Alice Through the Needle's Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll's Alice

Alice Through the Needle's Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll's Alice☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ Alice Through the Needle's Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll's Alice By Gilbert Adair ✓ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Alice is trying to thread a needle by the fire on a snowy afternoon, when she finds herself in an alphabetical land populated by Siamese Twin Cats joined at the tail , the Welsh Rabbit with his toaste Alice is trying to thread a needle the Needle's ePUB ✓ by the fire on a snowy afternoon, when she finds herself in an alphabetical land populated by Siamese Twin Cats joined at the tail , the Welsh Rabbit with his toasted cheese , the Kangaroo, the spelling Alice Through PDF/EPUB or bees, the Italian Hairdresser who uses a small crocodile as a pair of scissors, Jack and Jill, and best of all, the Grampus. I Did It for A Dare To attempt a sequel to Lewis Carroll sAlice in Wonderlandseries raises reader expectations on at least two levels.Firstly, the originals are so well known and well loved, not to mention extraordinarily well written, that readers will approach the sequel with a degree of scepticism, and preciousness about the originals.Secondly, such a project is likely only to attract an author whose chops are already pretty good, so their own reputation as a writer will be underscr I Did It for A Dare To attempt a sequel to Lewis Carroll sAlice in Wonderlandseries raises reader expectations on at least two levels.Firstly, the originals are so well known and well loved, not to mention extraordinarily well written, that readers will approach the sequel with a degree of scepticism, and preciousness about the originals.Secondly, such a project is likely only to attract an author whose chops are already pretty good, so their own reputation as a writer will be underscrutiny than ever.The Alice series is one of my favourite pieces of thinking and writing It invites parody and pastiche Gilbert Adair is also a writer I think highly of and one of the few I would have expected to be up to the task.As in the original books, Alice arrives in an uncertain world and encounters the unfamiliar, as well as the linguistic building blocks of the familiar And it s all written down for the benefit of other children The primary audience for this novel still seems to be children For all the imagination on display, I came away with a sense of disappointment, of being let down.Transitional MetaphorsAdair managed to create a transition between two worlds worthy of his model However, his parallel world doesn t have the same imaginative and visual appeal as that of Carroll s, and this lets the story down in the middle after its strong start.Carroll s own transition mechanisms down the rabbit hole, and through the looking glass are so evocative that they have become metaphors in their own right.Adair takes an existing Biblical metaphor through the eye of a needle and repurposes it to good effect.Alice enters the parallel world by falling through the eye of a needle, while she is sewing i.e., attempting to thread the needle.Connected with LettersAdair then turns theeyeinto anI , and no sooner have we arrived in the other world than we are exploring the letters of the alphabet Alice says in the penultimate chapterAll the things which have happened to me today seem to have been connected with letters in some way Alice s fall to Earth is broken by a haystack,correctly described as an A stack.Alice assumes that the needle has also come to Earth by passing through its own eyelike a serpent swallowing its tailShe proceeds to look for the eye or theIof her needle, in the A stack.Hence, to paraphrase the Biblical expression, it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than to find the I of a needle in an A stack.Drawing the Short StrawInstead, in the A stack, she finds a Country Mouse, which hadrecently been sucking on a short straw, which the chattering of its teeth was now causing to swing up and down in a comical mannerAlice thinks of it as the last straw, whereas I wondered whether the mouse might have been artistic and might havejust drawn the short strawThis is the style of infectious verbal humour used by both Lewis Carroll and Gilbert Adair.Capital A sAlice then discovers that all of the hay is in the shape of Capital A s and the mouse reveals thatit s best to make A s while the sun shines There s much ado about thesilent aitchinhaystackand other words likehadandhoped.Meanwhile Alice is surrounded by bees, whose job she thinks is to collect pollen from flowers However, the mouse reveals that it is to collect letters to spell out wordsThat s why they re called spelling bees The mouse also points out thatthere ain t no i in needle Characters of the AlphabetNext, Alice meets two Siamese Twin Cats named Ping and Pang, who are, quite logically, joined at the tail.They recite a poem calledThe Sands of Dee , thus completing the first four letters of the alphabet.Soon it startsraining kittens and puppies, but they ll turn to cats and dogs soon enough After some wordplay about camels, Alice spots an elephant that had been frightened by the mouse.Together they go to Hide and Seek Park to hear the Election speeches Here, they find a fast talking EmuIt s got Emu written all over itas is evidenced by the illustration , as well as a Grampus in academic gown, and a moustachioed Italian hairdresser who uses a crocodile for a pair of scissors.The Emu stands for everything beginning with anFe.g., freedom, facts, fair play, fairyland, faith, Father Christmas, the fat of the land, festivities, foreign affairs, forgiving and forgetting, fruit cake and fun.Adair s poetry is a lot of fun throughout, including the Emu s poem about FOh, f s the only letterThe world can count upon For, without f s, there d be no if s,And dreams would end anon AnonymouseAlice and the Emu then argue about who Anon is and whether it is the author of the poem The Country Mouse claims credit, because it believes it stands for Anonymouse.In the next scene, the Grampus is revealed to be very absent mindedI sometimes forget I am absent minded, and remember everything Alice asks,Then I suppose the first thing you remember is your own absent mindedness The Grampus replies,Exactly so, which means that I forget everything all over again So I decided to write the story of my life, in advance, so that I could live it out afterwards This way, I am sure to remember There follows a discussion of Snakes and Ladders and Auto Biographies and trains and shortcuts and tunnels and surprises and brigands on the platform.Well MeantWell,said the Grampus, smiling with condescension at Alice,that went off quite satisfactorily, I think I only meantAlice began to sayDon t meanthe Grampus roared at herThink, speak, mention, assert, deliberate, declare even opine, if you will but never, never mean Why, the world would be in a fine stew if just anybody felt free to mean, where and when they pleased But dictionaries are full of meanings,objected AliceFull of meanings, perhaps, but empty of meaning,said the GrampusAnd the reason for that is, that the best meanings ca n t ever be written down, that s how precious they are Broken CrownNext, Alice meets Jack and Jill up the hillwell, it was a very little one indeed not muchthan a mound really Alice doesn t know what to make of Jack s broken crownPerhaps he s a young Prince in disguise in unfancy dress, I imagine you would call it, since Royalty are in real fancy dress every day of the week Jack explains that it meansmy bean, my noodle, my headIllustrations in the style of John Tenniel by Jenny ThorneOtters, Queens and QueuesLater, Alice meets a Hamster, as well as a singing Otter,a composite Otter, the Platonic ideal of Otters, the very essence of Otterdom who offers Alice an Ottergraph.Then Alice encounters the Red Queen and the White Queen standing in a queue with all and sundry.Alice joins the end of the queue and is told by the Red Queen thata queue is always followed by you And then,Always remember, child Dot your i s and cross your t s, mind your p s and q s, and the other letters ll take care of themselves Off to the King s HeadNext, Alice is off to the King s Head for lunch where she peruses the menu, not realising that the stains are meant as samples.The waiter is a Frog, and Alice sits next to a Rattle Snake who s been waiting weeks for the delivery of his oysters.Swan Songs and Capital TeaAlice orders a swan pie, but changes her mind when the swan selected for her meal sings its swan song.She orders a cup of tea, which proves to be capital Tea.Noting the connection with letters that her day has had, Alice remarks,It s a pity my adventures aren t all written down in a book, for then I could turn back the pages and make certain of itstill, it seems to me as if I ve been travelling through the Alphabet Adair Lacks Sufficient FlairLittle does she know her adventures have been written down by Adair And that s pretty much how it ends I was left with a sense of deflation, like when you return to your favourite restaurant only to find that the owner, the chef and the head waiter have all moved on The fit out is still the same, but everything else has changed.Competence and imagination are still apparent, but not as much flair, and sadly, another five star restaurant has reverted to three This third adventure is as witty and warm as Carroll s own stories, perhaps evenso since the emphasis is largely on wordplay, puns and sheer delight in the magic of language Adair doesn t parody Carroll, merely imitate his creations in his own unique style, making the settings a tadmodern, but still firmly ensconced in the 19thC Fresh from reading the two originals, I can safely say this holds up as brilliant and funny, paving the way for the author s later translation of Perec s This third adventure is as witty and warm as Carroll s own stories, perhaps evenso since the emphasis is largely on wordplay, puns and sheer delight in the magic of language Adair doesn t parody Carroll, merely imitate his creations in his own unique style, making the settings a tadmodern, but still firmly ensconced in the 19thC Fresh from reading the two originals, I can safely say this holds up as brilliant and funny, paving the way for the author s later translation of Perec s lipogram A Void I am a tremendous fan of Lewis Carroll s works, and when I happened upon this book in a used book shop one day, I couldn t resist.There is much here that is quite in line with Carroll s original stories The style of writing is quite accurate, and Alice s character seems appropriate Yet it misses somehow, and I m not quite sure where or why Perhaps there seems to be a lack of adventurousness in this Alice, or that she seems a little too bold, rather than curious.I suspect that I will read this I am a tremendous fan of Lewis Carroll s works, and when I happened upon this book in a used book shop one day, I couldn t resist.There is much here that is quite in line with Carroll s original stories The style of writing is quite accurate, and Alice s character seems appropriate Yet it misses somehow, and I m not quite sure where or why Perhaps there seems to be a lack of adventurousness in this Alice, or that she seems a little too bold, rather than curious.I suspect that I will read this book again, but I am certainly happy to have it on my shelf along with a variety of other Alice books The illustrations by Jenny Thorne seem like authentic John Tenniel drawings Okay I know you re going to think I m lying, but I m not I tell you that this is just as excellent as a real Alice book.My copy, inscription in my grandmother s hand To C, underlined , from Grandma and Grandpa Taylor Dec 27 1990 Now that your tonsils are out I know you will be much better and not get so many sore throats Get better soon We love you very much. Thanks to MJ who recommended Gilbert Adair This is a sequel to Alice s Adventures and Through the Looking Glass, a feat I didn t think anyone could pull off, but Adair does surprisingly well He s greatly assisted by superb illustrations by Jenny Thorne which could easily have been done by Tenniel The book is a clever imitation without wandering into the too cute for words arena of Carroll s books, both in detail and overall structure And most enjoyable is the poem at the end wherein the Thanks to MJ who recommended Gilbert Adair This is a sequel to Alice s Adventures and Through the Looking Glass, a feat I didn t think anyone could pull off, but Adair does surprisingly well He s greatly assisted by superb illustrations by Jenny Thorne which could easily have been done by Tenniel The book is a clever imitation without wandering into the too cute for words arena of Carroll s books, both in detail and overall structure And most enjoyable is the poem at the end wherein the author explains How This Book Came to be Written This charming book is true to the tone and feel of the original two books The characterization of Alice rings true, the story in engaging, and the author adds a humor that is all his own, while always being careful not to lose that authentic Lewis Carroll atmosphere The wordplay is delightful, something that Carroll would approve of himself, and the illustrations are perfect I highly recommend this book for yourself and all your kids. Really cute and it seems to really fit into the Lewis Carrol series However, while I enjoyed it while I read it I was a teenager I can t for the life of me remember it, unlike the other two original books.Really cute and recommend if you are Alice Also fun for nostalgia s sake But it didnt stand the test of time for me. No ma ei tea Kui Carrolli Alice i lood saavad mult k hklematult maksimumpunktid Peegel v imalusel rohkemgi , siis see n elasilmajutt j ttis mind k ll ksk ikseks Selline punnitatud j rg Kahju. Very much like the original Alice In Wonderland series The play on words is interesting and catchy Not a very long book, probably good for readers who need something short to catch their attention. Adair seemed to be trying too hard to capture the Carrollian style The characters are dull and unlovable, most of the puns are not at all clever, and a lot of concepts are recycled Only a couple of witty puns to be found throughout the book.

Alice Through the Needle's Eye: A Third Adventure for
  • Alice Through the Needle's Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll's Alice
  • Gilbert Adair
  • 15 September 2017
  • 0330291580