After AliceBook - 2015 | First edition.
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."
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"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
"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.)
In any case, Mrs. Brummidge doesn't read fiction. She hasn't the patience for it.
"Don't take the advice of anyone you meet here. We're all mad."
Cheshire Cat to Ada
"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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