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Nonsense Can Be Good

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1) - Lewis Carroll, Peter Glassman, John Tenniel

Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Caroll

Original Published Date: 1865

Pages: 106

Edition Language: English

Format: Hardback

Category: Children's, Classic, Fantasy,

 

Review: Like Peter Pan, I do not think a summary will be needed here. If I am wrong, it is about a little girl called Alice who falls down a rabbit hole and into Wonderland, which is a crazy odd place, where animal talks and wear waistcoats, hatters are mad, food shrink and enlarge people, cats grin strangely and disappear, and the Queen is a playing card and loves to behead everyone.

 

Sounds confusing? Well, for Alice it was! It is nonsense and it is awesome! Alice cried: "Curiouser and curiouser," and indeed it was. 

What I found pleasing was that there are many segments I remembered from the Disney movie (which is my 2nd favorite Disney) and others I didn't, so I felt curious reading the book.

I enjoyed the language. I love delicate English and so indeed this was. A big joy reading it! Funny book. Love the nonsense it has all over, and not having English as my born language, some of the gibberish verses and dialogues puzzled me. I was trying to find its meaning like Alice, and who am I kidding? It is the non-sense that makes it so funny! I mean... Why is a raven like a writing desk? What the hell had that man eaten when he combined ravens and writing desk and then come up with the answer: No idea... I think it is funny. And the weird characters - there are no logic in any of it and that is what makes it so wonderfully weird and funny. I believe the real Wonderland must be in Caroll's head.

 

I have a big minus though! The illustrator really made Alice look really, really scary! What is wrong with her eyes? She looks so evil. I am not kidding. But I guess I cannot blame the author for having creepy illustrations and it is not like it ruined the book or anything... But come on! Wouldn't this give you nightmares?

 

 

No, this is not why I am not giving it the last half star. Even though I liked it very much and have almost only good words for it, there were still some few short passages where I became a little... impatient, like "Yes, move on to the funny part, please!". It was not many times, like Peter Pan, but I do not want to have that feeling, when I am reading a book. It will be "only" 4,5 stars!