Alice Have I Been by Melanie Benjamin


Sometimes, stories are weird. Sometimes, those weird stories are someone’s real life.

Alice Have I Been is the tale of the real Alice In Wonderland. Historical fiction it may be, the author did a really good job not deviating too much from the real facts, which in a sense, is disturbing.

The fact is: Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, was close to the Liddell family for years until something passed between them to break their bond. The details of that break are nonexistent in every record, including Dodgson’s diary.

What this book suggests, along with scholars, is that Lewis Carroll was actually a peodphile.

Reading some reviews, several people said that they will never look at Alice In Wonderland again. Myself, I still look at the original book as what it was.

This book isn’t really about Charles Dodgson though. This is about how middle child Alice Liddell fell in love with three different men: Mr. Dodgson, Prince Leopold, and her husband, Regi. If you’re looking for a nice, happy story, this isn’t that. I almost cried in this book. It’s heartwrenching, but that doesn’t make it any less of a good read.

If we were on a star rating system, I’d give it 4 out of 5.

I did not find quotes to record here, though. Until next time.


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