Friday, March 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Released: 1865

With the Alice in Wonderland movie directed by Tim Burton launching, I decided it would be a great idea to revisit this classic novel. I've had a copy of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass sitting on my shelf for years, but never picked it up to read. I figure watching three movie versions of Alice in Wonderland growing up was enough to get the main gist.

The novel itself is much shorter than I remember, and the writing is not as colorfully zany as I hoped; however the book does require the reader to have a vivid imagination. The riddles are silly and unsolvable and Alice talks too much. We are asking ourselves what lesson is she going to learn in the end?

From a symbolism and allegorical standpoint, this book is a great subject to dissect, especially considering Lewis Carroll was a famed mathemetician and enjoyed teaching symbolism to his pupils. Anyone who decided to pursue this project would find themselves confronted with a plethora of books already out there dedicated to analyzing Carroll's work.

Personally, I prefer the entertainment side of books and literature, so as a story, I can't say I enjoyed Alice in Wonderland all that much. I hope the Alice in Wonderland movie coming out today is MUCH better than the book, for once!

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