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5/30/20 11:18 P

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I borrowed Alice... through our library's ereader option. I will return it tomorrow, but I went back through it today since the illustrations--plates--are by Arthur Rackham, and they are just wonderful. If ever you have the opportunity to read a book with his illustrations, take it.


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5/28/20 9:30 A

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5/28/20 12:38 A

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JOANNEJI, what a great way to "see" this novel. I was thinking how disjointed it seemed, how quickly he/Alice jumped from one topic to another. Your insight suggests this is a fitting pace for the story. Children would "jump" from topic to topic rapidly when their setting changed rapidly. Rather, whatever is in front of their eyes at the moment; and there's no analysis or "concern" about what is happening--why is this happening? what made this happen? What if I do this/that? Thanks for your insight. Maybe that's why I don't remember the pacing being an issue since I read it a long time ago when I was much younger; now, as an adult, I'm looking for a different pace.
Your other post brought back memories of a college class where this was an assigned reading and the extra reading the professor assigned--I wasn't ready for some of that: I was a small-town Midwest girl and had NO IDEA. Made me look at the novel in a very different light.

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5/24/20 6:51 A

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I just joined your book club, I love to read and look forward to my adventures today with Alice!!

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5/16/20 8:03 A

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For some reason, I remembered this as being a much longer book. It must have seemed so to me as a child. Alice’s world surely was a confusing and arbitrary place, and at times our world must seem so to today’s children.
I tried taking a look at our day-to-day exchanges from a child’s perspective, and I thought that perhaps that was what LC did: random and unmerited punishment meted out by authority figures (as in the queen of hearts), adults never saying exactly what they mean (the Duchess), children not quite fitting into the situation in which they find themselves and having to figure out how to do so (eat me, drink me), conversations that make absolutely no sense, and people who are difficult for no apparent reason...
No wonder my grandkids get a little grumpy at times! We are all characters in a modern day Wonderland, and don’t even know it!

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5/15/20 1:44 P

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I just started because I'm so far behind on everything this month I'm running into my own a**. I've actually never read this before...not quite sure how it slipped by me in High School but better late than never! So far it seems like a fun read.

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5/15/20 12:33 A

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What an imagination from both Alice and the author! emoticon Love the word play. Yes, there's a lot of themes jam-packed into one book! It's funny/weird to read a childhood book and see all the things that would have been missed years ago, but noticed now in adulthood - makes for very different reading experiences from the same book.

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5/8/20 11:43 A

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Almost as interesting as reading Alice in Wonderland itself, has been reading the articles explaining the meanings behind Alice’s Adventures!

Here are some of the themes suggested to lie behind Lewis Carroll’s imaginings:
Drug use
Curiosity and how adults discourage it in children, and insist that they stop asking so many questions
Adolescence and identity
Eating and eating disorders
Sex
Political allegory of practices of the time
References to Oxford, England
Loss of childhood
Meaninglessness of life

And then there was an article that made me raise my eyebrows, suggesting that the author had proposed marriage to the real young Alice. It was a different time, and it was not unusual for girls as young as 12 to marry. Still.......

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5/6/20 10:07 P

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Just started Alice...... Seems a very different read than when I read it in high school. Can't reay remember what we talked about, other than the writing.
Enoying so far.

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5/4/20 5:02 A

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The last time I read this was in high school. I seem to remember discussing the politics angle more than the theme of growing up, but maybe that was just what stuck in my teen-aged brain. Quick, entertaining, absurd, read.

I can see where the discussion about politics would work for this book, but to me the themes about growing up and trying to figure out who you are and where you fit are stronger. Too small for somethings, too big for others, so difficult to find just right.

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5/2/20 6:24 A

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I'm trying to make this last so I've got the audio version read by Michael York and the e-version that I'm read along while he reads to me. He does a nice job. I used to have a Disney version (on a full-length album) with a book that went along with it. I feel like I'm little again. ;)

We read this in high school. We were either juniors or seniors. I haven't read it since. When I was "shopping" for my copy and saw how short the book is, I was trying to remember why would have read it. There are a number of themes in it that we probably discussed. I'll write more about it later.

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5/1/20 11:04 P

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Very fun and whimsical read. I never realized how much sarcasm it had. Also, great word play.

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5/1/20 4:49 A

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This is where we can discuss Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

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