Review: "Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Decoded" by David Day
Updated: Jan 22
I’m not sure how I feel about this book.
I know part of that is because I’m biased - I firmly believe Lewis Carroll was not a pedophile. However, this book gave a lot of other information about the man behind the Alice books that really made me cringe. I guess the saying is true - don’t “meet” your heroes.
As for the annotation side of things, I feel like I learned a lot from this book, but I also feel like a lot went over my head. There was a lot of mathematical formulas and discussions of logic that I just couldn’t keep up with. Not only that, but each character in Wonderland was compared to at LEAST one person, but sometimes one character could be compared to up to three different people. It got kind of confusing at times.
I also think that some of the “facts” presented by Day are a little far-reaching. Some of them
are plausible, but many come off as guesses that Day made to seem like hard evidence. I also feel like he should have cited his sources in text instead of throwing them all in the back. The way it is laid out currently, I have no idea which source goes to which piece of information provided in the 289 pages of the book.
Overall, I give it 3 stars. It loses one star for its more questionable “facts” and the lack of in-text citations and another because sometimes I got lost on which section of information I was reading (I soon learned that I needed to pay attention to text color, but it was still a bit confusing).