Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Review by Fiona in Year 13

Library age rating: suitable for all ages

Genre: fantasy, adventure

Plot summary

This childhood classic tells the tale of a young girl named Alice who pursues a gentlemanly rabbit through a rabbit hole, entering a subterranean fantasy world populated by the strangest of creatures.

Positives

Times recently have been strange, so I returned to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as it's my number one comfort book. I was first given it as a birthday present by my older sister when I was 6 - Carroll is one of those authors, who, like Enid Blyton and J.R.R. Tolkein, know how to weave magic out of the ordinary. Life in the Alice's 'Wonderland' is exaggerated, made more colourful and meaningful. It's easy to get caught up in a grey blur of emails and studying, but it's so important to tap into the hidden reservoirs of colour in life, something so kindly provided by authors like Carroll.

Negatives

I wish it was longer, so I could drink in more of Carroll's writing.

 Reading recommendations

If you like this book, you will LOVE magical realist literature. You could continue with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by reading Through the Looking Glass or you could try Peter Pan and Wendy by J M Barrie for a familiar comforting story. Other recommendations include Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude which is a classic (I read it in Year 10 and found it beautiful but occasionally harrowing, so I would recommend from Year 11+), and finally, García Márquez's short story A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings is similarly dazzling and popular amongst all ages.