26 June 2015

After Alice; Gregory Maguire

After AliceAfter Alice by Gregory Maguire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I so wanted to love this, but, well... This isn't quite the reimagining of Alice that it could have been. Yes, there's wordplay, and yes, there are appearances by the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Tea Party and other favorites. But there was nothing really new here, just Ada - a neighbor of Alice's who happens to go down the rabbit hole just after Alice must have - and Siam and their interactions with the cast of characters. Unlike Wicked or Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister the new view of the old tale isn't quite as imaginative. Interspersed with this is life in Oxford, where Darwin is visiting Ada's father, along with an American who is Siam's guardian, and Alice's sister and Ada's governess go searching for the missing children. Maybe if Maguire hadn't added the "real world" parts and instead had concentrated on Wonderland it might have been as magically different as his earlier books? If you love his stuff, and loved Alice, though, YMMV.

ARC provided by publisher.

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