Blog Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland book review

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland book review

Posted Dec. 10, 2018, 8:48 a.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Undead

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Prince University Press

 

Toward the end of the nineteenth century, a Victorian algebraist wrote a fairy tale the influence and standing of which would only enhance in the years to come, which is partly due to the underpinning, subtle merging of philosophical, scientific and artistic components.

The result was the creation of a masterpiece based on an unheard of, not only genre pushing but forming unique melange.

As time and reissue after reissue went by, publishers looked at different avenues of making the book appealing to fans and the uninitiated alike: Commissioning the services of the spearhead of the surrealist movement, i.e. Salvador Dali, was a smart move of the publishers as Dali’s input helped not only to make the book contemporary but to elevate Carroll’s emission by adding yet another psychedelic dimension.

The resulting collaboration quickly became a much sought-after collector’s piece, which has been recently re-released a couple of years ago to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s first release.

Scholarly introductions point out the similarities between Carroll’s and Dali’s approaches, which is well-intended, yet I find the juxtaposition and the contrasts between both more striking and enjoyable than commonly shared ground.

The book is, well, as you would expect - eye candy with its beautifully illustrated fantastic imaginations framing a story that needs no further introduction with its trademark clever humour, neologisms, psychedelic excursions, word play and at time non-sensical yet always eccentric characters.

A classic that is further enhanced by the talents of two maestros being fused and a beautiful addition to any bookshelf, which firmly grounds Victorian fantasy in a surreal world and could not have asked for a better collaboration.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Vogue X Music book review

Posted by T
April 16, 2021, 9:18 p.m.

Vogue X Music Vogue Magazine   To say it with the words of the ever so eloquently Marge: “…Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean on ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Hops to Home

Posted by T
April 10, 2021, 11:43 a.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Hops to Home   Subscription services can be hit and miss – specifically when it comes to libations. However, beer clubs with subscription models ... read more

Mike Parr: Performances 1971-2008 book review

Posted by T
April 9, 2021, 6:44 p.m.

Mike Parr: Performances 1971 - 2008 Black Inc. Publishing   Mike Parr’s shadow looms large, both on international terrain but specifically on terra australis. Having emerged on his artistic mission ... read more

Water of Life – Souwester Spirits

Posted by T
April 3, 2021, 8:50 p.m.

Water of Life – Souwester Spirits   Souwester Spirits intrigued me from the moment I learned about both – the fact that it is located in the Southern corner of ... read more

The Formative Years - Muzak

Posted by T
March 29, 2021, 1:27 p.m.

The Formative Years - Muzak  Experimental, EDM, music that evokes a bodily reaction and noise music along with the underground cultures and aesthetics have always fascinated me – an interest ... read more

Advertisement
Spacecase Records - skyscraper
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.