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Monday, March 15, 2010

ALICE IN WONDERLAND & PHILOSOPHY by William Irwin

ALICE IN WONDERLAND & PHILOSOPHY
CURIOUS & CURIOUSER
Author: William Irwin
Source: FSB
Thank you Julie!
* I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Original edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470558369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470558362
SYNOPSIS:
  • 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. 

MY THOUGHTS:
This is one of those books that give you some insight on a book you may have read in the past.  With all the publicity for the movie for Alice in Wonderland that is out right now, this book came at the perfect time.  This book gives you some things to think about and ponder as you go along in the book.  

While this book is not necessarily something I would read again, it was informative and kept me thinking.  I like how they take a different view on the story and give you many things to question.

Overall not a bad book.  One I would only recommend if you are into these sort of books.

MY RATING:


 
Perfect For Rainy Days From the Library!


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2 Comments:

Blogger La Coccinelle said...

This sounds sort of interesting. I still think Carroll must've been on something, but maybe this book would change my mind! LOL

A good book about philosophy is Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. It's a novel that explains the history and concepts of philosophy in an easy-to-understand way.

March 15, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

It sounds pretty interesting, but I have to admit that I am not really into these philosophy books

March 15, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

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