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Alice I Have Been By Melanie Benjamin Alice I Have Been Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice s Adventures in Wonderland Now in this spellbinding historical novel we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettab

  • Title: Alice I Have Been
  • Author: Melanie Benjamin
  • ISBN: 9780385344135
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alice I Have Been By Melanie Benjamin Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice s Adventures in Wonderland Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland Does it sound ungrateful Alice LiFew works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice s Adventures in Wonderland Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland Does it sound ungrateful Alice Liddell Hargreaves s life has been a richly woven tapestry As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy But as she nears her eighty first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only Alice Her life was permanently dog eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year the golden summer day she urged a grown up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does than immortalize Alice he changes her life forever But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to And as Alice s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determi
    Alice I Have Been By Melanie Benjamin

    Alice I Have Been A Novel Random House Alice I Have Been A Novel Random House Reader s Circle Paperback Illustrated, December , Find all the books, read about the author, and . Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin Dec , Alice I Have Been is the story of the heartbreak of Alice s life, the result of a feisty, lively imaginative little girl s desire for love and a lonely man s unfortunate choices, all made far worse by the strictures of their times This novel is a gem. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, Paperback Barnes Dec , Alice refuses to read Alice in Wonderland until she is well into her eighties Why do you think she avoids reading the story she inspired The relationships between Alice and her sisters Ina and Edith range from rivalry to a life long bond What effects do these have on Alice, and what are the consequences . Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin Summary and reviews A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire Chapter Twelve. Alice I Have Been A Novel Walmart Walmart Up to sh backAlice I Have Been is full of love, want, and conflict She tells her story from the time she is a child to the time she marries and has children of her own She shares the story she has so carefully hidden with her children and the reader The character of Charles Dodgson aka C.S Lewis is somewhat portrayed as a pedofile. Alice I Have Been A Novel Kindle edition by Benjamin A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

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    1. Shannon on said:

      I enjoyed this book but I wouldn t recommend it if you really really love the story of Alice s Adventures in Wonderland Whether you decide to take the author s liberties with the story at face value or not this book will forever change the way you look at Alice s story It s difficult after reading this book to not view Carroll s novel in a different light I can t unknown what I know now and that makes me sad.This novel tells the story of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, a real girl that inspired Lewis [...]

    2. Jaline on said:

      My apologies to everyone, but this review is full of SPOILERS and it is also ridiculously long This is something I rarely do, but in this case I felt compelled to write both how I felt and why I felt it and the only way I could do so was to identify specific areas of the book s plot that brought those feelings up front I attempted unsuccessfully to hide the spoilers but they are everywhere If you are highly interested in reading this book, please skip reading my Review until afterward so you can [...]

    3. Elly Sands on said:

      After I finished reading this book I did some research on Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll to separate fact from fiction Before doing this I was going to give it 3 stars but changed my rating to 4 stars I realized that the author did an amazing job in weaving a novel around the lives of these two people The book is about the life of Alice and her family, friends, loves and especially her relationship with Charles Dodgson Lewis Carroll.The connection between these two and the suggestion of intimac [...]

    4. Farfished9 on said:

      I am giving this book 2 stars but not for the reasons I am reading other folks here talk about in their 2 star reviewsI was gonna give this book a 3 til I read what the author had to say at the endThis ticked me off What a load of crap So first she says that she wants to be clear about not having an agenda in writing this that her personal opinions on how all this stuff may or may not have gone down totally is not what her book is aboutd then in the same breath, she says just the opposite She de [...]

    5. Bark on said:

      4 1 2 stars This was a heartbreaking read but it was one of those books that I found myself drawn into and found it difficult to break myself away from when it was time to take the headphones off and return to reality I have to admit, it has thrown me into a bit of a funk Despite Alice s well to do lifestyle, her life was filled with disappointment, sadness , missed opportunities and loss Most of it due to an event in her early childhood The story of the real Alice who inspired Alice In Wonderla [...]

    6. Julie on said:

      Alice I have Been by Melanie Benjamin is a 2010 Random House publication After having read The Swans of Fifth Avenue , I was eager to discover some of Melanie Benjamin s other novels I had heard some talk about The Aviator s Wife , and so I read that one first, and was impressed with it as well However, I had not heard of this book, and had no idea what to expect from it So, in preparation, I downloaded a free version of Alice s Adventures in Wonderland and re read the book because as a child, I [...]

    7. Heather on said:

      This was a wonderful book It was written from the viewpoint of Alice Pleasance Liddell Hargreaves, the girl who inspired the book, Alice s adventures in wonderland We follow her through her life, making leaps from childhood, to young womanhood, to her later years as a wife and mother There is a scandal that haunts her from the time of her childhood through the rest of her life There is also her fairytale love story that will pull at the heartstrings All in all a great read I think it would make [...]

    8. Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜ on said:

      DNF 75%Oh my word, this was horrible.Somebody call the cringe police.I really, really do not get any pleasure out of rating a book so low and being this critical, yet I can also not find myself giving this book 2 stars for mediocrity I found it that terrible.I actually really enjoyed this at first, but right afterwards it took a sudden curve downhill and I could not read another page of it without rolling my eyes and constantly thinking to myself Oh lord are you kidding me So it was just best th [...]

    9. Jenny on said:

      Having just finished Nabakov s Lolita I was looking for something to refresh my mind from the heavy, morally depressing, but brillantly written story about the mind of a depraved child abuser.I found I had picked up from the library, quite by chance a book entitled Alice I Have Been One of the things I love about books is that when I m in the zone the right book seems to come to hand at the right time And this indeed was the right time for me to read about Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Mr [...]

    10. Angie on said:

      What a wonderful book This is my first experience reading a book by this author and I was very impressed Alice Liddell s story truly comes alive through her prose In all honesty, I have read Alice in Wonderland a few times and had heard before that it was written for a real little girl But, I had no idea of the true story behind the story I was enchanted by young Alice and her fancifulness and at the same time worried as I tried to figure out Mr Dodgson and his intentions I was so taken in by he [...]

    11. April on said:

      Sometimes I like to read books I know will depress me It s a weird habit, but something which keeps me in touch with my empathetic side I found Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin to be a heartbreaking novel Alice I Have Been follows the life of Alice Liddell, the real life Alice In Wonderland Read the rest of my review here

    12. Amy Bruno on said:

      I am one of those people that had no idea there was a REAL girl named Alice behind Alice in Wonderland that is, until I read a gem of a novel written by a new voice on the scene, Melanie Benjamin And I am so glad that her book Alice, I Have Been was my introduction to this very fascinating and endearing woman whose childhood will be forever connected with Wonderland.Alice Liddell was the daughter of the Dean of the prestigious college, Christ Church at Oxford and was raised there along with her [...]

    13. Tattered Cover Book Store on said:

      Cathy says We all know and love the classic tale, Alice s Adventures in Wonderland I know that, time after time, I would lose myself in the story, fascinated and frightened by the strange and unpredictable characters Alice encountered, wishing that I could be Alice and experience Wonderland I went so far as to make myself an outfit and wear it to school in high school, no less still yearning for an escape My taste in books had perhaps matured but the surrealism of Alice s story remained seductiv [...]

    14. Noce on said:

      Non ho 34 anni Ne ho 3,4.E con questo libro il verdetto finalmente raggiunto a me le favole piacciono.Ieri sera, mentre il verduraio sotto casa mi faceva gli Auguri di Natale, e guardavo distrattamente la nebbiolina mentre parlava, nebbiolina quando si parla molto freddo , io non vedevo l ora di tornare a casa, prepararmi il t , e tornare a leggere la vita di Alice.Mi si chieder una biografia attendibile La storia della Musa ispiratrice di Lewis Carrol, ampiamente documentata Ebbene no, purtropp [...]

    15. Marialyce on said:

      I really enjoyed this fictional account of Alice and her relationship with Lewis Carrol It follows Alice through her growing up years into adulthood and the story of the effect of being Alice had on her It was wonderfully written with just the right amount of the Victorian era s staidness and lack of outward feelings shown towards family, lovers, and friends.The author used whenever possible actual events in Alice s life and spun a realistic tale of a life that seemed forever unhappy She ultimat [...]

    16. Kristin on said:

      I laughed, I cried, I cried some , I cried a LOT And for ten minutes after I closed the book It s haunting, and really drives home how quickly your life passes by It s a fictional because no one knows exactly what all happened look into the life of the real Alice of Alice in Wonderland, her heartbreaking relationship with Lewis Carroll Mr Dodgson , how she expected her life to play out, and how it ended up playing out First of all, the writing is beautiful Absolutely perfect Even when my heart [...]

    17. Teresa Medeiros on said:

      I adored this book It s a novel about the relationship between Alice Lidell who allegedly inspired ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Charles Dodgson Lewis Carroll The Victorian historical details are lush and delicious oddly enough, it reminded me the most of Libba Bray s A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY series and my heart was deeply touched as I viewed Alice s life through her eyes, both as a child and an adult Although plainly fiction, Ms Benjamin creates a plausible scenario by piecing together fragments o [...]

    18. Lisa on said:

      This was a wonderful historical novel based on the life of Alice Liddell who inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice in Wonderland Benjamin did an excellent job of telling a complex story of young Alice s relationship with Caroll aka Charles Dodgson who was a young man at Oxford when they met But is it than that it is about Alice s strength through a catastrophic time in her young life, followed by love and loss It is about a girl becoming a woman navigating Victorian England s strict moral attit [...]

    19. The Book Whisperer (aka Boof) on said:

      Have you ever wondered what happened to the little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland I must be honest I m not sure I even knew that the real Alice had existed until I read the blurb for this book But, yes, real she was The real Alice lived until the age of 81, had married and had three sons But where did it all begin Alice I Have Been is fiction based on fact The story is narrated by Alice herself and where no evidence remains, Melanie Benjamin takes artistic licence to fill in the gaps Alic [...]

    20. Holly on said:

      I will admit, I didn t know what I was getting into with Alice I Have Been I just saw it on the givaways page and entered I didn t even realize it was based off the life of the real Alice Liddell until the wording tipped me off Before I started reading, I did the barest of research on her, just enough to know her siblings, how she knew Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll , and how the story came about.Melanie Benjamin does a good job staying with the facts Everything I d read matched up exactly wi [...]

    21. Doreen on said:

      Man, I really want to give this five stars It s a really good book, and the author does an amazing job evolving the first person narrative voice from precocious child to hopeful lover to crusty dowager The pace is lively, and the characters and situations believable and involving But I think it s that the genre of historical fiction, unless very carefully written, tends to sound like the author than the subject In the hands of a blatant moralist like John Erskine, this works out fine, but when [...]

    22. Sarah Mac on said:

      Eh, like 2.5 But I rounded up for the sake of the middle portion, which was much interesting than either Part 1 or Part 3 The opening section takes forever with a bratty young Alice, while the last bit with Old Alice the gradual deaths of everyone in her life was alternately dull and or depressing Part 2, however, with Alice s struggle to be a young woman whilst in the unwanted shadow of Wonderland Dodgson s moony eyes Ruskin s weird melodrama, combined with Prince Leo s ill fated romanceat bi [...]

    23. Amanda on said:

      I loved this book I won this as a pre release from , and I am thrilled it came to my doorstep I started with a fascination with Alice in Wonderland and a slight knowledge that there was some mystery surrounding the relationship between Lewis Carrol and the real life Alice The book presents this mystery through the eyes of Alice in three different periods of her life It is fictionalized, though I got the sense that Benjamin stayed true to the spirit of who Alice Liddell really was.The book is ext [...]

    24. Mr. Pirkl on said:

      Historically based on the relationship of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll, Alice I Have Been A Novel, chronicles the friendship, the emergence of the story of Wonderland, the falling out of the Carroll and the Liddell family, and Alice s path to adulthood, marriage, and old age I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel The relationships and characters were well developed I especially liked reading about Dodgeson his name before published as Carroll as a photographer something odd there and bumblin [...]

    25. Pamela on said:

      I do wish you happiness, Alice You must believe me Even if the facts of your little drama are unclear, they still matter Perception is reality, especially when it comes to affairs of the heart Lovely, but oh so disturbing Beautiful prose Historically astute Richly developed characters Encapsulating Victorian era dynamics Atmospherically transporting Melanie Benjamin is certainly a masterful storyteller And this being her debut novel I m in awe Y ou won t change will you, Alice You re different [...]

    26. Judy on said:

      The novelised story of Alice, the heroine of Lewis Carroll s Alice in Wonderland I m going to have to read further about Carroll after reading this novel to find out how if he was a quasi pedophile or not now Anyhow, the book was excellent in that it made the reader think about how accurate childhood memories are, about valuing those around us daily for who they are and what love actually is I really like Benjamin s choice of subject matter for her booksople we ve all heard of, but totally diffe [...]

    27. Mary (BookHounds) on said:

      Melanie Benjamin weaves fact and fiction together to bring a cohesive story about Alice Liddell Hargreaves who inspired Lewis Carroll s Alice s Adventures in Wonderland I think this book captures the s of the Victorian era perfectly This will be in my top ten for the year.I really needed a book like this right now I was going to try and wait until closer to the release date for my review of this book, but I want to tell everyone about this book, NOW It combines the best of historical fiction wit [...]

    28. Kate on said:

      I must admit I didn t know anything about Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Charles Dodson Lewis Carroll other than she inspired him to write one of my favorite novels of all time Alice s Adventures in Wonderland.However, after reading Melanie Benjamin s historical fiction novel Alice I Have Been I have learned so much about both characters and their relationship to each other I really like Alice She s a very strong woman who s not afraid to admit she s human Charles Dodson, on the other hand, comes [...]

    29. Jackie on said:

      I m not a Victorian England kind of person, nor am I a great fan of Alice in Wonderland or Through The Looking Glass Nevertheless, this book, a fictionalized account of the real Alice, Alice Liddell, caught and held my attention in a vice grip Benjamin s research was exhaustive, so that Alice, her sisters and the clearly disturbed CharlesDodgson who took the pen name Lewis Carroll become living and breathing people again The actual photographs of Alice in the book are priceless and add a profoun [...]

    30. Nancy on said:

      Hmmm Historical novels about a specific person are always dicey for me, and this one did not work Dodgson is seen now as someone who was at least in a form of arrested development, in love with childhood Sometimes biographers have him as an out and out pedophile The book tries to consider these possibilities from Alice s perspective, but it s unclear if her perspective is that of the 81 year old Alice that bookends the story, or if it s a straight version, where seven year old Alice is talking [...]

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