Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream

Alice in Blunderland An Iridescent Dream From Alice in Blunderland Certain of our members claim that they have a right to sell their votes for apiece Mercy cried Alice Why that is that is terrible It certainly is said the March Hare r

  • Title: Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream
  • Author: John Kendrick Bangs
  • ISBN: 9781402162947
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Alice in Blunderland Certain of our members claim that they have a right to sell their votes for 500 apiece Mercy cried Alice, Why, that is that is terrible It certainly is, said the March Hare ruefully, it s rotten Here I ve been holding out for 1,250 for mine, and these duffers want to go in for a cut rate that will absolutely ruin the business John KFrom Alice in Blunderland Certain of our members claim that they have a right to sell their votes for 500 apiece Mercy cried Alice, Why, that is that is terrible It certainly is, said the March Hare ruefully, it s rotten Here I ve been holding out for 1,250 for mine, and these duffers want to go in for a cut rate that will absolutely ruin the business John Kendrick Bangs takes Carroll s Alice in Wonderland and turns it into a political satire in many ways as fresh, keen and relevant today as it was a hundred years ago Summary by Ruth Golding An Underground Best Seller Animal Farm for 21st Century Politics What would happen if Alice, of Wonderland fame, were dropped into a political system where the government runs every aspect of life You would have Alice in Blunderland, a 1907 classic, brought back to life with even meaning for our modern times Join Alice as she explores a city where The town has an official beggar who is on government salary Boys are required to dance with homely girls or get arrested They have the safest, most fuel efficient, mass transit system in the world because it doesn t go anywhere Teeth are public property The Commissioner of Public Verse has 16,743 poets working for him and words that don t rhyme are made to rhyme by civic decree And, the official government monetary policy is expressed as follows We promise to pay This bond some day If of the stuff We ve got enough And if we haven t, pray don t despond, For we ll pay it off with another bond This would be one of the funniest political satires I ve ever read if it weren t so close to current reality.

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    1. Bangs has created a master piece of satire in this "Alice In Blunderland". He goes on the premis of Alice In Wonderland and the Mad Hatter and the White Knight, from The Looking Glass, and the March Hare create a city that is perfect they say, but when Alice goes to visit it she finds that their are a very lot of restrictions and scarey strange costumes being created there. It shows how socialism can slowly creep up one priveledge at a time being held back, and soon enough it has you in it's clu [...]

    2. Alice in Blunderland is a satire on communism, capitalism and the bad side of governance. I stumbled on this book and I don't understand why this is not very popular. Much to my surprise, this was first published in 1907; the lush commentary therein is much more incisive today than it was in 1907, now that the world has the benefit of hindsight both on socialism and capitalism. The adventure begins when Alice is visited by the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the White Knight and the Cheshire Cat. Ma [...]

    3. This is one of those books that is written to warn its readers of the woes of communism. Think of Ayn Rand for something along similar lines. Unlike the only Rand book I've read so far, which is Anthem, this is actually pretty well written. It's based on Lewis Carrols Alice in Wonderland, and all the main characters from the original are here, but this time Alice goes to Blunderland. A country that has taken up some form of communism, or mutual ownership of everything, including teeth.As a polit [...]

    4. Another delightful recording by Ruth Golding, a satire on revolutionary utopianism.Chapter 1: On Petty Bourgeois Anxiety over Socialist Ownership of TeethChapter 2: and Public TransitChapter 3: and Regulation of Industrial NuisancesChapter 4: and Property Crimes (though, in truth, the idea of patrol officers walking fussy babies is funny)Chapter 5: and Technological Innovation in Communication, and EvolutionChapter 6: and ArtChapter 7: and Children ( and now, the weather!)Isn't the very id [...]

    5. Doubtless a poignant satire in its own right, (though in a way somewhat redundant; taking a satire and writing a satire based on it) but also incredibly long winded and focused on people and events too far before my own time to mean anything to me. Certain events were fairly obvious in their meaning, but left me more depressed than enlightened.

    6. Alice in Blunderland is a cute parody of Alice in Wonderland, with some relevant satire.Alice can't visit her friend Little Lord Fauntleroy on a rainy day, and had already finished all her books. (She likes Edith Wharton, Marie Corelli, and Hall Caine, in case you were wondering).Soon the Wonderland characters visit her, and take her to the communist city of Blunderland. The Mad Hatter speaks mostly in malapropisms about the marvels of Blunderland. As you can expect from a society run by Lewis C [...]

    7. Concise, clever, entertaining.I prefer this spin-off over the original by far. The original is, I find, highly overrated; it is extremely random (obviously, a breaking-out-of-the-box achievement for its time) and not exceptionally well written, considering the time period (whereas, compared to our time period an elementary writing level is considered a literary achievement). I enjoyed this book.

    8. Alice escapes with her Wonderland friends to the new Blunderland. The Mad Hatter shows Alice different things and explains about their Mutual Ownership of everything in Blunderland. I think it's the author's satire of communism and socialism. He shows things to the extreme--what happens where people share EVERYTHING in common. This isn't spectacularly written, but it's free and doesn't take long to read.

    9. The satire is strong, as is the wordplay and terrible puns. The book ends up being fairly dark, which I also appreciated. However, I just didn't find the read as interesting as other works by Bangs and felt it a bit too plodding and disordered to unwaveringly hold my attention.

    10. I am chronically attracted to all things Alice and had not realized this was a "political satire" when I decided to read it. Needless to say, I did not enjoy it, but that's not because it was poorly written at all. It just wasn't for me.

    11. Hilarous and biting satire/sarcasm. Couldn't help but LOL many times. It's available on Librivox for free, so treat yourself to a great piece of literature!

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