For my spring challenge I’d chosen to read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll as my choice of fantasy novel. One of the rules of the challenge is that you can listen to an audiobook rather than read a book if you wish. I had work to do today so thought I would buy the audio book from itunes and give it a go. One of the other challenges is to read a non-fiction book about a diarist, for which I wish to read a book about Lewis Carroll as his life is very interesting and controversial. I figured I needed to have read Alice in Wonderland before I could read a book about him.
I forgot how trippy and imaginative the story is. I’d never read the book before, but I am a huge fan of the Disney film. Whilst listening to the story I found it easy to forget that the book was written for children. It is so full of literary nonsense and fantastical images that even I had to re-listen to parts. It’s not a story you can have playing in the background.
Carroll, real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, original told the story to a little girl named Alice on a trip up the River Thames in 1862 and was eventually written down and given to Alice in 1864. In 1865 with the addition of the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Tea Party Carroll published Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland.
The book is beautiful as is the Disney film. I’m going to have to go and watch it now!