32. Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll | PodNu Podcasts & Book Insights

Has there ever been a single child who has never believed that there is magic in this world, and that it will save us whenever we feel weak or helpless? But when we grow up, we are saddened when we then come to believe that there is no magic in the world.

For children, magic is similar to fairy tales, because of our innocence in belief, and innate curiosity, they were the foundations for how we saw the world. From hearing fairy tales, we grew up believing in magic, but gradually discovered that those exquisite books, wonderful stories, and beautiful dreams became more and more out of reach as we grew up. Growth into ‘the real world’ inevitably comes at the cost of losing something beautiful and intangible. Samuel Johnson once said: "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect." At this moment, as you listen to this episode how much of your "make believe", or your curiosity, is left? Let's take a look at a naughty but sweet little girl Alice, who embarks on a journey into wonderland all because of her still-remaining curiosity!

This book was a huge success once it was published. It attracted thousands of children with its magical fantasy, funny humor, and bold poetry, and many adults also fell in love with it, including the famous author Oscar Wilde and the then reigning Queen Victoria. At present, this book has been translated into at least 125 languages and is popular all over the world.

The book is full of interesting word games, puns, riddles, and slang. It is full of wit. Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, was a British mathematician, logician, photographer and novelist. It is precisely because of this polymath background that he formed his unique creative style. The protagonist of the story Alice is an innocent and lovely young girl, full of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. In her, we can see the kind of innocence that belongs only to children. Through the process of growth to adulthood, the innocence of these children is almost always eroded. Alice is fascinating to us, because she is so fascinated by what she comes across, it’s a reflective trait like that. Children can resonate with her, while adults feel she is precious because they have lost what she still has...

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