The Three Faces of Alice (in Wonderland) (Part 1)

Childhood is a magical time in our lives that strongly influences the persons we later become as adults. That is why certain stories, experiences and impressions, which make a big impact at the time, stay with us for the rest of our lives. One such story from my childhood is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which I admit, I’m still in love with.

I can already hear you asking yourself what the fuss is all about, seeing that this is just a fairytale, a child’s story, a fragment of whimsical fantasy one grows out of. Truth be told, I never grew out of my love for Wonderland and as I grew older I discovered facets and depths to the story that I had never noticed before.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a story which is still going strong after 149 years. It was written in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known today by his pen-name, Lewis Carroll. The novel follows the adventure of a girl called Alice, who, after following a talking rabbit and falling down a rabbit hole, ends up in a magical place called Wonderland, where animals wear clothes, inanimate objects talk, and nothing makes any sense whatsoever. Well… not in the conventional sense of the word.

The story quickly captured the imagination of producers and screen writers, and in fact the first ever movie to portray it was an early British silent movie made in 1903. There were many other adaptations after that. The 1951 ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Walt Disney version, remains uppermost in my memory. It forever coloured my childhood. Playing cards and rabbits were never the same to my mind after that.