Sunday, March 21, 2010

Review: Alice In Wonderland and Philosophy: Curioser and Curioser

About the Book:

From the Back Cover

Should the Cheshire Cat's grin make us reconsider the nature of reality?

Can Humpty Dumpty make words mean whatever he says they mean?

Can drugs take us down the rabbit-hole?
Is Alice a feminist icon?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as a blue caterpillar who smokes a hookah, a cat whose grin remains after its head has faded away, and a White Queen who lives backward and remembers forward? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence?

This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever lived—Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche—Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life's ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature.

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My Review:

Let me start off by saying that if you are in to deep thought and looking at things from a different point of view then you'll like this one. If you don't like to think too hard then I suggest you just admire the pretty cover. *smiles at readers*

It's just as the cover says: philosophy! But it's also very interesting as an adult to see the hidden meanings behind Alice in Wonderland that you simply don't see as a child. Who would have considered that Alice would have been a feminist or that the Mad Hatter was a chauvinist?

It really delves deeply into the meanings behind the story and breaks them down. I enjoyed it because it made me think!

**review copy provided by FSB media


  1. LOL, your review of this is so much better than mine! I should have stuck to admiring the pretty cover, but I did understand more than I did when I took logic in college. (didn't like it anymore, but understood more)

  2. Very interesting!! I can't wait to read it! Great review :)

  3. Thanks for stopping by! Yeah this one was different! :)

  4. Never thought the mad hatter was a chauvinist, but just dealt with too many hat making chemicals which makes one demented. However, I can see how this whole thing would be interesting. I love philosophy!

  5. Hey Kris. I've come on over from and thought i'd recommend a few Alice related posts of mine to you and an Alice related blog i've come across. Think it will complement your great review very well.

    As the film was released a few weeks ago, I did an Alice themed week and reviewed some great editions of the classic.

    the book of the film:

    Alice giftbook:

    Illustrative editions:

    Alice related artwork:

    Alice in picture book format:

    The blog entirely dedicated to interpretations/editions of Alice is

    She really finds some treasures. I hope you enjoy, and I'm glad I came across your blog.