“We’re all mad here” – Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland
This post is late considering I finished reading Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland a week ago. I was really excited to read it simply because my coworker gave me her 1960’s Annotated copy with original John Tensile illustrations – the illustrations was what I was looking forward to the most because it would give me a chance to visualize the story in a different way than the well known Disney version. It definitely gave me that, but I also had some of the disney images sneaking in which annoyed me.
I only read a couple of the notes throughout the story because otherwise I would have gotten stuck reading all the history and trivia attached to single sentences or paragraphs.
Overall I greatly enjoyed reading this, I mean who wouldn’t? I see it as a children’s book, yet it is a story – a quick one – that any adult can enjoy. I loved how the power of imagination is portrayed and how even in our dreams do we learn something, even if we may not remember when we wake up. But even realizing that as I read this, something that is greatly enjoyed by this story is the fact that it isn’t meant to make complete sense, yet I’m sure everyone who reads it takes something different from the story than someone else. I believe this is true from any story really, but I think, sometimes, that simple stories can leave much more open for individual interpretation.
A few other things that I really like about this classic story is that there are so many great quotes that are relevant no matter the time. That’s a great thing about many of the classic stories in general, they give relevant themes, ideas, and characters.
I’m sure I’m not the only to have read this story and I would love to hear other’s thoughts!
Happy Reading! And be sure to look out for my detour book review which I should have posted this week 🙂