Book review: “After Alice” by Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire, author of amongst others the ‘Wicked’ books, is known for his fictional novels in which he gives a new take on well known fantasy stories. He has recently published “After Alice”, in which Alice’s friend Ada follows her to Wonderland. We see the story we know so well through her eyes.

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Although I have never read Maguire’s other books, I am familiar with the musical ‘Wicked’, which was based on his book. I was thrilled with the original take on the familiar ‘Wizard of Oz’ tale and hoped he had done the same to the Alice in Wonderland story. However, I am sorry to say that I was quite disappointed.

“After Alice” in fact tells two tales: the one about Ada, following Alice through the rabbit hole, and the one about Alice’s sister, Ada’s governess, and other people who remain in Oxford and have to deal with the disappearance of both girls.

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Alice in Wonderland exhibition in the British Library

To celebrate 150 years of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the British Library in London is holding an exhibition about Lewis Carroll’s story, to explore how Alice has captured our imaginations for so many years.

The exhibition displays Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript with hand-drawn illustrations, alongside editions by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and others. You can also see newly commissioned articles, a selection of manuscripts, reviews and literature relating to Alice in Wonderland, that show how the story has been re-imagined, re-interpreted and re-illustrated over the last 150 years.

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Book review: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” by David Day

The recently published book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland decoded” claims to explain the meaning of the ‘Alice’ story. The author identifies all kinds of hidden references behind the story on many levels, including links to mathematical problems, the classics, and real people that lived in Victorian Oxford.

The premise

Alices-Adventures-in-Wonderland-Decoded-The-Full-Text-of-Lewis-Carrolls-Novel-with-its-Many-Hidden-Meanings-Revealed-0According to author David Day, it is almost impossible that the ‘Alice’ story does not have a deeper meaning. Lewis Carroll was many things: a reverend, a mathematician fond of the subject of logic, schooled in the classics, very critical towards the way dean Liddell was running Christ Church college, and much more. Also, besides the ‘Alice’ books, he published many critical pamphlets and articles with similar underlying references. Therefore, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland must be more than merely a children’s story.

Day argues that the story is centrally:

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Talk: ‘Alice in Waterland’

On 24 November 2015, Mark J. Davies will give an illustrated talk called ‘Alice in Waterland’. It will take place near Oxford, United Kingdom.

The River Thames was fundamentally important in the creation of the famous tales of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. On a Victorian virtual voyage – from the riverside picnic at nearby Godstow where the tale was first told to the last of the many boat outings he made with the real Alice (Liddell) and her sisters – some of the real people, places, and events which underlie the fantasy will be revealed.

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Alice in Wonderland live action movie: behind the scenes

Did you know that before drawing the 1951 cartoon movie ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Walt Disney Studios shot a full length live-action movie, in which voice actress Kathryn Beaumont physically acted out all the scenes?

In this ‘behind the scenes’ movie from Movieclips Extras, you can see fragments of this live-action movie and how it influenced the moves of Alice in the final cartoon movie.

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