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Dream read: Alice in Wonderland

June 10, 2012

The classic Victorian fairy tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is to me, the ultimate dream read.

“Wake up Alice dear!”said her sister.”Why what a long sleep you’ve had!”.

“Oh, I’ve had such a curious dream”, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures of her’s that you have just been reading about;”

I love that the whole story takes place in Alice’s dream,  and is filled with nonsensical scenes and  memorable characters. Who could forget The White Rabbit (so worried about being late), the grinning Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum,  the Duchess and the Queen of Hearts, and  of course, The  Hatter, (indeed, the whole chaotic tea party) along with other characters, all dreamt up from Lewis Carroll’s wild imagination. 

Originally written as entertainment to entertain Alice Liddell and her two sisters, this story continues to this day to inspire art works, theatre productions and  films, with the last movie adaptation, directed by Tim Burton in 2010,  portraying Alice at 19 years old returning to Wonderland.

 Alice’s Adventures inWonderland has even inspired Mad Hatters Day, celebrated on 10th June (in Britian anyway, in the U.S. it is on 6th October as they read the date differently). It’s the  the day to celebrate everything silly, this often being expressed by the wearing of hats!   This celebratory day was inspired by “The Hatter”  illustration by John Tenniel,  which portrays a card on his hat which reads 10/6.

A book which hasn’t been out of print since it was first published in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland continues to charm both adults and children alike,  achieving success and a continuing enduring influence which was surely  beyond the authors wildest dreams.
Certainly worth a re-read.
Monique
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