Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Thoughts: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The whole thing starts when a little girl named Alice sees a rabbit take out a pocket watch. Out of curiosity, she follows him down a rabbit hole, and encounters creatures like the Mad Hatter, a sleeping dormouse, a smoking caterpillar, an insane queen, and more out-of-this-world characters/people/animals.
I’m going to be honest here. I didn’t understand Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland very well. Okay, I didn’t understand it at all. Maybe I could have understood it better with an annotated version? Or SparkNotes? But maybe it’s not supposed to be understood. Maybe it’s supposed to be a fun, nonsensical book for kids. Or maybe that’s just me making excuses for myself. Har-har.
I do think that the book was written by a very intelligent person, though. It’s crazy, but it’s the kind of crazy that’s intelligent. While reading/absorbing the craziness, I almost started to feel like I could actually understand it, that a dormouse who talked in his sleep actually made sense. Aside from that “almost sane” feeling, there’s also a ton of wordplay, and fun little poems.
Overall, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a fun read. I didn’t stop to think about the characters’ movies, the theme, or THIS-IS-AN-IMPORTANT-PIECE-OF-LITERATURE. I just let the prose and Alice’s thoughts wash over me. No pressure.