The Walrus and the Carpenter

 

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright–
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done–
“It’s very rude of him,” she said,
“To come and spoil the fun!”

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead–
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
“If this were only cleared away,”
They said, “it would be grand!”

“If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,
“That they could get it clear?”
“I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
The Walrus did beseech.
“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.”

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head–
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.

But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat–
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more–
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”

“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?

“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”

“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one…

– Lewis Carroll – Through the looking glass and what Alice found there

Recensie: Red Queen

30196348Auteur: Christina Henry
Titel: The red queen
Serie: The chronicles of Alice #2
Genre: Horror, adaptatie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9781785653322
Aantal pagina’s: 313
Gelezen: Augustus 2018
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Omslagtekst:
The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash and hope is nowhere to be found. Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter: a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King. The pieces are set and the game has begun, and each move brings Alice closer to her destiny.

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Recensie: Alice

30196357Auteur: Christina Henry
Titel: Alice
Serie: The chronicles of Alice, #1
Genre: Horror, sproojesadaptatie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9781785653308
Aantal pagina’s: 325
Gelezen: Juli 2018
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Omslagtekst:
In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place-just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood… Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
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Recensie: Alice in verbazië

1815778Auteur: Nicolaas Matsier
Titel: Alice in verbazië
Genre: Non-fictie, essays
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 1996
ISBN: 9789023435464
Aantal pagina’s: 92
Gelezen: December 2016
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Omslagtekst:
Nicolaas Matsier vertaalde Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland en Through the Looking-Glass van Lewis Carroll en oogstte daarmee veel lof. In de essaybundel Alice in Verbazië boekstaafde hij zijn verbazingwekkende ervaringen met Alice. In deze stukken ontrafelt hij op even humorvolle als diepgravende wijze de literaire kunst van Carroll en voorziet hij dit oerboek van de kinderliteratuur van prikkelende kanttekeningen. Ter gelegenheid van het verschijnen van Matsiers vertaling van The Annotated Alice – The Definitive Edition, werd Alice in Verbazië uitgebracht in een herziene en uitgebreide editie.

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Recensie: Heartless

31458203Auteur: Marissa Meyer
Titel: Heartless
Genre: YA Fantasy, sprookjesadaptatie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9781509814138
Aantal pagina’s: 450
Gelezen: Oktober 2017
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Omslagtekst:
Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole…
And before the roses were painted red…
The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first time.
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Showcase

ShowcaseGoed, ik weet dat het geen zondag is, maar alsnog wil ik jullie een showcase geven. Dat wilde ik eigenlijk van het weekend al doen, maar vrijdag, zaterdag én zondag zaten vol met familieverplichtingen dus ik ben er simpelweg niet aan toe gekomen. Maar omdat ik toch wat toffe boeken heb (één in het bijzonder waar ik superduper mega blij mee ben, je weet welke ik bedoel als je me op instagram volgt, dus als je dat nog niet doet, moet je dat misschien gaan doen) wilde ik jullie niet langer laten wachten. So let’s go!
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Review: ArchEnemy

6178354 Auteur: Frank Beddor
Titel: ArchEnemy
Serie: The looking glass wars #3
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Retelling van Alice in Wonderland
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2009
ISBN: 9780803731561
Aantal bladzijden: 370
Gelezen: Juli 2016
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Omslagtekst
Imagine this…
The power of imagination has been lost!

Now it’s all about the artillery as AD52s, crystal shooters, spikejack tumblers, and orb cannons are unleashed in a war of weapons and brute force.

As Alyss searches wildly for the solution to the disaster that has engulfed her queendom, Arch declares himself King of Wonderland. The moment is desperate enough for Alyss to travel back to London for answers, where Arch’s assassins are threatening Alice Liddell and her family. But after coming to the Liddells’ assistance, Alyss discovers herself trapped in a conundrum of evaporating puddles. The shimmering portals that exist to transport her home through the Pool of Tears are disappearing!

What is happening in Wonderland? Deep within the Valley of Mushroom the Caterpillar Oracles issue this prophecy: “Action shall be taken to ensure the safety of the Heart Crystal. For Everqueen.” But who is Everqueen?

As the metamorphosis of Wonderland unfolds, enemies become allies, bitter rivals face off, and Queen Alyss and Redd Heart must both confront their pasts in this thrilling, no-holds-barred conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series.
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