Would you believe me if I told you that I only finished one book this month? It’s true. Finding time to read has been dicey lately, as Mil hasn’t been feeling the best. She’s going thru a phase where she isn’t happy unless you’re holding her, and honestly, all I want to do when she’s asleep is to sleep myself. My house is a mess, and laundry is piling up. So there certainly hasn’t been time for reading.
Most famous for his book Wicked, After Alice is Gregory Maguire’s take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. I listened to the audiobook edition of After Alice, so first, I’d like to touch on the narration. I have often found female narrators to have grating voices when speaking as young children, so I was pleasantly surprised that Katherine Kellgren’s narration was beautifully done.
Concerning the content of the book – It was not what I was expecting. Based on what I know of Maguire’s writing, I was expecting “After Alice” to be a story about the things that happened in Wonderland after Alice left. That wasn’t the story that I got. (Perhaps I should learn to read the synopsis before I get an audiobook from my digital library.) It was however, a very interesting tale that enlightened the Victorian world that Alice grew up in. And I quite fell in love with Aida, the main character in the novel. Though I am unsatisfied with how the book left things with Siam, the young black boy. Perhaps a sequel?
What about you? Have you ever had one of those times where you just didn’t feel like reading anything?