Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll is undoubtedly world’s most popular children’s story for over 200 years now. I read it ages ago and vaguely remembered it, so thought it’s perfect time for a re-read, especially after all the dystopian novels I have read recently!
As a shy young person, Lewis Caroll liked to invent stories and games for children. He once took three young girls , one of them was ten years old Alice, for a picnic by a river side. And he started telling the stories with Alice as the main character. Real Alice asked him to write the whole story for her and he did so. Stories were written by hand and presented to Alice in November 1863 with name “Alice’s Adventures under Ground”.He later got them published as a book “Alice in Wonderland” which is one of the most read books till today!
Almost everyone has read this one, so no point bragging about the book’s content. But still… It’s about Alice’s adventures when she follows a white rabbit into a hole and reaches underground. And she transforms after eating cakes and mushrooms and explores the underground wonders. It’s a fantasy world of tea-parties, talking to animals and visiting weird people like mad hatter and the arrogant Queen (my favourite chapter!!)
It’s a cute book with amusing illustrations which children and adults will enjoy alike. Mine had illustrations by Robert Ingpen!
Few quotes from the book:
“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”