I read it a few times when i was a child, and thought i would see if i gained anything different on this read.
I am finally understanding why adult readers have said that they wondered if Carroll was a fan of opium: when i was a child i just thought the book was full of delightful random stuff, and now i just feel it’s full of total nonsense! It really reads as if the narrator is on something! It’s just full of totally bizarre characters and ideas!
Unfortunately, on this reading i feel that Alice is just plain irritating and stupid, and that every other creature in the book is right to get annoyed with her when she constantly interrupts whoever is speaking! It’s good that she has a mind of her own and keeps herself in control, but she maybe talks a little bit too much to herself all the way through the book! So maybe she actually is more insane than the Mad Hatter!
I can’t say i have always loved this book: despite loving fantastical stories, this book was always too confusing and weird for my liking, and my opinion hasn’t changed much now. I definitely dislike Alice more now!
I give this book a 7/10, because it is a classic children’s tale after all, and it is pretty unique, but i just don’t consider this to be one of the best books i’ve read, either as a child or as an adult!