My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This may come as a big shock to those, who, like me, thought that Alice in Wonderland is nothing more than a story of a girl that keeps growing up and shrinking, that this book has plenty of surprises in its store for us. I picked up this book as a part of my pledge to read as many classics as possible, and am I glad that I did! I was overjoyed with my experience with the classic Pride and Prejudice; this encouraged me to look into this well-cherished classic.
Alice in Wonderland is not just a book; it is an insight into the mind and heart of a little girl. Alice’s imagination knows no bounds and every fragment of her imagination is as twisted as the corkscrew. One cannot help but smile throughout the read. I found the humor in the book refreshing, one-of-a-kind, and outstanding. I have not, yet, come across a book that has better implemented the innocence of a child in a more humorous manner than this one. The instance, where Alice– in an attempt to identify whether she has magically transformed into any of her friends, is the most hilarious among all:
London is the capital of Paris, and Paris is the capital of Rome, and Rome-no, THAT’S all wrong, I’m certain! I must have been changed for Mabel!
The colorful characters and little sketching of Lewis Carroll, the author, is just an icing on the cake of this plot. Each character has an unorthodox personality. Hatter’s madness, Queen of hearts’ cruelty, the king’s ignorance towards everything, Alice’s innocence are just a few of the instances of a wide range of characteristics of the characters present in Alice in Wonderland. Their conversations are rib-tickling and extremely sharp-witted. I was bewitched and lost in their dialogues to an extent, which is beyond my capability to express in words.
A major part of the book comprises of the poems that character, out of the blue, start singing, and their weird anecdotes. I loved all of their short stories, except for the one of Mock Turtle – Yes! You read it right; there is a mock turtle – but that, too was not annoying. The author’s flawless execution of a story about someone’s dream is entertaining, and this is saying something because, I think, listening to someone’s dream is the dullest thing in the world.
Every book lover should take a dive into the wonderland of Alice, and explore the brilliant traces of humor, bravery, innocence, stupidity, and what not! I have become a fan of this book, and I intend to keep it with me all my life because I know this has the power to make me laugh even when I am in the worst of my moods.
If you wish to take a sneak peek into some of the best instances of the book, click here.
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