Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Alice I Have Been

Muse in the Fog has a review of the novel about the real Alice in Wonderland, Alice I Have Been.
But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.


Leslie Carroll said...

I am so eager to read this book. I've been fascinated by all the "what ifs" behind Lewis Carroll's stories ever since I saw an exhibit of his photographs (and other Liddell memorabilia) at the Morgan Library several years ago.

elena maria vidal said...

I, too, Leslie, am looking forward to reading it. I read the Alice stories over and over again as a child and loved them so.

Unknown said...

I have just purchased this book and looking forward to the story it will reveal. I was wandering around a bookstore aimlessly and this book caught my eye.