Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) is a novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale is filled with allusions to Dodgson’s friends (and enemies), and to the lessons that British schoolchildren were expected to memorize. The tale plays with logic in ways that have made the story of lasting popularity with adults as well as children. It is considered to be one of the most characteristic examples of the genre of literary nonsense, and its narrative course and structure has been enormously influential, mainly in the fantasy genre.
I love the covers of the Penguin classic versions and bought the hardcover for myself. Having grown up with Alice in Wonderland illustrated versions and child friendly, easy to read versions, it was wonderful to read a classically written, literary version. It was hard to follow at times because of the dated language and there were some words that mean different things nowadays, but because I was aware of the language used, it did not affect my reading experience.
Alice in Wonderland is a wonderfully written, highly imaginative piece which pushes the boundaries of realism to the max. Some of it appears as complete nonsense – but that is the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s work.
The illustrations were lovely and the story just as I remembered, with a few extra parts that I had not read before.
A timeless classic that everyone should read.