Tuesday, December 2, 2008
ALICE IN ST. PIERRE?
First, a confession: I've never been a big fan of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Book or movie. Until now.
See, my novel ESCAPE FROM FIRE MOUNTAIN is set in 1902 Martinique, and my main character is a reader. Which means I've had to figure out what exactly she'd be reading. Enter Alice, published in 1865.
It's a bizarre little book, full of truths and wit and serious word-loving genius. I still prefer the poem "Jabberwocky," but I gotta tell, Alice has really grown on me. I especially like her conversation with the caterpillar. Haven't we all had conversations like that, that go round and round but accomplish nothing?
I leave you with a quote from the book, that totally applies to writing:
"'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'"
- Lewis Carroll