it seemed like a series of conversations taking place in a few loosely described locations. Nothing to blow a reader away to be honest.

Despite that there is something just charming about Alice as a character as she fearlessly navigates Wonderland. The beginning of the book started off very enjoyable but when it got to the part of the gryphon and the turtle, I'd had just about enough of the story. A quick read, but its not something I would bore any modern child with as it is a bit dated now.


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