Review | Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree,
“What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?”
5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: lizards with ladders, rabbit holes, flamingos, soldier cards, painted roses, caterpillars smoking, teacups, pigs dressed as babies, mushrooms, poems and songs, smiling cats, mock turtles, croquet, size changes, crazy hats and a lot of nonsense.

Alice in Wonderland is one of those books I’ve always wanted to read. And now that I’m trying to read more classics, I thought this would be the perfect time to pick it up. I was lucky enough to buy a copy that had the original illustrations from John Tenniel – the illustrator that worked with the author – and a small biography of Lewis Carroll. This way I was able to understand a small part of what his life was like and what was his source of inspiration, which was a little girl named Alice Liddell who he liked to tell stories.

But let’s talk about the book itself. How to describe Alice in Wonderland? In a nutshell: this book is the definition of childhood, nonsense and craziness. I can confidently say that I’ve never read a book like this, and I completely understand why it became so popular between people of all ages, and a classic. I thought it would be somewhat difficult to read because it was first published in 1865, but I was wrong. It’s an easy book to read and I finished it quickly, while having fun.

The only Alice in Wonderland story I knew before was the Disney adaptation from 1951, which is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time and it holds a very special place in my heart. So of course, it’s normal I made some comparisons while I was reading this. The stories are very similar, but I think the book is even crazier. I loved to read about all the characters I knew – and some that I had never heard about – and to learn the poems and songs that are dear to so many people. I was only sad that there was no mention of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum because they are two of my favorite characters, but apparently they are mentioned in the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.

I highly encourage you to read this book, no matter how old you are. It is a beautiful story that reminds you of what was like to be a child. When you are a kid, nothing really matters and nothing is taken seriously, as it should be. I’m very happy to finally read this, it’s a remarkable piece of art.

xoxo, Neide

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