Alice, our mature and logical heroine is bamboozled at every turn in these raucous adventures. As we all know it’s the classic pair of stories about a girl going all out in the bewilderment stakes, at a bunch of unlikely characters inhabiting a fun and entirely illogically logical worlds.
Firstly though, a word on the films. Having recently watched a whole bunch of them – my research knows no bounds when it is for you, dear reader – I have come to the conclusion that they’re all disappointing.
That said I shall always retain a soft spot for the 1951 Disney cartoon still encapsulates the strange and wondrous nature of Alice’s exploits best of all. Of course the book is really where it’s at in terms of magic. You don’t need modern CGI to enjoy this tale.
Although the first thing people usually associate with Carroll’s stories is a huge dollop of whimsy, there is a very dark edge that stays on the cusp of the fun and humour, I love the varied feelings of melancholy, chaos and a slightly menacing cruel world. which is mirrored in Tenniel’ s delightful and sometimes grotesque illustrations.
wordplay, puzzles, philosophy, and logic, tons of wordplay, rhymes, madcap nature. How many other books can say they have that and yet be accessible to all generations? I would wager (with something small and insubstantial in case I have forgotten any) that no other book, certainly nothing that explains clever concepts in such a simple and entertaining way,
Many words can be used to describe Alice’s adventures such as fantastical, magical, definitely surreal bewildering, witty, nonsensical, ridiculous, chaotic, riotous, hullaballoo, discordant, cacophonous, the list goes on and possibly they should just list these words on the next reprint and let the books sell themselves.
A wonderful romp through the imagination it is then! I love these stories for the clever word play, double meaning and always surprising twists of fantasy. people of all ages cannot fail to be intrigued by the wonderful nature and exploration of these stories. They are as memorable as any of the greatest set pieces in literature and have the capacity to delight however many times they are read.