Christian Holub
October 30, 2015 AT 03:31 PM EDT

After Alice: A Novel

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Gregory Maguire
publisher
William Morrow
genre
Novel

We gave it a B+

With Wicked, Gregory Maguire famously revamped the Oz stories by shifting the point of view from Dorothy to the Wicked Witch. He has now achieved a similar feat with another children’s story, retelling Alice in Wonderland through the eyes of Alice’s friend Ada—who follows her down the rabbit hole—and Alice’s sister Lydia, who remains behind in Victorian England. Shifting between these settings allows Maguire to explore their unexpected similarities. Under focus, the hierarchies and political decorum binding Victorian society become as self-evidently absurd as anything the Cheshire Cat says. Maguire plays with the ancient archetypes at work in Wonderland while injecting them with fresh perspective. B+

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