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Alice in wonderland by Lewis Carrol and Automated Alice by Jeff Noon.

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Introduction

Alice in Wonderland Automated Alice Lewis Carrol Jeff Noon Almost everyone has read Alice in Wonderland, whether it be as a child or as an adult. And almost everyone who has read it, or has had it read to them, has enjoyed it. I have viewed Alice in Wonderland as a movie, but I have read the novel Automated Alice by Jeff Noon. Both texts are equally enjoyable to view, however I enjoyed Automated Alice more, as it is directed more at grownups, as it has rather gruesome content. It is written in a manner that one would write to a child in, however, the plot is very complex, and even I failed at times to understand what was happening. Alice in Wonderland is directly directed1 at younger children, as it is written as a fairy tale. Alice in Wonderland begins with a young girl named Alice being taught a history lesson by her governess. Alice, however, is bored and plays with her cat. When her governess scolds her, she states that she can't find a book with no pictures in it interesting. ...read more.

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She looks through the keyhole and sees herself outside, sleeping. She calls out to her to wake up, and finally, she does. Her governess had found her sleeping, forgave her, and they went home. Alice is curious, well-mannered, and confused, so she tries to find her way out by creating her of Wonderland. Wonderland is an illogical land, nothing seems to make sense to Alice. She starts to become very frustrated and confused. When Alice meets the caterpillar the following conversation takes place, " 'Who are you!' the caterpillar asked ... 'I - I hardly know, Sir, just at present - at least I know who I was when I got up this morning' ... ", Alice is so confused she does not even know who she is. Alice is curious because she is very young and she is still finding out about the world around her. Throughout the novel she grows up and matures because she starts to unlock the illogical reasoning of Wonderland and begins to respect their weird habits. Even through all the confusion, she still finds home at the end of the novel. ...read more.

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She takes it for granted that it is a Mister. Alice in Automated Alice does the same thing when sighing to an ant crossing her jigsaw puzzle from across the room. However, when she does so, the narrator comments. "Oh mister ant," Alice said aloud. (Although how she could tell it was a Mister from that distance is quite beyond understanding." Another example when the author speaks directly to the reader is when he is asking the reader's opinion or advice about something. He refers to a Snailman talking sluggishly. "Or should that be snailishly? I can't make up my mind, can you?" Jeff Noon plays on puns a lot. Noon has a skill with words, and his witty humour has made me rate this book as one of the best I have read. Noon actually puts himself in the novel. He plays the part of Zenith O'clock (which incidentally means noon, like his own name), who in the novel has written a book about Alice herself, and helps her on her way back home. I enjoyed reading/viewing both of these books immensely, and will probably continue to read these books for the rest of my life. 1 Quote from Alice in Wonderland. "Read the directions, and directly you will be directed in the right direction. ...read more.

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