Saturday, December 15, 2012

Classic Alice

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll TOR edition published in June 1972.  Just to clarify, this book is where Alice sees a white rabbit with pink eyes walk near her.  She hears the rabbit talk and it took a watch out of a coat pocket.  Alice had never seen a rabbit with a watch or coat before.  The rabbit popped down a rabbit hole and Alice followed.  

She finds a bottle marked 'Drink me" which she checks for any indication of poison before drinking it.  Then she finds a cake marked "EAT ME."  Then she meets various creatures including a Cat without a Grin.  There is also the famous tea party with a Hatter and a Hare.

Then Alice plays croquet with a King and the Queen of Hearts is always saying, 'OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!" Though the King pardons all so no one dies.  Alice wakes up at home next to her sister.

I don't remember reading this before.  I have seen it on television but do not remember actually reading it myself.  This edition has additional material written by Jane Yolen that explains about how the critics felt when the book was written. They would be surprised that it is considered a classic and that the characters are part of our culture.  This is a book that should be read perhaps before watching the movie instead of afterwards.

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