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Review of Alice I Have Been

I've been on quite the Alice in Wonderland binge lately. Over the Christmas break I read the Looking Glass Wars books by Frank Bedder, then more recently saw the new Alice in Wonderland movie. Then.. I picked up Alice I Have Been.

What a breath of fresh air this wa...
I've been on quite the Alice in Wonderland binge lately. Over the Christmas break I read the Looking Glass Wars books by Frank Bedder, then more recently saw the new Alice in Wonderland movie. Then.. I picked up Alice I Have Been.

What a breath of fresh air this was compared to the over saturation of everything else. Instead of exploring more of "Wonderland", Melanie Benjamin gives us a fictional account of the Alice so few of us actually knew, the one living in our world.

Now, with that said I will tell you.. there are some really creepy, really disturbing parts to this book. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was a disturbed individual (as evidenced by the photographs he would take of young girls see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll) I was thoroughly weirded out by the behavior and, honestly, was thankful that Alice in Wonderland is not one of my favorite childhood stories.

Okay, so I said it. It wasn't one of my favorites. Let me warn you before you pick up this book - if Alice in Wonderland IS one of your favorite stories it's very possible that reading this fictional book (even with the inspiration it takes from reality) will affect your view of Alice in Wonderland. It has affected mine. I intend to do a bit more reading, but regardless.. my view of Alice has been altered.

The story is interesting, I loved how Melanie Benjamin did not hesitate to give us a real picture of what Alice's life might have been like. I loved the fictional retelling of a real-life meeting between Alice and Peter Llewelyn Davies (Yes.. that Peter Pan). There were quite a few things I loved about this book and I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it, aside from what I stated above.

posted by Benz1966 on March 29, 2010

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

slow, but an interesting read

With the release of the new Alice movie and all of the promotion of Alice in Wonderland, I couldn't help but get caught up in the Alice hysteria. I realized that I had never read Alice in Wonderland, despite all the reading that I did as a child. I quickly read Alice ...
With the release of the new Alice movie and all of the promotion of Alice in Wonderland, I couldn't help but get caught up in the Alice hysteria. I realized that I had never read Alice in Wonderland, despite all the reading that I did as a child. I quickly read Alice and Wonderland, followed by Alice I have been. Alice I have been is a fictional story written about the real life girl that inspired Alice in Wonderland. It was an interesting storyline, although a bit slow at times.

I guess one of the biggest problems about reading a book that trys to tell the 'real life' story behind a fantastical character is that it cannot be near as enchanting. In fact the storyline behind this book is sad and depressing. Nonetheless, it is a good rainy day read and a refreshing perspective on the childhood classic Alice and Wonderland.

posted by child_at_heart on April 9, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    interesting

    an easy read, interesting take on subject

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Is this the REAL Alice?

    With the release of the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, once again the question occurs was there really an Alice upon whom the story is based? The author has well researched the Alice in the story and embellished it with other possibilities. Much is left to the reader's imagination about the nature of Lewis Carrol. This makes for interesting reading, but this is also a book that is easily laid down, not one that stimulates the reader to read on at a rapid pace.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    slow, but an interesting read

    With the release of the new Alice movie and all of the promotion of Alice in Wonderland, I couldn't help but get caught up in the Alice hysteria. I realized that I had never read Alice in Wonderland, despite all the reading that I did as a child. I quickly read Alice and Wonderland, followed by Alice I have been. Alice I have been is a fictional story written about the real life girl that inspired Alice in Wonderland. It was an interesting storyline, although a bit slow at times.

    I guess one of the biggest problems about reading a book that trys to tell the 'real life' story behind a fantastical character is that it cannot be near as enchanting. In fact the storyline behind this book is sad and depressing. Nonetheless, it is a good rainy day read and a refreshing perspective on the childhood classic Alice and Wonderland.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I thoroughly enjoyed Melanie Benajmins other book - The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb and didnt think it could get any better.........but it did. This insight into the life of the "real" Alice in Wonderland was amazing. PLEASE read to the very, very end to understand the moral dilemma she faced when writing this novel.

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