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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland May 23, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Mindfulness.
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Growing up, Lewis Carroll (a/k/a Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) and his marvelously evocative characters amused me:

The Mad Hatter ~ presiding over the world’s strangest tea party

The White Rabbit ~ scurrying nervously with his oversized timepiece (“I’m late, I’m late.”)

The Cheshire Cat ~ fading away until only its smile remained behind . . . what a way to go!!!

* The Queen of Hearts ~  imperious in her judgments and blustery pronouncements (“Off with her head!”)

* And, of course, Alice ~ that pragmatic young girl who rolled with the punches and never lost her head. 

Over time, my awe, appreciation, and wonder at Lewis Carroll’s words and creations has grown, rather than diminished. 

He makes it look so easy . . . when writing is anything but.

Related posts:  The Oddly Inspiring Characters of Lewis Carroll * Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Wikipedia) * Images of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland * Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass * Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk? (Uphill Writing)

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1. Richard Scott - May 23, 2010

It took me years to get beyond the first Disney version of this story. I loved that version, but over the years I’ve grown to really appreciate Dodgson’s work.

My favorite of his books is “The Hunting of the Snark”. I found a copy of the “Annotated Snark” in Saigon a million years ago and read it over and over. Somewhere along the way it got lost, and I now find that the very copy I paid $2 for (I think) is now going for somewhere between $45 and $85. Sometimes I think it would almost be worth it.

nrhatch - May 23, 2010

Oh, now I want to read about the Snark!


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