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After Alice Kindle Edition
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Down the rabbit-hole, where adventures await . . .
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.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
Continuing his tradition of rewriting fairy tales with an arch eye and offbeat point of view, Maguire turns his attention to Lewis Carroll and Alice s Adventures in Wonderland. . . . A brilliant and nicely off-kilter reading of the children s classic, retrofitted for grown-upsand a lot of fun. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
[Maguire s] playful vocabulary may be Carroll-esque, but his keen wit is closer to Monty Python, with a fine, unforced sense of play his erudition is a joy, his sense of fun infectious. --Joe Hill, "New York Times Book Review""
Maguire firmly sets Wonderland in time and place and weaves an intricate web of symbolism and allegory The novel is full of the magic, wonder, and fresh twists that his fans have come to expect, and Maguire-and Wonderland-lovers alike will enjoy this fantastic return. --Booklist (starred review)"
In one vexing day, Ada, Lydia, and Miss Armstrong must adapt to deal with their circumstances and find new facets of themselves. Maguire fans should be pleased with his take, at turns clever and philosophical, on the Lewis Carroll classic. --Library Journal"
The author of "Wicked," the beloved retelling of the "Wizard of Oz," has done it again. In honor of Alice and Wonderland s 150th anniversary, Gregory Maguire is offering a new perspective on the classic tale We guarantee you ve never imagined Alice and Wonderland quite like this. --InStyle (Book Club Selection)"
Through means of jokes, puns, and slightly scandalous ditties, combined with the elevated vocabulary that was very common in Victorian literature, Maguire evokes both the time period and Carroll himself this book is a wonderful companion to Lewis Carroll s classic tales. --New York Journal of Books"
AFTER ALICE will inspire readers to think anew about both historical realities and classic fantasies. --Bookreporter.com"
Maguire plays with the ancient archetypes at work in Wonderland while injecting them with fresh perspective. --Entertainment Weekly"
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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00U5F7VRU
- Publisher : Voyager (1 October 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 745 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 483,237 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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 21 November 2020