Alice I Have Been

Alice I Have Been

by Melanie Benjamin

Overview: Part love story, part literary mystery, Melanie Benjamin’s spellbinding historical novel leads readers on an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole, to tell the story of a woman whose own life became the stuff of legend. Her name is Alice Liddell Hargreaves, but to the world she’ll always be known simply as “Alice,” the girl who followed the White Rabbit into a wonderland of Mad Hatters, Queens of Hearts, and Cheshire Cats. Now, nearing her eighty-first birthday, she looks back on a life of intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. First as a young woman, then as a wife, mother, and widow, she’ll experience adventures the likes of which not even her fictional counterpart could have imagined. Yet from glittering balls and royal romances to a world plunged into war, she’ll always be the same determined, undaunted Alice who, at ten years old, urged a shy, stuttering Oxford professor to write down one of his fanciful stories, thus changing her life forever. .

Faith Bowers (05/11/17): Historical fiction mixed with what little facts there were about the “real Alice” from Alice in Wonderland. It is also about the real Lewis Carroll, a photographer of little girls.

It is good historical fiction, reads quickly and does come to a climax with love of a prince. Some details are repetitive and some actions seemed forced but the author makes the story work from documentation about both. Reading about late Victorian England and then Edwardian England is always a good read.
Rating: ***

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