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Alice in Wonderland

ALICE IN WONDERLAND WAS WRITTEN MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO. BUT IT’S STILL AS POPULAR TODAY AS IT WAS IN VICTORIAN TIMES.

“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”

The story starts with Alice sitting on a riverbank with her sister. Suddenly, Alice sees a White Rabbit. He’s wearing a coat and carrying a watch. He runs past. Alice follows the rabbit down a hole and falls very slowly into a fantasy world of adventure, peculiar creatures and absolute nonsense. There’s a drink that makes her shrink, a cake that makes her grow, a talking cat, a cook who throws her baby in the air, and a queen who hates white roses.

On a very basic level, Alice in Wonderland is a fascinating children’s book. But there’s a more complex side to it. Alice is the means through which Carroll criticises and compliments Victorian society, explains Morton N. Cohen in his biography Lewis Carroll. He explains how children recognise many of the situations as ones that they have had to deal with. And that “these painful and damaging experiences are the price children pay in all societies in all times when passing through the dark corridors of their young lives.”

Here are some of the characters from the story.

Alice

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (191) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to negotiate in English. Find out how to respond to a proposal and get the best deal possible. Plus, 12 useful words and expressions for talking about drinks, 10 expressions for describing “stupid” people, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • The environment – edible plates. • Business – team building. • Speaking – making small talk. • Grammar – the present perfect with “since” and “for”. • Business skills – negotiation quotes. • Social English – the wedding. • Cinema – famous film scenes. • Literature – Alice in Wonderland. • Celebrities – Helena Bonham Carter. • Travel – Oxford. • Animals – whales. • Food – spaghetti recipe. • Accents – the Dutch English accent. • History – La Sagrada Familia. • Language – portmanteau. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!