Audiobook Comments Read by Alan Bennett - and he was a pretty good narrator too. But as much as l I tried to listen to this on audiobook, the text was just tooo confusing. I kept losing track of the story. I gave up and decided to read it instead. That was a good choice - lots of fun pictures!
Blog Instagram Twitter View all 38 comments. View all 3 comments. Unpopular Opinion This took me a long time to get through I found it sometimes tedious to be quite honest. I guess I just don't love the nonsensical fun of this as much as everyone else seems to love it. I enjoyed the pictures and I really liked this edition and I enjoyed it well enough, but as I said, I just don't love it as much as a lot of others do.
View all 12 comments. Sadly enough it has disappeared — I must have lent out my copy to a friend. Op een slaapverwekkende warme zomerdag zit Alice zich naast haar lezende zus aan de waterkant onnoemelijk te vervelen.
Een vestimentair piekfijn uitgedost wit Konijn dat gehaast voorbijsnelt, prikkelt haar nieuwsgierigheid. Ze gaat het achterna en tuimelt zo via een schier eindeloze konijnenpijp onverhoeds in Wonderland, een magische wereld bevolkt met sprekende dieren. Naast het voeren van absurde conversaties met de vreemdsoortige wezens, heeft ze plots haar handen vol met een baby die eigenlijk een big blijkt te zijn.
Bovendien krimpt of groeit Alice de hele tijd door in een halsbrekend tempo als ze aan koekjes of paddenstoelen knabbelt! Carroll schreef dit fantasievolle, fascinerende sprookje over een avontuurlijk klein meisje dat alert en spitsvondig omgaat met onalledaagse gebeurtenissen voor het tienjarige dochtertje van een vriend.
In de tussentijd is er nog altijd de videoclip van Tom Petty die zich door het verhaal liet inspireren. Of ik zou het, nu ik groot ben, in het Engels kunnen lezen. Of zou ik dan terug krimpen? View all 29 comments. Having just finished Alice in Wonderland, the first thing that occurs to me is that I wish I had read it years ago. I've known the story of Alice for years thanks to Disney and the Mad Hatter on Batman, but for some reason I didn't get around to reading this as a child. While I expected to like it, I never realized what a joy this book would be.
Carroll was a logician, so it should come as no surprise that he uses his expertise in that field to create many hilarious logical fallacies. But what i Having just finished Alice in Wonderland, the first thing that occurs to me is that I wish I had read it years ago. But what interested me the most was the prose; I could talk for a long time of the clean, beautiful concision of Carroll's writing and of the brilliance of his word games and puns, which obviously influenced Vladimir Nabokov who composed a Russian translation of Alice.
The way in which Carroll's narrative voice addresses the absurd events reminded me of Kafka's Metamorphosis. Why some would reject the former's unique literary genius while praising the latter's can be explained by the snobbery of those who would reject a masterpiece simply because it's a "children' book. Thanks to the animated movie, I knew the characters and I felt like I was being reunited with old friends. I especially felt this during the Mad Tea Party, which I think must rank among the most brilliant comic scenes in English literature.
However, Alice proves that books for children need not be dumbed down or sentimentalized. There are some dark undercurrents to the excellent humor The Queen is obsessed with beheading, to use just the most famous example. And the beautiful concluding paragraph is a startling, Shakespearean meditation on childhood, age, and eventual womanhood. I admit that was a wonderful surprise. And then of course there's the drug use of the caterpillar and Carroll's suggested pedophiliac obsession with young girls. But people who approach Alice as psychedelic literature or a creepy Lolita story, I think, miss the point.
However, these questions do add to the depth of the reading experience. Alice in Wonderland is indeed a rare kind of book: one which can entertain and enlighten both the child and the adult. Carroll's glittering novel hasn't been dimmed in the slightest by time, something that can't be said of the works of many of his contemporaries. Alice's adventures will doubtless fascinate us for untold years to come.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go listen to White Rabbit. May 14, J. Sutton rated it really liked it. I don't know why, but I enjoyed Alice's observations and the humor more this time. There's also something that's fun and a bit surprising when we're reading something like Peter Pan or The Wizard of Oz we thought we knew really well because we've been exposed to the stories for so long even if we haven't read the actual story.
I know my ratings are always subjective based on when and where I've read a specific book. It's clear that I was ready to have fun down the rabbit hole! Changing my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars. View all 7 comments. Feb 21, Leo. Why Alice! What Adventures you have had? View all 5 comments. However, for the sake of completion and satisfying my OCD tendencies Alice is a young girl who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world, meeting lots of weird and peculiar characters. And that's it.
Well, the Mad Hatter isn't wrong. I started this book excited at the premise of reading a classic that I don't recall ever having rea "We're all mad here" I'm not going to insult your intelligence by giving a plot summary for this book as I think every person on the planet knows the premise.
I started this book excited at the premise of reading a classic that I don't recall ever having read before. Within about ten pages, my excitement had quickly waned. I've come to the conclusion that people who love this book must have fallen in love with the book as a child and therefore reading this book will trigger feelings of nostalgia and memories of childhood. Because I simply hated every minute of reading this book.
I went to bed every night and would find myself procrastinating on my phone instead of getting stuck into my book like I normally would. I don't enjoy nonsense. I like things to be logical and follow some kind of structure I guess that's the scientist in me. Of course, not everything can be logical in horror books etc, but this was like a different level of ridiculousness.
Nothing made any sense, things were all over the place. We were just jumping around everywhere and I just wanted the experience to be over. If this book wasn't so short, I think it would have became a DNF for me. Oh, and Alice literally has to the sassiest, cheekiest, rudest little girl I've ever encountered in literature. What a brat. I just wanted to put her in her place for the entirety of the novel. Nope, I hate Alice. The only highlight for me was the illustrations, as they are simply beautiful.
So I apologise to all lovers of Alice in Wonderland but it's just not for me. I'll give 1 star for the story as I just can't allow myself to give zero stars So that's 2 stars out of 5 from me! And a reading experience I'd like to forget. View all 14 comments. I really enjoyed this classic.
That I had missed while growing up.
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It has lots of lessons that are currently applicable to people in their everyday life. For instance, the Cheshire Cat when Alice asked him where she should go. So many people in life don't know where they're going and so they just settle on one arbitrary direction. Lewis Carroll is a master and his craft. Thank you. If I didn't already know the story and the basic plot points of Alice in Wonderland from movies, books, and other pop culture retellings, I think this book would have been very confusing.
I didn't realize how short the Wonderland part of Alice's story is so, despite the bizarre writing, it was a pretty quick read. In fact, if you are really into fairy tales, I imagine this could be a one sitting book. The intro to the book mentioned this being psychedelic fiction. Having grown up frequently seein If I didn't already know the story and the basic plot points of Alice in Wonderland from movies, books, and other pop culture retellings, I think this book would have been very confusing. Having grown up frequently seeing art with tie-dyed mushrooms and a hookah smoking caterpillar on top, I was already thinking this book was likely quite a trip.
The surreal storylines, bizarre characters, and the consumption of substances by Alice to alter her reality definitely make this a trippy experience. This is one case where I think the movies at least the ones I have seen have done a pretty good job stream-lining the story to improve the delivery. The essence of each of Alice's adventures is usually captured perfectly with excessively trippy material edited perfectly so as to not lose the viewer. Not often you can say the movie is better than the book! In the end, it is another classic that I am very glad to have read.
Did it blow me away? Not really. Will I be recommending it to others?
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Not likely. But, if you have always enjoyed the Alice fairy tell - enough to say that you are a fan - I think you have to check out the source material. View 2 comments. I think it was a good choice for me to reread one of my favorite childhood stories before I read the one I really wanted to: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. However, it was still a really enjoyable ride everytime I read it. Everlasting quotes are the reason this book is classic, and I love them all!
I have always wondered what inspir I think it was a good choice for me to reread one of my favorite childhood stories before I read the one I really wanted to: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. I have always wondered what inspired Lewis Carroll who was a really strange man so even if I am still wondering the same question, I am not too sure if I want to know the answer to create this story in his head, and if he was on some kind of drugs while doing that.
I mean, Caterpillar smoke from nargila so View all 8 comments. I'm still not sure whether I think Lewis Carroll created a fantastic piece of fantasy or a great big pile of nonsense.
I suspect it's a combination of the two. I like some of Alice's adventures - really, how could I not? You may have seen the Disney film or been to a play, but most everyone growing up in a Western European-based culture has had some contact in some form with Alice and her adventures. Each proposition is stated, proved and finally signed off with QED. For centuries, this approach had been seen as the pinnacle of mathematical and logical reasoning. No Victorian embraced these new concepts wholeheartedly, and all struggled to find a philosophical framework that would accommodate them.
But they gave mathematicians a freedom to explore new ideas, and some were prepared to go along with these strange concepts as long as they were manipulated using a consistent framework of operations.
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To Dodgson, though, the new mathematics was absurd, and while he accepted it might be interesting to an advanced mathematician, he believed it would be impossible to teach to an undergraduate. Outgunned in the specialist press, Dodgson took his mathematics to his fiction. By this point, Alice has fallen down a rabbit hole and eaten a cake that has shrunk her to a height of just 3 inches. Enter the Caterpillar, smoking a hookah pipe, who shows Alice a mushroom that can restore her to her proper size. The snag, of course, is that one side of the mushroom stretches her neck, while another shrinks her torso.
She must eat exactly the right balance to regain her proper size and proportions. Symbolic algebra is essentially what we use today as a finely honed language for communicating the relations between mathematical objects, but Victorians viewed algebra very differently. Even the early attempts at symbolic algebra retained an indirect relation to physical quantities. De Morgan wanted to lose even this loose association with measurement, and proposed instead that symbolic algebra should be considered as a system of grammar.
Alice has moved from a rational world to a land where even numbers behave erratically. In the hallway, she tried to remember her multiplication tables, but they had slipped out of the base number system we are used to. So the Caterpillar could well be telling Alice to keep her body in proportion — no matter what her size.
To survive in Wonderland, Alice must act like a Euclidean geometer, keeping her ratios constant, even if her size changes. She swallows a piece of mushroom and her neck grows like a serpent with predictably chaotic results — until she balances her shape with a piece from the other side of the mushroom. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide.
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