‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Caroll

Look at that, I managed to finally read another book from my reading classics challenge, I already see myself frantically trying to get through War and Peace when my self imposed deadline comes closer. Womp, womp. Anyway, I read most of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland while on the plane back from Canada.

I’m not sure if it’s because I saw the Disney movie or because I read this book before but this time I actually remember what happened. I read the book for the first time in grade 12 or 13, for fun, not because it was a school assignment. Back then, I hardly remembered anything that happened in it but while reading, I encountered a lot of familiar things.

The story itself is pretty confusing but also very entertaining and sometimes even funny. While reading I sometimes imagined myself reading this out loud with my own kid someday and it gave me the warm and fuzzies. I don’t think I need to write anything about what happens in the story because everyone knows this, even without having read the book because it’s so much part of a shared cultural experience.

What bugged me from time to time was dumb decisions Alice sometimes made, especially with the getting bigger and smaller. I’m not sure where it was exactly but she was too tall to get through ¬†door in the beginning and so she drinks something to get smaller but then she is too small to retrieve the key so she has to get bigger again and so on. The first time I understand that she is confused about the whole ordeal and doesn’t work out the logistics but after 2 more times, she should have had more forethought to go through a door or leave a house before ingesting a size altering remedy. It would have saved her a lot of trouble but would probably have made the short story even shorter.

On the whole it’s an entertaining story but also one I don’t really know what it is supposed to teach me. I imagine I should learn something from it but I’m not sure what and that bugs me. Other than that, it was a fun companion for my flight.

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