After Alice

After Alice

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"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, underpinningsand 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 lateand 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.".
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060548957
Branch Call Number: FANT Maguire G
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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.

Aug 29, 2015

Gregory Maguire’s After Alice is a timely revisiting of Lewis Carroll’s stories – Alice just had her 150th anniversary ( 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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