Book Review | Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy by William Irwin, Richard Brian Davis

Title: Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
Author: William Irwin, Richard Brian Davis

About the Book:

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 Review:

“Curiouser and curiouser…” a famous Alice in Wonderland quip. If you are anything like me, you are interested in fairy tales {I find them quite fascinating…} and so when I saw this book I really wanted to try it out.

Basically, the book takes quotes directly from “Alice in Wonderland” and takes them apart, trying to find the deeper meaning in everything she says. I had never really taken the time to dissect a book like this in such a way.

I truly enjoyed this book and found myself nodding in agreement in the philosophical angles it takes and how it relates to feminism. Early on we realize that Alice is indeed a very strong woman… “Alice rejects and frees herself from stereotypical female traits; she is not trapped by the confines of roles or requirements.” {p.5}

I am finding it hard to write about this book because there are so many topics that get covered and so many things I found meaningful. If you love “Alice in Wonderland,” I think you will really enjoy this novel. It is not something you can digest quickly or read in one sitting, but I think it is worth the effort.

Thanks to FSB Associates for a free review copy of this book.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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