(e)Book Read! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865).

First sentence: “Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?'”

P. ??: “Alice caught the baby with some difficulty, as it was a queer-shaped little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, ‘just like a star-fish’, thought Alice.”

Last sentence: “Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make THEIR eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.”

Although this is a children’s book, it really is a magnificent read for grown-ups too.  The story is certainly enchanting, but there are a lot of layers that you perhaps miss as a child, but that you can discover and enjoy when grown-up.  I especially like the play with language, and that was the reason I re-read it.

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2 Comments

  1. filosofischelevenskunst

    I think you are right: there are a lot of children’s books worth reading as an adult. They can be very inspiring and are able to stimulate ones imagination. I personally like the children’s books of Roald Dahl very much. Your description of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspires me to start reading it again (the e-book version this time ;))

    • Well, it was in a philosophy class (of language) they drew my attention to this book, and I read it then. I didn’t remember much although I am sure I read it as a child and I didn’t have the book. But now with these e-readers you can download all those classics you wouldn’t nomally buy anymore. I’ve read this on my iPad with the Kobo for iPad-app, and I enjoyed it very much. I am ashamed to say I never read a book of Roald Dahl, but I will certainly do so in the future.
      Thanks for your comment.

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