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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Carroll (2)

Lewis Carroll’s marvelous novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a classic of children’s literature. When Alice falls down a rabbit hole, she encounters a world of fantastic nonsense, including talking animals, monstrous monarchs, and food and drink that alternatively render her a tiny speck, and then remarkably large. Here is a parallel world where an officious rabbit worries about time, akin to a stuffy grownup, a mouse gives a lecture regarding history, and a talking caterpillar interrogates the bewildered girl. When Alice joins a mad tea party, she has to endure the foolish riddles posed by the March Hare and the Mad Hatter. Playing croquet with the tyrannical Queen is equally absurd, with live flamingos as mallets, and hedgehogs as balls. The trial of the Knave of Hearts, accused of stealing the Queen’s tarts, is completely nonsensical, and when Alice begins to grow larger and larger, she is ordered from the court. She accuses her mad companions of being mere playing cards, and finally wakes up from her long nap on a riverbank, realizing it was but a dream. Carroll portrays a child’s view of the mysterious doings of adults with wicked humor, and a keen sense of the absurd.

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