Alice looking down the rabbit hole
Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole by Joe RhatiganIve never been a fan of the Alice in Wonderland books. I suppose they were just too odd for my reading tastes when I was younger. While I recognize their timelessness and their impact on our culture, I can remember being puzzled by all the odd characters. Nevertheless, I liked this picture book retelling of Alices adventures when she followed the rabbit into the rabbit hole. From the endpapers depicting all the spots Alice visited to the last pages on which the Cheshire cat can be seen hanging, this book provides a refreshingly bright introduction to the timeless story. The illustrations almost glow and are filled with imaginative renditions of Alice shrinking and growing and all the animals she met on her travels. Had I read this version first, I suspect that I might have enjoyed the books much more.
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the first book on the Pathways Introductory book list. Written by a mathematician who had a lively interest in logic, semantics and philosophy, the story of Alice's fall down the rabbit-hole is packed with intriguing problems. When Alice is puzzled — which is very frequently — you should be too. Enjoy your trip! Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by Sir John Tenniel. Down the Rabbit-Hole.
He appears at the very beginning of the book, in chapter one, wearing a waistcoat , and muttering "Oh dear! Oh dear!
But no evidence exists that supports the idea that Carroll wrote this story under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fact, Carroll invented most of the Alice stories during a boat trip with a friend and the real Alice and her sisters before he ever put her adventures down on paper. He recited the story aloud as the others on the boating party rowed. He was an inventive man, fascinated by mathematics, puzzles, wordplay and games, some of which appear in his books. That is what the story of Alice in Wonderland invites us to be.
Going "down the rabbit hole" has become a common metaphor in popular culture, symbolizing everything from exploring a new world to taking drugs to delving into something unknown. Think The Matrix , for example, where "following the white rabbit" and later choosing the "red pill" starts Neo off on a journey of philosophical realization from which he cannot return. In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , the rabbit hole is the place where it all begins. It's Alice's unthinking decision to follow the White Rabbit that leads to all of her adventures. The pop culture version of this symbol perhaps doesn't take into account the "unthinking" nature of this choice quite enough.
ALICE was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations? So she was considering, in her own mind as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid , whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her. There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late! In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well.