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After Alice

por Gregory Maguire

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From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis's Carroll's beloved classic.

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 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. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is "After Alice.… (mais)

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Lots of unnecessary words which made this really long, boring, and cumbersome. Tried to get into it and found so few parts interesting, I gave up.

On to something more worthwhile. ( )
  MahanaU | Nov 21, 2023 |
Well, this one was a flop. It was just OK. I was going to give 3 stars, but then the ending, ugh. 2 stars it is. ( )
  DominiqueMarie | Oct 22, 2023 |
Sublimely lovely! Chapter 25 is a masterpiece. Maquire's expert use of language shines through each and every enlightening pun. ( )
  AmandaPelon | Aug 26, 2023 |
Reading other reviews one has to agree that Gregory has a penchant for using words that are far too big and little used. But then i think one is maybe missing the point...

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland were very much books of the Victorian age and Gregory's writing in his spin offs from both simply tends to keep with the language of that age and the words used - he is, after all, a Victorian spin off specialist so why be surprised at the Victorian use of words in his writing? I would definitely say that all the words i had to quickly look up on my Kindle were Victorian throw backs and to be quite honest they didn't detract from Ada's story at all for me. If anything, they brought a genuineness to Ada's story in the they kept with the upper middle class Victorian world in which this is set.

And i also find it nice to learn a few new (old and forgotten) words to baffle people with. Pompous as accused by curmudgeons or simply having fun with language?

There are certainly worse writers out there for using overblown language, and they have no excuse at all for doing so as they are writing contemporary fiction, not Victorian spin offs.

If you can't be bothered with a little, Victorian style language then maybe this book isn't for you. But if you can just accept it's there for a valid reason and deal with it accordingly and enjoy expanding your vocabulary a little along the way then you're in for a good yarn.

I read this immediately after reading the original 4 books on Wonderland and i felt it flowed really well from those.

Although, unlike the original Alice books this book is certainly not for young children. It's definitely aimed at a more mature audience - those who enjoyed Alice in their childhood who would like to revisit Wonderland as late teens and adults perhaps.

The story does end with several loose ends, which i hope means Gregory will be coming back to Wonderland in the future to finish these loose ends off.

I for one enjoy Gregory's writing and will always be a fan of his books. ( )
  5t4n5 | Aug 9, 2023 |
I'm not sure what I was expecting but this wasn't it.

I much preferred Gilbert Adair's Alice pastiche "Alice Through the Needle's Eye." ( )
  livre-liebe | Aug 8, 2022 |
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Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking: 'Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!' And she began thinking over all the children she knew that were of the same age as herself, to see if she could have been changed for any of them.

'I'm sure I'm not Ada,' she said, 'for her hair goes in such long ringlets, and mine doesn't go in ringlets at all; and I'm sure I can't be Mabel, for I know all sorts of things, and she, oh! she knows such a very little! Besides, she's she, and I'm I, and—oh dear, how puzzling it all is!...'

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From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis's Carroll's beloved classic.

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 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. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is "After Alice.

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