Alice in a World of Wonderlands

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, a book has been compiled about all translations ever made worldwide. It is called “Alice in World of Wonderlands” and is now available.

Alice in a World of WonderlandsThis extensive book consists of three volumes.

In part 1, you can find essays about how translators from each country struggled with translating both Alice stories to their own language.

In the second part you can find back-translations of a certain passage from the Mad Tea Party chapter. By translating the translations back to English, you can determine how much of the original passage has remained intact, and what puns or other aspects were lost in translation.

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150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Today it is exactly 150 years ago that the first edition of the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was printed! To celebrate this anniversary, many Alice in Wonderland themed events are being organized, all over the world.

Want to join? At this site you can find a list of all known Alice in Wonderland events:

If you know about other events, do send them in!

Book review: “Off with her heart”, by Amy Dale

I was asked to review the book “Off with her heart”, by Amy Dale. Below you can read my opinion about it.

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“Off with her heart” revolves around a bookish young girl named Katy, who fails to receive any love from her parents and feels very different and misunderstood. By accident, she enters Wonderland, and becomes the Queen of Hearts.

With this angle, Dale has succeeded in taking a special approach to the books we know so well. Instead of the tired concept of ‘Alice returns to Wonderland once more’, she makes us see Wonderland through the eyes of the Queen of Hearts, who actually is not as bad as we all knew her to be.

Admittedly, this concept of ‘viewing the story through the eyes of another character’ is not new. It’s been done several times before, like “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” is the story of the not-really-that-wicked Witch of the West and how she came to be like that. In that story, the original main character (Dorothy) is just ‘passing by’.

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