Monday, March 22, 2010

through the, dark, looking-glass: a review of alice i have been by melanie benjamin

A timely release, considering Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin is a fascinating look at the little girl who was the source of the imaginary child, and what became of her as she grew to womanhood.
Alice I Have Been is written from the perspective of the original "Alice"; Alice Liddle. Adding depth to the book are the tantalising rumours and stories about the break in the relationship between Alice's family and the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson — Lewis Carroll's real name — is well known. What really happened, however, remains unclear but Benjamin's book offers one possible senario. 
This is an interesting version of the mythology about the genesis of one of the English-speaking world's most popular children's stories. It both adds to, and detracts from, our understanding of Alice in Wonderland.

Read the complete review: Through the dark looking-glass


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