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“I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date!” - The White Rabbit, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
We’ve all said this right? We all know the book it’s from, but how much do we actually know about the origin? For me this book is where the love of classics started…… a magical, emotional, and expensive hobby.
My bestie got me this book for my 30th birthday. She whisked me away to Birmingham and we did our usual trip around Waterstones. When she gave me this book, I don’t think either of us fully understood what would happen. I don't think she even realised that this was the last film me and my sister watched before she passed, which gave me more comfort than words can describe.
As I sat feeling lonely and going through various emotions that evening, I put my daughter to bed and picked up this book just as a way to slow my thoughts down and stop the frequent waves of emotions that overtook me daily. I instantly got sucked into Alice’s world; I escaped my reality and went on a journey that stays with me to this day. Whilst reading there were pieces of my childhood that came together - the queen of hearts, flamingos, the mad hatter - memories I didn’t know I had of the films and books came back to me, and this today provides me with instant comfort.
This book is so beautifully written and has lasted through time; some books you read and enjoy, but Alice is a work of art that is timeless. It is a gift that keeps on giving, and with each reread there is something I am just discovering and I question how I missed it. Each character is relatable and depending on my mood I feel like there is a part of me in each lovable character.
Not only has this book given me joy but it has also inspired me to read other classics. It has become a life mission to read more classics that we all know of, but are unaware of the beauty of reading the story. I was naively under the assumption that classic books would be difficult to read, that I would really need to concentrate and google the words - how wrong I was and how shocked I was at how easy it was to read!
I highly recommend Alice as a first step to reading classical books, several classics later and this remains my firm favourite. But be warned - once reading this you will see parts of Alice and her wonderland in places you never noticed before…
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Thomas Miller’s “John’s Adventures - A Tale of Old England”, written in 1897, follows young John’s adventures in a rural setting. He loses his way through woodlands, meets very suspicious people, and finds himself living in the wild, hoping to be reunited with his family.
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