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Alice (The Chronicles of Alice) (edició 2015)

de Christina Henry (Autor)

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"A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood... Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice"--… (més)
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Títol:Alice (The Chronicles of Alice)
Autors:Christina Henry (Autor)
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Alice was once a good girl until she came home from the Old City covered in blood and her body riddled with bruises and babbling about a Rabbit and since then she was relegated to the asylum.

Her only friend is fellow inmate "Hatcher" who she talks to through a hole in the wall.

When an opportunity presents itself Alice and Hatcher escape but their only Place to flee to is the Old City...


There is that saying about not judging a book by its cover. In the case of "Alice" you shouldnt Believe that the story is just as gritty as the cover.

There are some interesting ideas but in the end this was not a book I could bring myself to like very much. Its set in a dark and grimy World but it didnt feel very consistent. So people have no problem in locking people up in asylums.

Why not just execute them it its such an oppresive society?

Another thing that bothered me was the exploitaition of Girls,of course in the real victorian era this did happen,but I felt the author really took it to the limit of bearability.Most of the female characters seems to be victims if you dont Count an old woman and Alice.
But even Alice is sometimes reduced to the role of victim and having to rely on Hatcher to survive. Its true that she does get a bit tougher as the book progresses but by then I was too tired of the book I couldnt be bothered ( )
  Litrvixen | Jun 23, 2022 |
A very very bloody and dark Alice, loved it. ( )
  awesomejen2 | Jun 21, 2022 |
A fun and unexpected adventure with some familiar characters. ( )
  Carmentalie | Jun 4, 2022 |
Well, jeez. That was violent and grim and not at all what I would have planned on reading/listening to at this time of stress and anxiety and uncertainty, but dang, I really liked it. I also delayed reading this for five years because I knew this about the book and was a little afraid of it mangling one of my favorite stories, but--again--dang, I really liked it. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
"Why are you here?" she asked one day, long after they were friends, or at least friends who never really saw each other.
"I killed a lot of people with an axe," he said. "That's how I got my name. Hatcher."
"What was your name before?" Alice asked. She was surprisingly undisturbed by the knowledge that her new friend was an axe murderer. It seemed unrelated to who he was now, the rough voice and grey eyes though the hole in the wall.
"I don't remember," he said.


What if Wonderland were not a pretty place in a little girl's dream? What if it were a real city with its own history, its own true laws, its own economics? What if those economics were fueled by power and greed, by the trade of magic and flesh? If the pretty story were pealed back to the primal things underneath, to lies and sex and broken trust, it would look something like this. A broken, dirty city where no one is really safe, where the Jabberwock is come again, and the only unlikely hope lies with two murderous lunatics escaped from the asylum.

I cannot stress enough that this is the story of a dark, ugly world. Rape is not so much something that happens in this story as it is a theme uniting the whole story from beginning to end. Men, all men, are darkened by the possibility that they will turn traitor and use their strength to commit the same crimes as the slavers and johns who fill the night. Yet women must have their protection, or they will be sold or taken. The redemption, the possibility of love, arises not out of the remittance of danger, but out of Alice's realization that she herself is also dangerous.

Alice's transformation from a broken, drug addled castoff into a a genuine heroine, one who can face the Jabberwock, is believable and real. Her changing relationship with Hatcher is also authentic. This is a deeply feminist story that leaves behind the slapstick kick-ass heroines* and watches its protagonist grow honestly out of her helplessness and into a woman who can stand on her own two feet. In many ways, it breaks and rearranges the stories of Wonderland and the Lookingglass so that instead of the nonsense adventures of a little girl, they become a real progression. As Alice moves from confrontation to confrontation with the bosses of the Old City, I saw her become the Red Queen, bloodied, yes, but also capable, able to protect others.

At the same time, the book doesn't offer any easy answers. Throughout, Alice meditates on how the City came to be as it is, her own relationship with her parents (especially her mother) and they way they abandoned her, the responsibility of strength and power, the dynamics of vulnerability and the way there is a cost to helping those her heart goes out to, and most of all the fact that she cannot help everyone.

This is a lot to pack into 300 pages, but the book never drags. I could have wolfed it down in a couple of sittings. (Really I did, but I stopped to reread [b:Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass|24213|Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass|Lewis Carroll|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327872220s/24213.jpg|2375385]. I highly recommend a reread of the originals with this; having certain little details of the story fresh in mind was nice.) Also, the writing is gorgeous. (I'm saying that a lot this year, I know. I've read a lot of gorgeous stories!) Highly recommended.

*Don't get me wrong. I love my kick-ass heroines. But there is fantasy and then there is candy. This is not candy. I also tend to shy away from stories that are discernibly wrapped around feminism. This, however, was not a lecture, but a story that happened to deeply concern the power relationships between women and men. I very much liked the exploration.

(Reviewed March 2015) ( )
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"A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood... Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice"--

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