After Alice

After Alice

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis's Carroll's beloved classic.

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?

In this brilliant work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings--and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll's enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice's mentioned briefly in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late--and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is "After Alice."

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780060548957
0060548959
Branch Call Number: FIC Magui
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm

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libraryvol
May 06, 2020

"Let me put it more scientifically. If separate species develop skills that help them survive, and if those attributes are favored which best benefit the individual and its native population, to what possible end might we suppose has arisen, Mr. Winter, that particular capacity of the human being known as the imagination?"

said by Mr. Darwin. Last sentences of the book

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libraryvol
May 06, 2020

pg 233
"Hold on to her, Mr. Clowd." ... "Hold on to them both. In time you'll find children the greatest comfort you can imagine. Indeed, they prove to be the only possible distraction from the unanswerable question of why."

Mr. Darwin (yes Charles Darwin , as an old scholar, after his voyage on the Beagle to Mr. Clowd, Alice's father. Alice has been missing the entire book so far.)

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libraryvol
May 05, 2020

pg 174
In any case, Mrs. Brummidge doesn't read fiction. She hasn't the patience for it.

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libraryvol
May 03, 2020

p 75
"Don't take the advice of anyone you meet here. We're all mad."

Cheshire Cat to Ada

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libraryvol
May 03, 2020

p 19

"You know our Alice. She plays hide-and-seek but sometimes forgets to ask someone to look for her."

said my her older sister Lydia (15 yrs old) to Alice's friend Ada (10 yrs old).

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libraryvol
May 03, 2020

CHAPTER 2
Alice is missing."
A sigh, a clink of porcelain on porcelain. "Again?"

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libraryvol
May 03, 2020

I'm glad that I bought my own hard cover edition. Gregory Maguire signed it in person at Campaign IL library 11/6/2017.

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vbagnole
Jan 03, 2019

This is a quick read and worth picking up if you enjoy the Alice in Wonderland story. It is certainly not my favorite novel by Maguire but it had some enjoyable moments.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 23, 2016

Gregory Maguire seemed to have fun with this one. It was fast paced and enjoyable, and should have taken me twice as long if I had read it like I should, pausing to research all the references to Shakespeare, Oxford, and Darwinism I only half recalled.
Loved his references to Alice's giant forehead. Loved his take on Alice in general.

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Charlie68
Apr 11, 2016

I really liked this addendum to the Alice books. By turns comedic and with deep pathos the author keeps the reader entertained.

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nsteeves
Aug 29, 2015

Gregory Maguire’s After Alice is a timely revisiting of Lewis Carroll’s stories – Alice just had her 150th anniversary (http://www.chipublib.org/blogs/post/alices-150-years-in-wonderland/). Like most of his work – Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Mirror Mirror – After Alice reinvents a beloved children’s story and gives it more flesh-and-bone historical context, as well as diving into his characters’ motivations and desires in a complex, adult way. Unlike those previous novels, though, Maguire focuses not on Alice herself but her family and neighbors back in Oxford, some of whom take their own trips down the rabbit hole, while others are aboveground grieving the loss of a mother and coping with family friend Charles Darwin’s views that make an afterlife with her seem impossible. Not all of the characters are compelling – longwinded scenes with household staff and an undeveloped American visitor fall flat – but the Wonderland adventures are pitch-perfect tributes to Carroll’s wordplay, and Maguire outdoes himself with Alice’s hydrocephalic, adolescent sister Lydia, whose capricious misdeeds and naïve understanding of them rival the sharpest insights into the teen mind of the best YA literature. Alice fans and Maguire readers alike will find much to enjoy.

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