Alice I Have Been - Melanie Benjamin
Alice I Have Been was this month's book club pick. It also is my month to host....so I was hoping that it would be good and everyone would like it. Book Club isn't until the end of the month, so I'll have to wait a bit to find out what the girls thought of it.
I LOVED it!
A lot. lot. lot.
That's saying something because I'm not really a die hard Jane Austen fan. This book reminded me of her novels a little. Something about never being able to love the one you want to, strikes a NOT FAIR chord with me.
Alice I have been is a historical fiction account of the life of Alice Liddell, Charles Dodgson's (Lewis Carroll) muse for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It presents the friendship and falling out of the Liddell family with Dodgson, as well as how being publicly associated with Alice in Wonderland affected Alice's personal life all the way through her lifetime.
Admittedly, I don't believe I have ever read Alice in Wonderland. It's on the list for sure now. I've seen all the movies though. Before reading this book, I wasn't aware that Alice had been a real, live person. My interest is seriously piqued now.
Historically, there isn't a lot of information about Alice and her break with Mr Dodgson. Which I think makes for a good basis of a fictional account. It's also got me thinking. Isn't it interesting that the best way to start the rumor mill turning is for the tiniest bit of silence. No comments and few missing pages from a journal can lead to quite the scandalous speculations......
Curiouser and curiouser.
Read it! You know you want to.