Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

So I've done something for the first time since starting my book database - I've given up on a book.  I started reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland over the weekend, put about 60 pages into it, and decided that was enough.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the book is terrible or anything, but I just couldn't get into it.  It was imaginative, bizarre, and absurd (in a good way), but it didn't captivate me.

I realized I wasn't having any fun, and a book like Alice seems like it should be all about fun, so I've decided to move on to one of the many other books I have on hand.  What's interesting is it's definitely NOT the worst book I've read in the last two years.  I guess I don't think it's fair to read this classic when I'm clearly not in the mood for it.

My question for you, though, is "What's wrong with me?" Am I missing the innocent imagination of childhood required to become engrossed in Alice?  Or is it just something about my current mood that makes the book unpalatable at the moment?  I know there are some out there who must enjoy this book (and I can see why), so please educate me.  It feels wrong to not get a classic like this.  Oh well, hopefully I can find something on the bookshelf that fits my mood better....

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Scott
Scott on 04/28/2010 6:59 a.m.

I think you hit on part of the problem. While reading, I was thinking "I know this is a parody of a poem, and is probably really funny, but I have no idea what the original is". Maybe that's my fault for not taking the time to do a little research, though?

Scott
Scott on 04/29/2010 11:42 a.m.

I probably just have a guilty conscience over quitting a book before finishing it...

Scott
Scott on 04/30/2010 10:57 a.m.

Yeah, I haven't heard many good things about the movie...

And why does "Adventures" get dropped? Whatever else you might say about the book, she's definitely having some adventures.

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