After Alice (Hardback)
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After Alice (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 27/10/2015
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From the bestselling author of WICKED...

When Alice fell down the rabbit-hole, she found Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But how did Victorian Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?

Gregory Maguire turns his 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 mentioned briefly in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sets out to visit Alice but, arriving a moment too late, 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 bring her safely home from this surreal world below the world. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the bloodthirsty Queen of Hearts interrupt their mad tea party to suggest a conundrum: if Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or if Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life.

Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472230430
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 245 x 175 x 25 mm


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Alice doesn't live here anymore-and Maguire has great fun upending the furniture to find out where she's gone. Continuing his tradition of rewriting fairy tales with an arch eye and offbeat point of view, Maguire turns his attention to Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland... A brilliant and nicely off-kilter reading of the children's classic, retrofitted for grown-ups-and a lot of fun * Kirkus (starred review) *
Thoughtful and disconcertingly memorable... This is a feast for the mind, and readers will ruminate on it long after turning the last page * Publishers Weekly (starred review) *
Maguire effortlessly leaps between the absurd illusions of Wonderland and the building suspense of the search for the children in antique Oxford... [He] closes in on some big, haunting ideas himself, about the loss of loved ones and religious faith, about cultural and romantic subjugations, and about the evolutionary value of imagination... [A] harvest of delightfully stated observations, [confronting] weighty themes with a light touch and exquisite, lovely language. [Maguire's] playful vocabulary may be -Carroll-esque, but his keen wit is closer to Monty Python, with a fine, unforced sense of play... his erudition is a joy, his sense of fun infectious * New York Times Book Review *
Maguire conjures up a vision of Victorian England that ranges across its stuffiness, its snobbery and its cruelties * SFX Magazine *

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“A re-imagining of the classic story which lacks focus”

We all know what happened to Alice after she followed The White Rabbit and tumbled into Wonderland, but what about the people she left behind? After Alice tells the story of Alice's sister, who is the first to... More

Paperback edition
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“Wonderland through another's eyes”

I rather liked this one, and I'll be honest I really didn't expect to as the Lewis Carroll's original is so very dear to my heart. I found Ada to be a superb character, worthy to follow in Alice's... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 47

“after alice”

Definately worth a read, though it is a little bit of a strange way of looking at the story of alice in wonderland through the eyes of her friend Ada.

Paperback edition
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