Publication Date: July 4, 1865
Story Perspective: Third-Person
Themes: Dreams, Curiosity, Identity, Growing Up
Young Alice falls down a rabbit hole and into the land of Wonderland. There are many odd encounters, strange conversations, and several magical creatures. Will she make her way back home?
One of major feelings I got while reading was trippy. I honestly felt I was in some weird dream with Alice experiencing all these odd encounters with rabbits, a Mad Hatter, mice, a Queen, a King, the Cheshire Cat, the caterpillar, and so many others.
As she moves from creature to creature, from person to person, with such crazy conversations, my mind was spinning. Sometimes I enjoyed this feeling and sometimes I thought it was just too much. I believe the author could have done with less strange encounters and focused more on the story telling, making this a better read.
The purpose of the book was somewhat ambiguous. It could be that this was Alice potentially letting go of her childhood and ready to grow up or it could have been just a strange dream. Either way, the main issues with the book were the lack of a plot and character development. Perhaps this was intentional by the author, but I feel if this book was any longer, I probably would have given up on it due to its lack of structure.
Personally, I don’t have much attachment to the book, as I didn’t read very much when I was a child. While growing up, I did watch the Disney animated version, but didn’t really get it, so it didn’t make it on my re-watch Disney list. As an adult, I still don’t get it, but maybe if I read the book as a child, I would have thought the whole thing was clever and funny.
Overall, I’m glad I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as I have been wanting to read it, but I felt the plot, characters, and world building were lacking.
I would perhaps recommend this to those who would like to read a short, nonsensical tale set in an odd land.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
22 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!