… Alice moments …

‘Who are you?’ said the Caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation.

Alice replied, rather shyly, ‘I hardly know, sir, just at present – at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’

‘What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar sternly. Explain yourself!’

‘I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir,’ said Alice, ‘because I’m not myself, you see.’

Illustration by Arthur Rackham

 

A character in my book is having one of those Alice moments.

When I thought about it a little, l had to admit, so do I.

Having discovered this wonderful 1907 edition of Alice in Wonderland among my books, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, I’ll outwit my writer’s block and re-read one of my favourite stories.

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  1. Re-reading a favorite is good remedy for writer’s block. I usually read Poe but Carroll’s Alice is another unalloyed pleasure. I’m envious that you have that Rackham edition.

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    • I’m enjoying the read now. The plates are beautiful, but the cover of my edition is scruffy. My library is in such disarray I do come upon treasures occasionally. Beautiful books are becoming precious. Their cover-designs and illustrations could turn me into a collector if I had the money and the time. I take it you’re a collector, Joe.

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      • Not a collector but I appreciate the great illustrators. I hope they continue to publish such volumes. The feeling that you own a physical book, especially a beautiful one, is special and hand-held devices swarming with electrons don’t give you that.

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  2. I remember reading a book that belonged to my mother called ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rosetti, also illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Sadly, I have no idea wha happened to it, but those vivid illustrations have stayed with me to this day. Fabulous, and perfect for deflecting one’s mind from the task in hand.

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  3. Those old books and illustrations can certainly be a source of inspiration. 🙂

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  4. Ahhhh…don’t we just LOVE Arthur Rackham?! Dulac too…those illustrations are simply magical. I know I’m saving up to get some more originals… 😀 xx

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  5. I know Sophie, magical. I imagine illustrations for my books, looks like Natasha is inspired. She did the goat for my goat story.

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  6. yes, it is lovely to be able to go back and look at these lovely things, and how lucky you are to have this treasure.

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  7. Kamran

    Every day I ask
    What is this Soul
    That looks out through my eyes –
    I did not arrive here alone
    and will not depart alone.
    Whoever brought me here
    Will have to take me home.

    (Rumi’s Alice moments…)

    …and Oh my goodness…so do I …so do I…

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