A Conversation for Alice in Wonderland - the Literary Character
Ormondroyd Started conversation Nov 4, 1999
I'd just like to recommend "Automated Alice" by Jeff Noon, a book first published in 1996. It continues the story of Alice, taking her forward in space and time to Manchester in 1998!
I realise that to Alice purists this may seem like a terrible idea, but because Noon is a great writer it actually succeeds brilliantly. He imitates Lewis Carroll's writing style superbly, populates his modern Manchester with a colourful cast of surreal characters, and is at pains to make it clear that his book in an homage rather than a parody. There are also excellent illustrations in the style of those in the original Alice books.
It shouldn't work but believe me, it does. Great book.
Munchkin Posted Nov 4, 1999
It also squeezes in complex maths and Jimmi Hendrix. He is a very clever chap that Noon bloke.
I personally loved the whole clock striking midday chapter.
Dr Prunesquallor Posted Nov 4, 1999
Christ! I thought I'd mention Autmated Alice by
Jeff Noon and Ive been beaten to it! Absolutely fantastic
writing. Read "Automated Alice"!!! I love all the puns
in that book! Fantastic stuff!
Zed Posted Nov 5, 1999
I really like AA, but most his other books are nearly as barking as Philip K. Dick's!
I've got Nyphomation, but it's a bit hard on the brain in places, and I didn't enjoy nearly as much as AA.
Munchkin Posted Nov 5, 1999
Personally I loved Pollen. But then I was sat in the middle of a field on a sunny day sneezing all the time as I read it. It added a certain something to it.
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