Exceptional First Sentence of the Week: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do. Once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”


Is there a person among us who does not love Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? We all tumble down with Alice as she falls through the rabbit hole. With logic games and nonsense rhymes, frightening threats of beheadings, lost wanderings in dark places, Wonderland is just one of those books that is imprinted on us all, no matter how old we get or how turned around and upside down we feel during our rambles through Wonderland.

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  1. Would you believe I hadn’t actually read this until 2010 (many, many years into my reading life)? It scored points with me for packing so much into a relatively small number of pages. It also may be, per capita, one of the most heavily freighted literary works when it comes to images and ideas which have reached the ‘public consciousness.’ People cite or quote it without (i suspect) knowing the origin of the saying or phrase. And do I even need to month the Cheshire Cat?

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