Sunday, March 14, 2010

FINISHED READING ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Just finished reading "Alice in Wonderland" & its sequel "Through the looking-glass" by Lewis Carroll... Loved it!

I guess that those who translate these books into other languages must be really skilled since they are packed with witty word play that defies all common sense.

Useless to say - Wonderland is a great source of inspiration for a musical work - my first impression was writing music for a ballet!
Send me an email or post a comment if you can see a specific scene or character you'd like to hear my music for!

All in all, I found they're really entertaining - a good read if your brain works well with imagining odd worlds where anything can happen and where dialogues burst into humorous nonsense. "The Looking-Glass" is especially filled with ridiculous word play that reaches a climax in the final court trial.

It reminded me that people should never judge adults who are "creative" - or even worse: criticize kids who actually USE their imagination, creativity and fantasy... After all, Carroll was 30 when he wrote this story!

And if you think about it, where do all children's silly cartoons & songs come from at the end of the day? The "beautiful" brain of some person with enough creativity to dream up alternative worlds, invent the weirdest characters (think along the lines of Mr. Disney who at age 27 create THE Mouse!) and who make the most original drawings.

(Incidentally, the books are covered by awesome illustrations made by "Sir" John Tenniel - apparently the top illustrator of his day who today is only remembered for - you guessed it! - his 'Alice' artwork. He drew it when he was nearly half a century old!!!)

The books were full of interesting characters, each one wonderfully weird in their own way. Starting of course from Alice herself who "...generally gave herself very good advice though she very seldom followed it) and sometimes scolded herself so severely as to bring tears into her eyes...". All the way down to the eerie Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, proud Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum & Tweedledee and a ton of other ones!

Another interesting point: the stories that we often see in movies & cartoons actually merge characters and plots from both books (Disney's 'Alice' does that too). Which makes me curious to see what Tim Burton comes up with.

All in all, a good read! I'm sure people with more brains that I've got can find hidden meanings in all the characters & story development. I say: It was written for a kid - take it as such & have a good laugh while you read it, perhaps with a cup of tea - you will be attending a Mad Tea Party, after all! :)

QUOTABLE QUOTES
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here"?
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where" said Alice.
"The it doesn't matter which way you go"
(Cheshire Cat to Alice)

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"If everybody minded their own business, the world would go round a deal faster than it does" - The (Duchess to Alice)

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"In our our country, you'd generally get to somewhere else if you ran very fast for a long time, as we've been doing" said Alice.
"A slow sort of country: said the Queen. "Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place! If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"
(Alice & the Queen, after 'running' to nowhere)

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"Life, what is it but a dream"
(The last words of the book)

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