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Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream

John Kendrick Bangs

Book Overview: 

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.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Doesn't it stop anywhere?" cried Alice in amazement.

"It stops everywhere," said the Hatter. "What I mean is it hasn't any ends at all. It's just one big circular car that runs all around the city and joins itself where it began in the beginning. We call it the M. O. Express, M. O. standing for Municipal Ownership——"

"And Money Owed," laughed a[Pg 20] Weasel that sat on the other side of the car.

"PUT THAT FELLOW OFF"

"Put that fellow off," said the March Hare indignantly. "Conductor—out with him."

The Conductor immediately threw the Weasel out of the window, as ordered, and the Hatter resumed.

"We call it the express because it is so fast," he continued.

"You'd hardly think it was going at all," observed Alice, as she noticed the entire lack of motion in the car.

"It isn't," said the Hatter. "It's built on a solid foundation and doesn't move[Pg 21] an inch, and . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A political satire that rings true today.

I didn't understand all the references.

You see, Miss Alice, I made a personal study of collisions. The Mayor here ordered a fresh one every day for me to investigate, and I noticed that whenever two cars bunged into each other it was always at the ends and never in the middle. The conclusion was inevitable. The ends being the venerabl...more

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...more

It's ok! But wasn't my cup of tea. Narrator was quite good, extremely clear

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 Wonderl...more

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...more

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 mean...more

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...more

This book was a laugh riot. The Mad Hatter's personal lexicon was very a skewed and hilarious.

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