Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published: November 26th 1865

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Review

I’m having a hard time deciding how I felt about this beautiful little book. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – the story, the Disney adaptation, the Tim Burton adaptation, the whimsy – has a very special place in my heart. I’ve mentioned my love for all of the above in countless posts in the past and I’ll never bore of telling you how much I adore everything about it.

However, until this afternoon, it had been years and years since I last read Lewis Carroll’s classic and I’d actually forgot a lot of the major plot points. I watch the Disney adaptation (one of my all-time favourite films ever!) several times a year, meaning that is a lot more prominent in my memory. With Tim Burton’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’ being released later this month, I thought it was about time I reread the books – starting with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Review

Naturally, I have to draw attention to how beautiful my version of the book is! Matthew bought me this edition for my birthday a few years ago. I just absolutely love it. Even the pages have golden edges… It really is something special. The story itself, on the other hand, left me feeling a little underwhelmed. That’s completely my fault, though, as I’ve placed the story of Alice in Wonderland on a pedestal for so many years that it would have been practically impossible to meet my expectations all over again.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book because I certainly did! Lewis Carroll’s writing is just wonderful and I couldn’t help but smile at his intelligently and logically constructed nonsense. I thought it was super that the narrator repeatedly referred to the illustrations for further description – such as the Gryphon’s appearance and the King’s crown – as it made them an important part of the story, rather than a little added extra.

It’s a very short story. It took me around an hour to finish which was probably another reason why I was left feeling very underwhelmed. I wanted to engross myself into a story and it just so happened that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a lot shorter than I remember! Again, that’s absolutely no fault of the book. I just could immerse myself in the weird and wonderful Wonderland for so much longer.

Alice, being the centre of the entire story, is such a highlight for me. Her internal conflicts, opinions and ramblings are so enjoyable to read. Despite the absolute madness surrounding her, she stays perfectly calm and composed. It definitely reflects the dream-like aspect of the entire story. You never realise how completely irrational your dreams are until you wake up…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is full of absolute nonsense but that’s what sets it apart from so many others. It’s a classic for a reason and it’s definitely worth a couple of hours of your time!

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Have you ever read Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?

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19 thoughts on “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  1. I read the books probably a dozen times each (easily), and there was a time when I had certain passages all but memorized. It was easy to re-read when I knew them so well. If I read them again now, I think I’d find them just as enjoyable. The Disney version was, well, Disney – it’s cute and fun and aimed at kids, which may or may not work when you’re an adult. Personally I still like kids’ films. But in spite of not liking Tim Burton overall, I thought his version of Alice was really captivating. Probably going to watch his version of Through the Looking Glass, too.

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    • That’s incredible! I’d love to have my favourite books memorised.
      I love Disney – I think they cleverly incorporate lovely kid’s story lines with sneaky references that only adults would enjoy.
      I enjoyed Tim Burton’s Alice too, and I’m very much looking forward to Through the Looking Glass. The trailer looks brilliant!

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      • Some of the books I re-read *several* times (several meaning so many I lost count – I got bored really easily as a child) just kind of got stuck in my head. A lot of them have faded as the years go on. Unfortunately, the thing about having that kind of memory is that you also remember really well books you didn’t like!

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      • That’s a good point! My memory is pretty terrible really, sadly, but I’ve always dreamt of being someone who can recite my favourite quotes or poems. Sigh, so lovely.

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  2. I was just reading this the other day!Albeit my copy isn’t quite as pretty as yours!I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland and anything to do with it…I recently got the prettiest pocket watch necklace and agh the wonderland-ness of it! ❤

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