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So, I’ve finally finished Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Well, to be exact, I’ve finished it twice.
Due to assignments, getting a new job, moving to Canberra, finding somewhere to live etc, I really didn’t have much time for reading, not even a tiny book of only 130 or so pages. So, Alice got took a little longer than she should have to get herself back out of the rabbit hole.
I think she might be stuck.
I finished the book yesterday, on the way to work, so by the time lunch rolled around, I didn’t have anything to occupy my brain. So I read it again. I got through half of it by 2pm yesterday, and finished the rest of it at lunchtime today, along the lines of the original expected time I thought I was going to take to read it. So, I guess I know it doubly well now!
The first thing you have to know when reading this is that there will be giant holes where you think certain character plotlines should be. Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee are nowhere to be seen; the talking flowers don’t get a mention, and while the Cheshire Cat does appear a number of times in the book, it’s not nearly as regular as you might think. There is, however, a baby that turns into a pig, which always wins points in my opinion. (It’s like some kind of bizarre infant Animorph!)
MISSING: one irritating set of twins.
It was a bit of light-hearted fun though, and a good quick read, perfect for that little bit of time between the first and second half of work. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a quick read that doesn’t require too much brain power (trust me, it’s a thousand times better, and more fun, than any women’s magazine. Doctors should keep a copy in their offices for bored patients), and definitely as a bedtime story if you have little chidlins looking for some night-time giggles.
While I think you get away with just borrowing any of the other Popular Penguins I’ve read so far, this is one you really have to own. It’s just perfect for a rainy day: there’s no long term commitment, it’s light-hearted and it’s the perfect opportunity to remember what it’s like to be a child.
And that’s a feeling that too many of us choose to forget.
The other thing I love is Popular Penguins. They have such a magnificent array of titles, and not of them all ‘classics’, and plenty of them I’ve yet to devour. And they’re AFFORDABLE.
At the moment, my job sucks. Sure, I’m in a radio station, but there’s something about doing the accounts that just KILLS MY SOUL. Oh, and did I mention I’m still in Dubbo?
So at the moment, my only escapes are my weekend trips to Bathurst (which will cease soon anyway) and reading. I’m currently in the middle of The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (about 120 pages to go, and I can't wait to get to the mystery's resolution!), having finished my re-reading of The Shadow of the Wind last week, but once that’s finished, I’m lost as to what my next read will be.
For this reason, and also because I’m not writing as much as I should, I thought I would go through ALL the titles on the Popular Penguins list, reading and reviewing each one, posting the results on this new blog.
I have no idea how long this will take, or if I will stick with it long enough for it to be worthwhile. I don’t even know how much money I’ll spend in the process. (Due to my wanting to save money, I will be borrowing from my local library when I can, unless Penguin Publishing wants to sponsor me!) There will be no time restraints and there will be no holding back on what I think. And there will be NO leaving a book unfinished.
I have already printed off the list of Popular Penguins in print at this point in time. There are 174 titles to work through, some authors I’m really looking forward to (Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Charles Dickens, Nick Hornby, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and some I’m really dreading (Jane Austen, Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, Mary Shelley, Donald Horne) but all will be read as reflections of their era and tales worth telling. In return, I will give my honest opinion of the book, and whether I would read it again, or if you’ll find it on eBay next Thursday.
It will be a celebration of reading, writing and personal opinion, all at a decent price.
Now bugger off! I’ve got a book to read.
- Noni Doll
The 35-page document that I’ll be working off, complete with all the titles and synopsises. Wish me luck!