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Darcy in Wonderland Paperback – July 21, 2017
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About the Author
A devoted reader of Jane Austen since her childhood, Alexa Adams is the author of Darcy in Wonderland, The Madness of Mr. Darcy, Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice (First Impressions, Second Glances, and Holidays at Pemberley), Emma & Elton: Something Truly Horrid, Jane & Bingley: Something Slightly Unsettling, Becoming Mrs. Norris, and the short story collection And Who Can be in Doubt of What Followed?: The Novels of Jane Austen Continued. Alexa is an American expat living in Switzerland with her husband and daughter. She blogs about Austen and Austenesque literature at alexaadams.blogspot.com and is a contributing member of AustenAuthors.net.
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Bennet – the oldest and only son, unhappy at Cambridge, reserved as his Father had been, befriended by those who have sisters (although no one has more sisters than he!)
Eleanor (Ellie) – planning her birthday ball, ready for her come-out, dreading Lady Catherine’s “help” during the season
Helen and Rose – the twins, home from school, Rose (Rolie to Alice) is her youngest sister’s special friend
Cassandra (Cassie) – able to influence her governess to re-read “Kenilworth” instead of attending to more serious studies
Alice – the youngest, the “creative” child, the child ready to try everything (including her Father’s brandy which thankfully she didn’t like; unfortunately she preferred the port)
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. ~Author Unknown
The adventures in Wonderland were wonderful but my favorite parts were the family times: the children’s squabbles at table, their reactions to Aunt Catherine’s early arrival and their parents’ efforts to moderate and discipline. One Big Happy Family!
And especially Alice who was constitutionally unable to keep quiet:
“I am truly sorry, Aunt Catherine,” Alice quickly followed.
“You have ruined my gown!”
“If it makes you feel better,” Alice continued hopefully, “I don’t think the color becomes you at all.”
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Quote from the book: It is an oddity of the gregarious child that they will at times grow suddenly and uncharacteristically quiet. This usually means that they wish not to be observed and most certainly ought to be.
Alice is “punished” for rudeness to Lady Catherine by remaining home from a family visit to the Bingleys. Her Father “sacrifices” his time with his Aunt to stay home to oversee the youngest in her lessons. Alice sees a White Rabbit with a Pocket Watch and chases it down a hole with her Father close behind. Thus begins the adventures in Wonderland.
Oddly, some of the residents of Wonderland put us in mind of residents of Hertfordshire!
Whether you’re a fan of Jane Austen or Lewis Carroll or possibly both, you will love this tale.
Some stories are true that never happened. ~Elie Weisel
It's almost as much fun to read what comes BEFORE the two go chasing down the rabbit hole. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy have been married for many years now and have spawned quite a brood of children. Bennet, the heir and their first born, is home from Cambridge to attend the coming out ball for the eldest of his sisters, Eleanor (Ellie). Rose and Helen return from finishing school for the event, too. Cassandra continues to receive instruction from her governess, who she convinces to allow her to study Sir Walter Scott's Kenilworth repeatedly rather than other, less favored parts of her curriculum.
Alice, the youngest, is a darling, precocious child, though her brothers and sisters (aside from her favorite, Rose) don't tend to view her that way. Her pretend-play, starting with an invisible troll demanding a password to enter her father's study, perfectly captures the imaginative mind of a child. The bickering among the siblings is delightfully realistic, as are the conversations between their parents about their concerns for their offspring.
Wonderland has many recognizable characters, starting with the White Rabbit and then a stream of others including the Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter, the dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Duchess, her cook, and the Red King and Queen. Darcy persists in attempting logical conversation from these maniacal creatures, while Alice often responds with similarly absurd comments and questions, much to her father's frustration. The rhymes interspersed within the story sometimes contain references to events in Pride and Prejudice, but the contents are frightfully jumbled, just as those in Lewis Carroll's creation.
I found this a delightful departure from "traditional" JAFF (if there is such a thing)!
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Once again, author Alexa Adams has forged a new path and given us a story that defies the convention of Jane Austen variations and continuations.Read more