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After Alice by Gregory Maguire

After Alice

Why you should read this book:

If you’re a fan of fairytales and have always wondered about whether Alice was the only person to visit Wonderland, then this book is for you. After Alice by Gregory Maguire is Adventures of Alice in Wonderland written from the perspective of Alice’s neighbour Ada, giving new life to this beloved tale. Written in complex, colourful language, this novel is both a challenge and a delight to read.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • Fairytales annoy you.
  • You prefer straightforward, clear writing.
  • Alice in Wonderland has always frustrated you.
  • You’re not a fan of 19th-century literature.

What After Alice by Gregory Maguire is about:

Ada escapes her governess and goes gambolling about on her own. She’s supposed to deliver a jar of marmalade to Alice’s house, but while hiding from her governess, she falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland. As she adventures through this strange and ever-changing land, her governess and Alice’s sister are searching for her and Alice everywhere. Alice’s sister, however, is more concerned with her father’s visitors, Charles Darwin and his friend Mr. Josiah, and Mr. Josiah’s young companion Siam, a former slave. The longer Ada and Alice remain missing, the more apprehensive Ada’s governess becomes. Meanwhile, Ada searches for a way to return home, but Wonderland doesn’t relinquish its guests very easily.

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