Blog Tour Book Review: After Alice by Gregory Maguire

After Alice coverAbout After Alice

• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 5, 2016)

From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis’s Carroll’s beloved classic.

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

In this brilliant work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is “After Alice.”

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for After Alice by Gregory Maguire. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author, the publisher William Morrow and TLC book tours for having me on the tour and the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

After Alice is the story of Ada, Alice’s only friend who falls down the rabbit hole after Alice (hence the title) and begins an adventure all of her own that frees her of the confines of her real life.

This was actually my first encounter with Gregory Maguire and I hate that it was because I enjoyed this so much. I am not sure why I have waiting this long to delve into a Gregory Maguire book but now that I have I simply must continue on with his other works in the near future.

I love the language of fairy tales and Gregory Maguire has proven again that he is a master re-teller of fairy tales. After Alice is definitely complex. I am a lover of words so I love the beautiful language that McGuire uses to tell this story. I do admit that this style of writing may not be for everyone but it was magical to me. Not only is the language of this book complex but the actual story, the plot, was extremely complex with different themes working at different angles. We are told he story of Ada, with Alice’s story on the periphery. We also learn about Alice’s family and their recent struggle with the loss of her mother and we also learn about Oxford.

It was wonderful and is something I would love to revisit again. It has been ages since I read Carroll’s fairy tale and this has me itching to return to it and then after, reread this book. This was genius and magical. Five stars! I recommend to McGuire fans and Alice fans as well! I think both will find something to enjoy here!

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gregory maguireAbout Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includesWicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Find out more about Maguire at his website and follow him on Facebook.

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2 thoughts on “Blog Tour Book Review: After Alice by Gregory Maguire

  1. Ooo..I may have to try this one. It sounds intriguing and I love beautifully threaded language. I didn’t love Wicked and have stayed away from Maguire’s work since. But maybe it’s time for me to try his work again. Thanks for the review!

  2. I’ve always loved Alice’s story, and following her adventure from a different perspective definitely appeals to me. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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