Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

By Melanie Benjamin

Few works of literature are as universally liked as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, during this spellbinding historic novel, we meet the younger lady whose vibrant spirit despatched her on an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole–and the grown girl whose tale isn't any much less enthralling.

But oh my pricey, i'm bored with being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s existence has been a richly woven tapestry: As a tender girl, spouse, mom, and widow, she’s skilled excessive ardour, nice privilege, and bigger tragedy. yet as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she is familiar with that, to the area round her, she is and should regularly be purely “Alice.” Her lifestyles used to be completely dog-eared at one fateful second in her 10th year–the golden summer season day she prompt a grown-up pal to jot down one in all his fanciful stories.

That tale, a wild story of rabbits, queens, and a precocious younger baby, turns into a sensation internationally. Its writer, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does greater than immortalize Alice–he adjustments her existence ceaselessly. yet even he can't cease time, up to he may perhaps prefer to. And as Alice’s formative years slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances offers solution to the pressing tide of war. 

For Alice, the stakes couldn't be greater, for she is the mummy of 3 grown sons, infantrymen all. but whilst she stands to lose every thing she treasures, one a part of her will consistently be the made up our minds, undaunted Alice of the tale, who found that existence past the rabbit gap was once an superb journey.

A love tale and a literary secret, Alice i've got Been brilliantly blends truth and fiction to seize the passionate spirit of a lady who used to be actually useful of her fictional regulate ego, in an international as attractive because the Wonderland basically she may encourage.

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16 This was his last fling at European unity. Enthusiasm for a European solution waned. In February 1949 a less federalist EDM won support from under 60 Labour MPs, all but nine of whom had signed the April 1948 motion. The mainstream Left’s interest in European federalism was thus ephemeral. After 1950 it disappeared from the leftwing agenda, even as an aspiration. The federalist Mackay was out of Parliament after 1951. Only the old Independent Labour Party tradition was still there, but weakening.

7 On 2 June Paris asked the six governments now involved to decide within 24 hours whether they would take part on the terms proposed. By now Bevin was in hospital and Attlee was on holiday. Cripps, who was more positive about the proposal, was also absent, sick. It fell to Bevin’s deputy Kenneth Younger to find acting Prime Minister Herbert Morrison in a restaurant with the news of the ultimatum. The latter’s reaction: ‘It’s no good. We cannot do it. 8 On 3 June the government issued a tight-lipped statement which concluded that, ‘an unhappy situation would arise if, having bound themselves to certain principles without knowing how they would work out in practice, they [the governments] were to find themselves, as a result of the discussion, compelled to withdraw from their undertakings’.

8 When peace came, Britain was separated from continental Europe not only by 20 miles of water and two centuries of imperial history, but by differing wartime experiences. The few neutrals apart, the continental countries, whether Allied or Axis, had one experience in common: military defeat and foreign occupation. Their political and judicial institutions had been destroyed by the occupier, their civil societies undermined, and their nation states subjected to his will. On the continent the nation state had failed in its primary function of protecting its citizens from external threat.

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