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ISBN: 0385344139
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Language: English
Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1st edition (January 12, 2010)
Pages: 368
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
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Home Melanie Benjamin Alice I Have Been: A Novel. , IT’S NOT OFTEN AN AUTHOR CAN SAY A BOOK TRULY WOULDN’T have been written without one person’s influence, but Alice I Have Been would never have come about were it not for my dear friend and writing partner, Nicole Hayes. Gratitude doesn’t even come close to expressing how I feel about her, but it will have to do.

Melanie Benjamin on Alice I Have Been. I was inspired to write Alice I Have Been after unexpectedly viewing a photographic exhibit called "Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll. For an author-at least, for an author like me-the single most important factor when writing a book is the protagonist’s voice. Among the many photographs there, all taken by the man who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, one stood out to me.

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In the end, all he could do was shake his head and try to make her comfortable. Yet he could not even do that. In her half-conscious state she moaned, she writhed, she gasped and pleaded with words that did not make sense even as they pierced the heart. I sat next to her; I would not leave her for a minute.

Alice I Have Been book This novel tells the story of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, a real girl that inspired Lewis Carroll, né Charles Dodgson, to write his novel Alice's Adventures i. .

Alice I Have Been book. Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s. 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. This novel tells the story of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, a real girl that inspired Lewis Carroll, né Charles Dodgson, to write his novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Melanie Benjamin (born November 24, 1962) is the pen name of American writer Melanie Hauser (née Miller). Born November 24, 1962, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Melanie is one of three children. Melanie attended Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis then married Dennis Hauser in 1988; they presently reside in the Chicago, Illinois area with their two sons. Melanie is a member of the Random House Speakers Bureau.

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Benjamin Melanie (EN). 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 holeand 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?

Melanie Benjamin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel. About Melanie Benjamin.

Melanie Benjamin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Melanie Benjamin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Category: Historical Fiction Literary Fiction.

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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 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 more 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 determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.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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Ghile
This is a very difficult book for me to review. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed, and I am interested in finding out a little more about Lewis Carroll. I know that there are many that suggest that he may have been a pedophile and this book seemed to focus on that. What ended up bothering me the most was in the beginning his friendship with the Liddell girls (he was portrayed as not liking little boys) was most definitely how a predator pedophile would groom his prey. This was VERY difficult to read, my spouse worked many years in the crimes against children department of the local police. This would be exactly how a pedophile goes about gaining trust from young girls and it was sickening. What I found even more disturbing was that Alice was blamed throughout the entire book! Even to the end where as an old woman she herself believed it was all her fault! She was 11 when the relationship ended, it is ludicrous to place the blame for sexual misconduct on a child of that age. So basically whether he was or wasn't in real life isn't the problem, that the author wrote Alice as the cause of it all to me was heartbreaking. I just can't give this book a good rating, although if you want a book to really generate a conversation in a book club I would say this is certainly it.
Androwyn
I agree with other reviewers that this is a difficult book, because the nature of the relationship between the 11 year old Alice Liddell, and the adult Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) certainly fits the parameters of that between pedophile and his prey. This relationship, repulsive as it may be, is brilliantly portrayed. Alice is the "odd man out" in the trio of Liddell girls visited, entertained, and wooed by Dodgson. Her mother is a formidable woman, with little warmth for her many offspring, particularly Alice, who is always caught out on the wrong side of the many rules imposed by her mother, her class, and the Victorian era. Always scolded for getting dirty, Alice doesn't find it easy to confine herself to "proper behavior." These rules are incredibly confining, isolating and restrictive. Alice has never been barefoot in the grass, never played in the mud, has always been swathed in layers and layers of restrictive clothing that separate her from contact with the world, and the ordinary sensations of her own body. She is expected to be a sort of simpering doll, unable to even dress herself, needing a servant to button and unbutton the imprisoning clothing she wears, while she looks forward to the introduction of the even more constrictive corset and stays. No freedom, no warmth, no fun in this childhood. I found this in itself repulsive. Inhuman, really, like the fact that her mother, (and later, Alice herself) cannot be bothered with the names of their servants, calling them all "Mary Ann" as though they were not individual human beings. Yes Dodgson "grooms" his prey. And Alice's world will blame her, and find her scandalous, just as we see her responding to the cold restrictions of her life by seeking, like a flower, the one bright spot of warmth she sees. I don't think this is "blaming the victim" so much as understanding the dynamic the pedophile uses to achieve his ends. I find it much harder to feel any sympathy for Dodgson. The author here does an excellent job introducing the reader to a world very different from our own, whose values are not ours, and to characters and motives we have little in common with, and little sympathy for .A fascinating, challenging, and often troubling read.
Kirizan
When I read the description of this book I anticipated that it was going to be a continuation of the life of the fictional Alice after her return to Wonderland. I soon discovered that this is actually a historical fiction about the real-life Alice Liddell, inspiration for the classic fantasy novel. While Benjamin's story centers around the well-known relationship between Charles Dodgson (better remembered by his pen name Lewis Carroll) and his juvenile literary muse, and the sensational speculations and mystery as to the nature of that relationship, this novel focuses on how being a literary muse affected Alice Liddell. It a story that questions the nature of reality, perception, experience, memory, and personal identity. Once she immortalized as a literary icon, who is "Alice" -- the real girl, and how is she the same and separate from the fantasy character? Who is Alice in Dodgson's imagination, or the minds of his readers? Who is Alice to herself? To her family and friends? Whose fantasy created Alice's experience? What story has she and others crafted about her actual life? These are some of the penetrating questions this novel asks and explores. Told in first-person, from the perspective of an elderly Liddell, the narrative was both suspenseful and sensitively told. This darker and gritter story may not be for fans of the classic book, since they can not unknown what they will encounter regarding the originals of the Alice stories. I was personally already familiar with the darker undertones, and was as drawn into this fictional rendering of the biographical story as in magic Dodgson's creation.

Reading the afterward commentary, it became clear that the author was explicitly interested in the correlation between childhood fame/cultural immortalization and the trauma fictional disconnect creates in the life of the individual. This no doubt shaped her interpretation of Liddell's experience. This additional material at the end of the book rather tarnished my experience of the novel, being very repetitive and not as well-written as the main literary text; although, I did appreciate learning where the author's fancy deviated from historical documentation.

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