- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 27, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014I4DHX0
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The book is plodding a first and in some ways down right dull. There are some real groaners on "puns"; the attempts to bring in famous references from "Alice" seem forced - particularly odd moments of randomly bringing "it's not like a raven or a writing desk". However, about the middle, the book really picks up in interest, pace, and thoughtful word play. The analogy between Oxford and Wonderland never really works for me but the analysis of 1860's Oxford is interesting. There are some very intuitive and beautifully written insights as to the impact of Darwin on Victorian culture, et. al. The ending is surprising and delightful. In short, the book is well worth reading and I highly recommend it.
I’ve read most of his later works, and they’ve been a mixed bag: “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel” (a take on Cinderella) and “Mirror, Mirror” (Snow White) were quite good; others, not as successful. The later Oz books just seemed forced, and “Lost: A Novel” was just a hot mess mash-up of too many characters from too many different totally unrelated stories.
This one is somewhere in between. This time out, he stays more or less with one story line: when Alice went down the rabbit hole, what did the people who knew her DO? I’ll admit to being a HUGE fan of Lewis Carroll’s work (as a composer, I’ve set a couple of his poems to music for choir), and Carroll has a particular style and rhythm to his writing. Maguire has clearly made an attempt to emulate that style as much as possible with witty prose, his choice of language, and rather creative plot twists. You don’t just skim this; you really do have to read it in order to get the story Maguire is telling.
The story itself centers around Ada, Alice friend, and Lydia, Alice’s sister, and their efforts both below ground (Ada’s story) and above ground (Lydia) to find the missing Alice. Maguire spends almost no time at all talking about Alice — we all know her story — so we get an alternating “above ground” and “below ground” account of what is going on, including many references to the surrounding physical environment of Oxford and the people and things that were important at the time (Darwin, Debussy, etc.). Maguire does wrap it up at the end, where the two worlds connect, but until then, we get what is actually two stories (three if you count the original Lewis Carroll work).
I liked this more than I disliked it. I did find it a little slow going at times, but I truly loved the style of writing. Maguire doesn’t exactly nail the Lewis Carroll style, but he comes pretty darned close.
A solid 4 stars from me.