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Well, it turned out, everything! Beginning on page one when Alice is 80, heading to America to be feted and honored, Alice I Have Been takes the reader back to Victorian Oxford and brings to life the world that Alice inhabited. It was a privileged world, and as a little girl Alice and her sisters met scholars and royalty. They were pampered and educated and exposed to many things, yet restricted by society's and their Mother's high expectations for proper decorum. The girls were dressed alike in layer upon layer of pantaloons and petticoats and pale dresses and polished shoes, and if one girl got dirty usually it was Alice they all had to change.
No small feat. So when offered the opportunity to dress like a ragged gypsy and roll around in the grass, barefoot, who wouldn't?
Alice I Have Been
Little, irascible, contrary, bright 7-year-old Alice tasted this bit of freedom and it was as if she had bitten the apple in the Garden of Eden. Alice I Have Been is the story of the heartbreak of Alice's life, the result of a feisty, lively imaginative little girl's desire for love and a lonely man's unfortunate choices, all made far worse by the strictures of their times. This novel is a gem. It's for all fans of Alice, of historical fiction, and of compelling biographical stories.
And book clubs will rejoice in the possibilities it will offer for discussion. It is just wonderful! Nevertheless, this book, a fictionalized account of the "real" Alice, Alice Liddell, caught and held my attention in a vice grip. Benjamin's research was exhaustive, so that Alice, her sisters and the clearly disturbed Charles Dodgson who took the pen name Lewis Carroll become living and breathing people again. The actual photographs of Alice in the book are priceless and add a profound depth to the story--more than once I sat looking into Alice's 'gypsy' eyes and wondering what the truth was.
The Liddell family in it's privileged splendor, the father's position of Dean of Christ Church making them very powerful in England, the great restrictions on and expectations of women, all set the scene for the destruction of one life by the tender age of No one is completely innocent nor completely guilty in this tale that follows Alice through to her twilight years, but the taint of scandal colors the world for them all throughout their lives.
It's rather haunting especially the last few pages , and continues to linger in my mind. I highly recommend this book.
Lisa says: This was a wonderful historical novel based on the life of Alice Liddell who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland. Benjamin did an excellent job of telling a complex story of young Alice's relationship with Caroll aka Charles Dodgson - who was a young man at Oxford when they met. But is it more than that - it is about Alice's strength through a catastrophic time in her young life, followed by love and loss.
Alice I Have Been
It is about a girl becoming a woman - navigating Victorian England's strict moral attitudes with little help from those around her. It is told from Alice's point of view - which maked the book a strong and fascinating read. Great for discussion and book clubs. Dec 09, Marialyce rated it really liked it Shelves: february I really enjoyed this fictional account of Alice and her relationship with Lewis Carrol. It follows Alice through her growing up years into adulthood and the story of the effect of being Alice had on her.
It was wonderfully written with just the right amount of the Victorian era's staidness and lack of outward feelings shown towards family, lovers, and friends.
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The author used whenever possible actual events in Alice's life and spun a realistic tale of a life that seemed forever unhappy. She ulti I really enjoyed this fictional account of Alice and her relationship with Lewis Carrol. She ultimately was able to grab onto happiness even though it was fleeting at the end of her life. Lewis Carrol, in many ways becomes a tragic character, yet he also seemed in some way to be a bit sinister.
At any rate, this was quite an interesting take on Alice's privileged life and the many tragedies that it had. Jan 14, Kristin added it Shelves: read-in , random-house , adult , historical. And for ten minutes after I closed the book. It's haunting, and really drives home how quickly your life passes by. It's a fictional because no one knows "exactly" what all happened look into the life of the "real" Alice of Alice in Wonderland, her heartbreaking relationship with Lewis Carroll Mr.
Dodgson , how she expected her life to play out, and how it ended up playing out. First of all, the writing is beautiful. Absolutely perfect. Even when my heart was breaking for this girl and I didn't want to know what else could go against her, I kept reading because of the way it was written. It's mesmerizing. If you are interested in a version of what the real Alice's life could have been, read this book!
It's a bit lengthy, but worth every page. Mar 05, Teresa Medeiros rated it it was amazing. I adored this book! Although plainly fiction, Ms. Benjamin creates a plausible scenario by piecing together f I adored this book! Benjamin creates a plausible scenario by piecing together fragments of documented history. An incredibly satisfying read if you love historical novels and are fascinated by one of the greatest literary mysteries of all time! Nov 22, Lisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: book clubs - those who like historical novels. This was a wonderful historical novel based on the life of Alice Liddell who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland.
It is about a girl becoming a woman - navigating Victorian England's stric This was a wonderful historical novel based on the life of Alice Liddell who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland. It is told from Alice's point of view - which made the book a strong and fascinating read. Jan 11, The Book Whisperer aka Boof rated it really liked it Shelves: uk , arc-and-review-copies , victorians , historical , read-in Have you ever wondered what happened to the little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland? I must be honest - I'm not sure I even knew that the real Alice had existed until I read the blurb for this book.
But, yes, real she was. The real Alice lived until the age of 81, had married and had three sons. But where did it all begin? Alice I Have Been is fiction based on fact. The story is narrated by Alice herself and where no evidence remains, Melanie Benjamin takes artistic licence to fill in the ga Have you ever wondered what happened to the little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland? The story is narrated by Alice herself and where no evidence remains, Melanie Benjamin takes artistic licence to fill in the gaps. Alice was the daughter of the Dean of Oxford University where she was one of 10 siblings who lived a very priviledged upbrining within the grounds of the University.
It was there that the family met and befriended Mr Charles Dodgson or better known to the world as Lewis Carrol. It was on one particularly hot summers day, while out rowing with Alice and two of her sisters that Dodgson made up the tale of Alice in Wonderland to amuse the three girls and for years afterwards Alice begged him to write it down. Little did she know that her childhood was to be immortalised forever. The relationship between Dodgson and the three girls made me hugely uncomfortable, however. There were echoes of Lolita which I found a really unsettling experience while reading a book set in Victorian times and with such a quaint backdrop.
There's something really unnerving about such little girls in their white muslin dresses with parasols being quite so obsessed with a man in his twenties. Charles Dodgson a Mathematics professor at the Universtiy was also a photographer in his spare time as well as writing stories. His rooms in the college were littered with toys and dressing up boxes for young girls to play with and his photograph collection contained hundreds of images if children in various, sometimes provocotave, positions.
When she was eleven years old, Alice's parents had a falling out with Dodgson and he was never allowed near the family again. Nobody knows what happened, nobody ever spoke of it and after his death, Dodgsons family tore out parts of his diary that related to that particular time. One can only wonder what really happened but in the absense of any facts, Benjamin weaves her own theory around what happened one summers day to end that relationship. The rest of the book follows Alice as she grows up, watches her as she falls in love with Queen Victoria's son Prince Leopold there is evidence that this may have happened and ultimately marries and has three children, only claiming fame and noteriey at the end of her life as the girl who fell down the rabbit hole and will be forever seven years old.
I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel uncomfortable at times but then I suspect it was meant to but ultimately the ride along with Alice was an enjoyable one. It has certainly made me want to read Lewis Carrol's famous book again too. View 2 comments. Jul 25, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: own , debuts , historical-fiction , first-reads , historys. I just saw it on the givaways page and entered. I didn't even realize it was based off the life of the real Alice Liddell until the wording tipped me off.
Before I started reading, I did the barest of research on her, just enough to know her siblings, how she knew Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll , and how the story came about. Melanie Benjamin does a good job staying with the facts. Everything I'd read matched up exactly with what she'd written.
I couldn't find one discrepancy though she owned up to one in the author's note at the end. It was a story of love, of sadness, of dreams, and self. I really enjoyed reading it and I'm not just saying that because I won the givaway and feel slightly obligated to do so. It has nothing to do with that. Alice made me cry and any book that can make me do that is a fabulous book.
No, it follows her entire life , so you do get some Victorian era feel to everything and that's always fun. The biggest surprise to me was the portrayal of Charles Dodgson. As the author mentions once, she really hadn't given much thought to the kind of person he really was before she saw some of his photography.
Let's just say Dodgson is a man of many surprises. Was Alice I Have Been my all-time favorite book? Not necessarily. Did I enjoy it? Will I reread it? I think Alice is definitely worth a look. You may just discover a few things about life. View 1 comment. Sep 02, Doreen rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads. Man, I really want to give this five stars.
It's a really good book, and the author does an amazing job evolving the first-person-narrative voice from precocious child to hopeful lover to crusty dowager. The pace is lively, and the characters and situations believable and involving. I think it's that the genre of historical fiction, unless very carefully written, tends to sound more like the author than the subject.
In the hands of a blatant moralist like John Erskine, this works out fine Man, I really want to give this five stars. In the hands of a blatant moralist like John Erskine, this works out fine, but when it comes to the potentially controversial subject of Alice Liddell's semi-licit relationships, it comes across as more than a bit contrived. This is particularly true in the way the author portrays John Ruskin; I was intrigued enough by the book's depiction to look him up on Wikipedia, and found that Ms Benjamin had covered, point-for-point, his sexual scandals and decline, but in such a way as to make him fit her story and not for any sense of posterity.
Yes, it's fiction, and authors have license to sculpt the facts to fit their stories, but that sense of design unfavorably impedes, in my opinion, an otherwise fluid tale. I do foresee this book selling many copies though. It really is very good, just not amazing to me. Dec 28, Sarah Mac rated it liked it Shelves: zzzleftovers-completed , reviewed , read-regifted , grammatical-yodeling , zzz Eh, more like 2. But I rounded up for the sake of the middle portion, which was much more interesting than either Part 1 or Part 3.
Part 2, however, with Alice's struggle to be a young woman whilst in the unwanted? Overall, methinks this would have been better as an ebook novella. The complete novel has too much meandering bookclub blah blah blahs for my taste. I'm no Lewis Carroll scholar though I've seen some of his 'racy' photographs in art history classes , but is there really enough evidence to convict him a ped0bear?
Mar 23, Nancy rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , Historical novels about a specific person are always dicey for me, and this one did not work. Dodgson is seen now as someone who was at least in a form of arrested development, in love with childhood. Sometimes biographers have him as an out-and-out pedophile. The book tries to consider these possibilities from Alice's perspective, but it's unclear if her perspective is that of the year-old Alice that bookends the story, or if it's a more straight version, where seven-year-old Alice is Hmmm.
The book tries to consider these possibilities from Alice's perspective, but it's unclear if her perspective is that of the year-old Alice that bookends the story, or if it's a more straight version, where seven-year-old Alice is talking to us when she's seven, etc. I think more the former, since I cannot see a seven-year-old or an eleven-year-old being so thoughtful about things. The parts of the story not dealing with Dodgson, Alice's later life, stand up better, but most of it isn't anything you couldn't learn by just reading a straight biography of her.
Aug 17, Amanda rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. I won this as a pre-release from Goodreads, and I am thrilled it came to my doorstep. I started with a fascination with Alice in Wonderland and a slight knowledge that there was some mystery surrounding the relationship between Lewis Carrol and the real-life Alice. The book presents this mystery through the eyes of Alice in three different periods of her life. It is fictionalized, though I got the sense that Benjamin stayed true to the spirit of who Alice Liddell really was.
Th I loved this book. The book is extremely well-written and emotionally captivating. I, more than once, found myself in tears over one tragedy or another in Alice's life. If you love the history behind literature, if the inner lives of women fascinate you, if the ambiguity of truth and memory confounds you at every turn, this lovely, tragic book is for you. I'm thrilled that it is already receiving good reviews and applauseit truly deserves it. Aug 01, Mr. Pirkl rated it it was amazing Recommended to Mr. Pirkl by: This was a giveaway.
Shelves: , giveaways. Historically based on the relationship of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll, Alice I Have Been: A Novel , chronicles the friendship, the emergence of the story of Wonderland, the falling out of the Carroll and the Liddell family, and Alice's path to adulthood, marriage, and old age.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. The relationships and characters were well developed. I especially liked reading about Dodgeson his name before published as Carroll as a photographer something odd there and Historically based on the relationship of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll, Alice I Have Been: A Novel , chronicles the friendship, the emergence of the story of Wonderland, the falling out of the Carroll and the Liddell family, and Alice's path to adulthood, marriage, and old age. I especially liked reading about Dodgeson his name before published as Carroll as a photographer something odd there and bumbling professor.
Light and breezy on the surface this story has a shadow that runs through it that is not always banished by the light of Alice's innocence. Jun 11, Pamela rated it really liked it Shelves: love , historical-fiction , dysfunctional-relationships , united-kingdom , self-realization , controversial-topics. You must believe me. Even if the facts of your - little drama - are unclear, they still matter. Perception is reality, especially when it comes to affairs of the heart. Beautiful prose - Historically astute - Richly developed characters - Encapsulating Victorian era dynamics - Atmospherically transporting.
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Melanie Benjamin is certainly a masterful storyteller. And this being her debut novel I'm in awe! You're different - you were old when you were young, so it makes sense that you'll be young when you grow old. A very controversial relationship. If, it be true I first fell in love with Benjamin's storytelling prowess while reading: The Autobiography of Mrs.
Tom Thumb. Five-Stars all the way! What kept me from rating "Alice" five-stars, was twofold: aristocratic snobbery and corseted-histrionics; though typical in Victorian era literature and recreations thereof, at times in this novel, it was a bit overdone - verging on annoyingly exasperating. All in all, aside from a bit of dysfunctional melodrama and allusions of sexual deviancy, a recommendable good read. I must admit I didn't know anything about Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Charles Dodson Lewis Carroll other than she inspired him to write one of my favorite novels of all time Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
However, after reading Melanie Benjamin's historical-fiction novel Alice I Have Been I have learned so much about both characters and their relationship to each other. I really like Alice. She's a very strong woman who's not afraid to admit she's human. Charles Dodson, on the other hand, c I must admit I didn't know anything about Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Charles Dodson Lewis Carroll other than she inspired him to write one of my favorite novels of all time Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Charles Dodson, on the other hand, comes across as kind of creepy but endearing none the less and very artistic obviously. Their relationship is inappropriate at best, but the love they have for each other lives on in book form, where Alice remains a child forever and goes on her adventures in the fantasy world of Wonderland. Melanie Benjamin does a great job of blending facts and fantasy together in an extrodinary journey that will make you look at Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in a different light all together.
However, it will still be one of my all time favorite books and I look forward to re-reading it again soon. Shelves: reads , fiction , authors-i-want-to-read-more-from , uk , audiobook-e-book. I'm going to have to read further about Carroll after reading this novel to find out how if he was a quasi-pedophile or not now! Anyhow, the book was excellent in that it made the reader think about how accurate childhood memories are, about valuing those around us daily for who they are and what love actually is. Please provide an email address. Categories of Interest: Select All.
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