This is just a short post today, due to a short book. I promise I am still plugging away at Ulysses!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Where did I get this book and how many pages?
I had both a digital copy and a physical copy of this book. The physical copy was bought long enough ago that I honestly cannot remember where it came from, and the digital copy was a part of a free book app I have on my ipad with a very large number of classic books. I realized shortly after I started reading that the beginning of the two copies was slightly different. Further investigation led me to realize that the book I had was ‘condensed and adapted’ whatever that means. Instead I read the digital copy, which, with illustrations removed was only 41 pages.
I’m not sure what was intended when this book was placed on the list. The listed book is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Maybe it is implied that a person would read the entire collection, and maybe I should have done that before counting it as done. I chose to do just what was written on the list, but it kind of feels too short.
Have I read this book before?
Yes. I was pretty sure when I started, but wasn’t completely sure when I had read it before.
What did I think?
It was all right. I have not read the entire series, so I obviously did not enjoy it enough to continue on.
What do I think now?
It’s still all right. Alice has a wonderful and weird little trip down a rabbit hole. It’s silly, and ridiculous, and fun. In spite of being a short book, it has it’s quotable moments.
Should you read this book before you die?
This is hard one to determine. There is nothing that stands out in this book for me. There is no big lesson to be learned, no life changing takeaway that I noticed. It’s just a silly little story. Maybe that is the reason to read this book. Not everything you read needs to change your life. Sometimes it is enough for a book to make you smile. I think the greatest reason to read this book before you die is simply because there is no reason not to.
As promised, I am still working on Ulysses. I don’t want to give too much as to why it is taking so long here, when there will be a post coming soon. Hopefully really soon. I mean this one is taking a ridiculously long time.
As I continue on my quest of dual reading, I will also be starting on Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. I thought about saving this until a little closer to Halloween, but well, I want to read it now instead. The weather has been cool, and it just feels right.
I hope a few of you are reading along, or at least considering if you should include a few of these books in your life. I am a firm believer in copious reading, no matter what book is chosen!