By Gregory Maguire
From the multi-million-copy bestselling writer of depraved comes a mystical new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, released to coincide with the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's Carroll's cherished classic.
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole one hundred fifty years in the past, she chanced on a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent principles and abrasive egos because the international she left in the back of. yet what of that international? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?
In this extraordinary paintings of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his extraordinary mind's eye to the query of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings previous and new, providing an artistic spin on Carroll's enduring story. Ada, a chum of Alice's pointed out in short in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is off to go to her buddy, yet arrives a second too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.
Ada brings to Wonderland her personal imperfect apprehension of reason and influence as she embarks on an odyssey to discover Alice and spot her competently domestic from this surreal international less than the realm. If Eurydice can ever be back to the hands of Orpheus, or Lazarus should be raised from the tomb, probably Alice should be back to lifestyles. both method, every thing that occurs subsequent is "After Alice."
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Mutually exclusive ... It is conceivable that a man might be an oral poet in his younger years and a written poet later in life, but it is not possible that he be both an oral and a written poet at any given time in his career" (p. 129). Lord based this assertion on his experience with Yugoslav oral poets who, when they came into contact with literate urban societies, lost their gift for improvised recitation. He envisaged a Homer, an oral bard at the height of his powers, who dictated his poem to a scribe, one who had mastered the new art of writing.
Have you no pityfor him, our helpless son? Or me, and the destiny that weighs me down, your widow . . 482-85) And she begs him to cease fighting in the forefront of the hand-to-hand battle on the plain, to adopt a defensive strategy and command from the walls. Hector's sad reply reveals his tragic dilemma. His feeling for her prompts him to accept her suggestion but he cannot do it. " He is the one who holds the Trojan defense steady by his example and he must fight in the front ranks. In any case, the standards of martial valor by which he has always lived will not permit it: "All this weighs on my mind too, dear woman.
122-23 ). Patroclus is concerned for proper disposal of his body and indeed it is for the body, not the soul. that the Homeric heroes feel concern: many of the champions who fall mortally wounded have been fighting to gain control of the corpse of a prominent foe or to save the corpse of a comrade from the enemy. Archbishop Turpin finally prevails INTROOUCTION 27 on Roland to blow his horn and summon Charlemagne by pointing out that though it is now too late for the king to save them, he may be able to bury their bodies in a church and save them from wolves, pigs and dogs.
After Alice: A Novel by Gregory Maguire