I have always wanted to read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll but never go around to it, so after doing the post, 20 Pre 20th Century Books I Want To Read (which you can read here), I decided to move it up my TBR and read it using an Audiobook narrated by Scarlett johansson.
After a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself far away from home in the absurd world of Wonderland. As mind-bending as it is delightful, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike.
Alice’s Adventures on one hand is about a child going around through a strange world, of talking animals, disappearing cats, monarchs that want to remove heads as well as food and drink that changes your size.
However it is more than that it is about mathematics getting bigger or smaller as well as other opposites, such as both sides of an object and choosing one direction and ending up in the same place.
This is one of those stories that is all a dream, which normally means that the story is downgraded in a readers opinion, as no one really likes stories that end in the statement “I woke up and realised It was all a dream.”
However Lewis carroll wrote such a great story about imagination and the changes you go through as a child that for some reason we as readers let this go. It is like there is such an innocence about the story that it would not have had if it was written after the invention of LSD (16th of November 1938) Rather than before in 1865.
This was narrated by the actress Scarlett Johansson While I felt the narration was clear and each character had their own voice, the narration was competent rather than anything special.
I do not know for definite if I am being harsh on Scarlett however it was definitely a parent reading a bedtime story, on the better side of this standard, rather than anything spectacular.
Who should read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? This is a simple answer everyone, While it’s not the best children’s book i have read which has to be, The Little Prince (read my review here), but it is a classic for a reason, a magical story that we all know of even if we have not read it.
The Book also shows that a great story can handle It was a dream trope and still become wat is known as a classic and for that reason alone you should read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by, Lewis Carrolls
Meet The Writer
The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.
His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems “The Hunting of the Snark” and “Jabberwocky”, all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.
Oxford scholar, Church of England Deacon, University Lecturer in Mathematics and Logic, academic author of learned theses, gifted pioneer of portrait photography, colourful writer of imaginative genius and yet a shy and pedantic man.
Meet the Narrator
Is an American actress and singer. The world’s highest-paid actress since 2018, Her films have grossed over $14.3 billion worldwide, making Johansson the ninth-highest-grossing box office star of all time. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Tony Award and a BAFTA Award, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.
Comment Below if you have read this book and if you have, should I go on and read the sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There?
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