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After Alice: A Novel Paperback – July 5, 2016
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“AFTER ALICE will inspire readers to think anew about both historical realities and classic fantasies.” -- Bookreporter.com
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“Maguire’s style takes on an almost lyrical quality. In After Alice Maguire masterfully mimics the quick, witty, and often nonsensical dialogue of Carroll’s original story.” -- Manhattan Book Review
“[S]tunningly clever in its conflation of fairy tales, the mix and match of characters, woven throughout with references to philosophical ideas, the social issues of the day, and attitudes of the time…Maguire impressively channels Carroll’s penchant for humorous wordplay, literary nonsense, and logic games.” -- Boston Globe
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From the Back Cover
The multimillion-copy bestselling author of Wicked offers a magical new twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?
In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend but arrives a moment too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the bloodthirsty Queen of Hearts—droll and imperious as always—interrupt their mad tea party to suggest a conundrum: If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or if Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. In any case, everything that happens next is After Alice.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (July 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060859741
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060859749
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.68 x 5.31 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #437,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I really wanted to like this book. But it defeated me.
The book is plodding a first and in some ways down right dull. There are some real groaners on "puns"; the attempts to bring in famous references from "Alice" seem forced - particularly odd moments of randomly bringing "it's not like a raven or a writing desk". However, about the middle, the book really picks up in interest, pace, and thoughtful word play. The analogy between Oxford and Wonderland never really works for me but the analysis of 1860's Oxford is interesting. There are some very intuitive and beautifully written insights as to the impact of Darwin on Victorian culture, et. al. The ending is surprising and delightful. In short, the book is well worth reading and I highly recommend it.
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While this book was funny in places and whimsical in a very similar style to the Lewis Carroll classic, I felt that this novel tried too hard to emanate and not enough to create. While aspects of the book were very interesting, the plot seemed to plod along, as if it didn't really know where it was going. The ending was sudden and to be honest didn't leave me with many thoughts in my head other than 'on to the next book!'
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2020