Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland cover

I hope that everyone is doing well, and getting prepared for the weekend that is soon approaching.

I have been in quite a pickle this month, and could not take up any new requests, unless they were in the public domain where I live, since a person that is letting me have access to their Amazon stuff does not have a few of the titles I really wanted to read, but the situation has been fixed, though maybe not in the way some would have liked, and I can start taking requests on the $15+/month tier of my Patreon page.

However, before I get into that, I got another book from Project Gutenberg that I thought I would check out.

Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Alice is an ordinary girl living the peaceful life that everyone wishes for their child, with no cares or worries.

However, when she notices something, she falls down into a hole and in a strange world, and she must find her way back home.

As many should be aware, Pandora Hearts, one of my favorite manga, features a few things from the Alice in Wonderland duology, and I thought that I check out one of the books in the series.

After reading this, I can say that I kind of liked it, though not as much as what I would consider the best works of fiction.

From the moment that I started reading this book, my attention was quickly captured and did not want to stop reading.

Now, some of you guys might be finding this weird, since much of the stuff I have read or watched is meant for an older audience and, with the exception of a few titles, which includes Lindsey Leavitt’s The Chapel Wars, has a clear plot, but interesting reads do not need to have a clear plot or appeal only to the target audience.

In the case of this work, Lewis did a good job of capturing my attention from the way he writes and does not seem to do anything to make me feel like never reading another one of his works, though I cannot say that I would want to check out the other title in this duology, which features the concept that Jun Mochizuki was probably inspired by in creating her two Alices and a few other things.

Seeing as this is a work of nonsense literature, I did not think that I would be too impressed by it, aside from the fact that classics do not generally rank high with me, thanks to having to suffer through The Great Gatsby, but I was definitely caught by surprise.

Then again, I guess that the old adage that suggests that things are only as good as I decide it will be, which I briefly mentioned in my review of Spice & Wolf Volume 2, is not entirely correct, especially since psychology is a field in which different observations can be made from the same data.

Still, that does not mean that I do not want to give Lewis Carroll a big round of applause, because he does certainly deserve it.

I also liked how I felt like laughing quite a bit in this work.

When there is no definitive plot to a work, regardless of medium, I find myself enjoying things more when I can laugh about the sheer ridiculousness to occurs it, hence why I find Baka & Test and D-Frag! so enjoyable, and there were plenty of moments that I found myself laughing.

If Lewis Carroll were alive today, I might be able to find some of his stuff funny, but his kind of humor may be a bit harder to pull off than what is found in Saturday Night Live, anime, manga, or the comedy movies that I enjoy, because Woody Allen’s humor does not really appeal to everyone and Woody Allen is said to have some works in the genre of literary nonsense.

Seriously, if things were as funny as the things found here, and, unlike what happened in Rewrite episode 10, executed properly, I might actually be able to enjoy terrible works, beyond being able to allow me to conjure images in my head, which is also necessary for a great work of fiction.

Unfortunately, the closet things to being remotely funny where I live cannot be found anywhere other than movies and television shows, so until the creators that live in same country as me learn to make something funny, I guess that anime and manga will have to be my major sources of humor, though a certain scene in Family Guy: It’s a Trap does deliver a good amount of humor too.

For now, I hope that the so-called literary experts can start realizing that there are things that are just as important as, if not more than, a theme, symbolism, and all of that other craziness that gets more praise than the actual quality of a work.

The thing that I liked the most though was how the story felt complete.

In this day and age, writers seem obsessed with producing series that are trilogies or longer and do not bother to end things in a way that things could just be over and done with in that book alone, and it gets rather irritating, especially when the final book just felt largely unnecessary, as was the case with Allegiant.

Creating a series might be the easiest way to generate and keep a fanbase, but not everything needs to be part of series to be considered great.

For example, Weston Kincade’s A Life of Death ended in a way that I would have been happy if no sequel ever came out because it felt complete and told the story that Weston Kincade wanted to tell, and I sure would not have any problem going back and reading that book again.

While I cannot say that this book was on the same level that Weston Kincade brought out in A Life of Death, I have to give Lewis credit for doing something that writers today seem to be afraid to do, as people may eventually get tired of series, or, in my case, have too many to follow regularly already, and that makes me see some possibility of why somebody would want to reread this book.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked, especially because I do not really spend much time around Lewis Carroll’s target audience.

Because my attention was captured and held fairly well, I got a few laughs in, and the book felt complete, this was a fairly enjoyable read.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from thing too minor to talk about and one thing that does not really matter in a work like this, nothing really bothered me too much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was more to like than hate, this was definitely worth reading.

I recommend this to fans of Lewis Carroll, nonsense literature, and those with children.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but if you are thinking of trying out this book because of Jun Mochizuki’s Pandora Hearts, I do not think that will find anything as satisfying as that here.

If you have read this book, what are your thoughts on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Please leave a comment and let everyone know why you liked it or hated it, especially if your reasons differ from mine or you disagree with me.

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