This is a delightful book, in which Alice finds herself in a world that completely abandons logic in favor of wordplay. I loved reading this book again, because it makes you think a little, while requiring you to think very little. It’s the kind of book that makes your brain go, “Aha! I see what he did there. That was clever,” but without actually requiring any attention span from one chapter to the next. You can pretty much dive in anywhere you want, and not miss any important plot structure. Fact is, the plot doesn’t make much sense.
Alice encounters a talking white rabbit, the King and Queen of Hearts, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, and Bill the Lizard, as well as many other peculiar creatures. To be honest, I was struck by just how closely Disney managed to follow Lewis Carroll’s writing. Usually, they have to change a fairy tale entirely before it hits the big screen – but I guess when your main point is to make no sense, there’s no point in making sense of it first.
The book is, however, much better than Disney’s version. If you haven’t read it, find a copy and pick it up. It’s a quick read, and it’s a childhood staple. ♦
What’s even better? You can legally read or download the book for free from gutenberg.org here.