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Alice Through the Needle's Eye ➫ [Ebook] ➦ Alice Through the Needle's Eye By Gilbert Adair ➶ – Alice is trying to thread a needle by the fire on a snowy afternoon when she finds herself in an alphabetical land populated by Siamese Twin Cats joined at the tail the Welsh Rabbit with his toasted c Alice is trying to the Needle's Epub ß thread a needle by the fire on a snowy afternoon when she finds herself in an alphabetical land populated by Siamese Twin Cats joined at the tail the Welsh Rabbit with his toasted cheese the Kangaroo the spelling bees the Italian Hairdresser who uses a small crocodile as a pair of scissors Jack and Jill and best of all the Grampus.

10 thoughts on “Alice Through the Needle's Eye

  1. Ian "Marvin" Graye Ian "Marvin" Graye says:

    I Did It for A DareTo attempt a seuel to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” series raises reader expectations on at least two levelsFirstly the originals are so well known and well loved not to mention extraordinarily well written that readers will approach the seuel with a degree of scepticism and preciousness about the originalsSecondly such a project is likely only to attract an author whose chops are already pretty good so their own reputation as a writer will be under scrutiny than everThe Alice series is one of my favourite pieces of thinking and writing It invites parody and pastiche Gilbert Adair is also a writer I think highly of and one of the few I would have expected to be up to the taskAs in the original books Alice arrives in an uncertain world and encounters the unfamiliar as well as the linguistic building blocks of the familiar And it's all written down for the benefit of other children The primary audience for this novel still seems to be childrenFor all the imagination on display I came away with a sense of disappointment of being let downTransitional MetaphorsAdair managed to create a transition between two worlds worthy of his model However his parallel world doesn’t have the same imaginative and visual appeal as that of Carroll’s and this lets the story down in the middle after its strong startCarroll’s own transition mechanisms down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass are so evocative that they have become metaphors in their own rightAdair takes an existing Biblical metaphor through the eye of a needle and repurposes it to good effectAlice enters the parallel world by falling through the eye of a needle while she is sewing ie attempting to thread the needleConnected with LettersAdair then turns the “eye” into an “I” and no sooner have we arrived in the other world than we are exploring the letters of the alphabet Alice says in the penultimate chapter ”All the things which have happened to me today seem to have been connected with letters in some way”Alice’s fall to Earth is broken by a haystack correctly described as an A stackAlice assumes that the needle has also come to Earth by passing through its own eye “like a serpent swallowing its tail” She proceeds to look for the eye or the “I” of her needle in the A stackHence to paraphrase the Biblical expression it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than to find the I of a needle in an A stackDrawing the Short StrawInstead in the A stack she finds a Country Mouse which had “recently been sucking on a short straw which the chattering of its teeth was now causing to swing up and down in a comical manner” Alice thinks of it as the last straw whereas I wondered whether the mouse might have been artistic and might have “just drawn the short straw” This is the style of infectious verbal humour used by both Lewis Carroll and Gilbert AdairCapital A’sAlice then discovers that all of the hay is in the shape of Capital A’s and the mouse reveals that “it’s best to make A’s while the sun shines”There’s much ado about the “silent aitch” in “haystack” and other words like “had” and “hoped”Meanwhile Alice is surrounded by bees whose job she thinks is to collect pollen from flowers However the mouse reveals that it is to collect letters to spell out words “That’s why they’re called spelling bees”The mouse also points out that “there ain’t no ’i’ in ‘needle’”Characters of the AlphabetNext Alice meets two Siamese Twin Cats named Ping and Pang who are uite logically joined at the tailThey recite a poem called “The Sands of Dee” thus completing the first four letters of the alphabetSoon it starts “raining kittens and puppies but they’ll turn to cats and dogs soon enough”After some wordplay about camels Alice spots an elephant that had been frightened by the mouseTogether they go to Hide and Seek Park to hear the Election speeches Here they find a fast talking Emu “It’s got ‘Emu’ written all over it” as is evidenced by the illustration as well as a Grampus in academic gown and a moustachioed Italian hairdresser who uses a crocodile for a pair of scissorsThe Emu stands for everything beginning with an “F” eg freedom facts fair play fairyland faith Father Christmas the fat of the land festivities foreign affairs forgiving and forgetting fruit cake and funAdair’s poetry is a lot of fun throughout including the Emu’s poem about F “Oh f’s the only letterThe world can count upon;For without f’s there’d be no if’sAnd dreams would end anon”AnonymouseAlice and the Emu then argue about who Anon is and whether it is the author of the poem The Country Mouse claims credit because it believes it stands for AnonymouseIn the next scene the Grampus is revealed to be very absent minded “I sometimes forget I am absent minded and remember everything”Alice asks “Then I suppose the first thing you remember is your own absent mindedness?”The Grampus replies “Exactly so which means that I forget everything all over again So I decided to write the story of my life in advance so that I could live it out afterwards This way I am sure to remember”There follows a discussion of Snakes and Ladders and Auto Biographies and trains and shortcuts and tunnels and surprises and brigands on the platformWell Meant “Well” said the Grampus smiling with condescension at Alice “that went off uite satisfactorily I think” “I only meant –“ Alice began to say “Don’t mean” the Grampus roared at her “Think speak mention assert deliberate declare – even opine if you will – but never never mean Why the world would be in a fine stew if just anybody felt free to mean where and when they pleased” “But dictionaries are full of meanings” objected Alice “Full of meanings perhaps but empty of meaning” said the Grampus “And the reason for that is that the best meanings ca’n’t ever be written down that’s how precious they are”Broken CrownNext Alice meets Jack and Jill up the hill “well it was a very little one indeed – not much than a mound really”Alice doesn’t know what to make of Jack’s broken crown “Perhaps he’s a young Prince in disguise in unfancy dress I imagine you would call it since Royalty are in real fancy dress every day of the week”Jack explains that it means “my bean my noodle my head” Illustrations in the style of John Tenniel by Jenny ThorneOtters ueens and ueuesLater Alice meets a Hamster as well as a singing Otter “a composite Otter the Platonic ideal of Otters the very essence of Otterdom” who offers Alice an “Ottergraph”Then Alice encounters the Red ueen and the White ueen standing in a ueue with all and sundryAlice joins the end of the ueue and is told by the Red ueen that “a ueue is always followed by you”And then “Always remember child Dot your i’s and cross your t’s mind your p’s and ’s and the other letters’ll take care of themselves”Off to the King’s HeadNext Alice is off to the King’s Head for lunch where she peruses the menu not realising that the stains are meant as samplesThe waiter is a Frog and Alice sits next to a Rattle Snake who’s been waiting weeks for the delivery of his oystersSwan Songs and Capital TeaAlice orders a swan pie but changes her mind when the swan selected for her meal sings its swan songShe orders a cup of tea which proves to be capital TeaNoting the connection with letters that her day has had Alice remarks “It’s a pity my adventures aren’t all written down in a book for then I could turn back the pages and make certain of itstill it seems to me as if I’ve been travelling through the Alphabet”Adair Lacks Sufficient FlairLittle does she know her adventures have been written down by AdairAnd that’s pretty much how it ends I was left with a sense of deflation like when you return to your favourite restaurant only to find that the owner the chef and the head waiter have all moved on The fit out is still the same but everything else has changedCompetence and imagination are still apparent but not as much flair and sadly another five star restaurant has reverted to 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  2. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    This ‘third adventure’ is as witty and warm as Carroll’s own stories perhaps even so since the emphasis is largely on wordplay puns and sheer delight in the magic of language Adair doesn’t parody Carroll merely imitate his creations in his own uniue style making the settings a tad modern but still firmly ensconced in the 19thC Fresh from reading the two originals I can safely say this holds up as brilliant and funny paving the way for the author’s later translation of Perec’s lipogram A Void

  3. Daniel Daniel says:

    I am a tremendous fan of Lewis Carroll's works and when I happened upon this book in a used book shop one day I couldn't resistThere is much here that is uite in line with Carroll's original stories The style of writing is uite accurate and Alice's character seems appropriate Yet it misses somehow and I'm not uite sure where or why Perhaps there seems to be a lack of adventurousness in this Alice or that she seems a little too bold rather than curiousI suspect that I will read this book again but I am certainly happy to have it on my shelf along with a variety of other 'Alice' booksThe illustrations by Jenny Thorne seem like authentic John Tenniel drawings

  4. Clare Richardson Clare Richardson says:

    Okay I know you're going to think I'm lying but I'm not I tell you that this is just as excellent as a real Alice bookMy copy inscription in my grandmother's hand To C underlined from Grandma and Grandpa Taylor Dec 27 1990 Now that your tonsils are out I know you will be much better and not get so many sore throats Get better soon We love you very much

  5. Beth Beth says:

    Thanks to MJ who recommended Gilbert Adair This is a seuel to Alice's Adventures and Through the Looking Glass a feat I didn't think anyone could pull off but Adair does surprisingly well He's greatly assisted by superb illustrations by Jenny Thorne which could easily have been done by Tenniel The book is a clever imitation without wandering into the 'too cute for words' arena of Carroll's books both in detail and overall structure And most enjoyable is the poem at the end wherein the author explains 'How This Book Came to be Written'

  6. Gail Gawlik Gail Gawlik says:

    This charming book is true to the tone and feel of the original two books The characterization of Alice rings true the story in engaging and the author adds a humor that is all his own while always being careful not to lose that authentic Lewis Carroll atmosphere The wordplay is delightful something that Carroll would approve of himself and the illustrations are perfect I highly recommend this book for yourself and all your kids

  7. April Aasheim April Aasheim says:

    Really cute and it seems to really fit into the Lewis Carrol series However while I enjoyed it while I read it I was a teenager I can't for the life of me remember it unlike the other two original booksReally cute and recommend if you are Alice Also fun for nostalgia's sake But it didnt stand the test of time for me

  8. Seth Seth says:

    This book is a relatively fun read if you enjoyed books like Lewis Carol's original Alice in Wonderland or Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth Be prepared for a lot of nonsensical adventure much wordplay and an absolutely enjoyable way to while away the hours

  9. Valerie Valerie says:

    Very much like the original Alice In Wonderland series The play on words is interesting and catchy Not a very long book probably good for readers who need something short to catch their attention

  10. Holly Holly says:

    Adair seemed to be trying too hard to capture the Carrollian style The characters are dull and unlovable most of the puns are not at all clever and a lot of concepts are recycled Only a couple of witty puns to be found throughout the book

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