Alice is spending a rather boring afternoon with her older sister on a riverbank when she notices something curious: a white rabbit with a waistcoat and a pocket watch. She follows it into a rabbit hole but instead of finding the animal, she falls a long way into a strange hallway. Without a way back up, her only lead is the bottle labelled “drink me” — and drinking it is just the beginning of her adventure.
When Alice went off after the white rabbit, she hoped for something more exciting than her older sister’s book. She didn’t expect to find herself in another world where there seems to be no rules and every inhabitant is odd to say the least.
A sip from a bottle makes Alice shrink while a bite from a cake makes her grow. Cats can disappear and flamingos work as croquet mallets. Everyone is a bit — or more — mad, including the Queen who’s only way of ruling is to order executions.
Alice is curious about this new land of wonders and certainly not afraid to speak her mind despite the weirdness around her. Her ultimate goal is to get back home but to accomplish that, she first needs to survive a pool of her own tears, a mad tea party and trial for stolen tarts, to name a few.
This was a wonderfully bizarre book full of nonsense. Even though I knew some parts of the story in advance, it was fun to experience it from beginning to end. It’s definitely a children’s book but I enjoyed it even as an adult.
The story is told from Alice’s perspective and it really felt like a child’s point of view, even though the actual writing and wording was quite clever. I found Alice a bit bratty and rude at times, but she was also brave.
What I didn’t like was the ending. But I don’t want to spoil it, so let’s leave it at that.
Everyone knows this is a classic and the story includes numerous quotes that are popular even today. New adaptations pop up every now and then, and knowing the original story helps appreciate all the new twists and turns.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland doesn’t go to the top of my favorites list but I liked it. It’s very short (under 100 pages!) so you should definitely give it a go at some point.