Interesting Facts about Lewis Carroll

This is a wonderful article on a literary and mathematical genius. Please read this, it is truly fascinating…!

Interesting Literature

Lewis Carroll (1832-98) is celebrated around the world as one of the great purveyors of ‘literary nonsense’: his books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) have entertained countless readers since they were published nearly 150 years ago. For many, the name ‘Lewis Carroll’ is synonymous with children’s literature.

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But ‘Lewis Carroll’ was really a man named Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a mathematician at Christ Church, Oxford. As such, he led something of a double life: to the readers of his Alice books he was Lewis Carroll, while to the world of mathematics and to his colleagues at the University of Oxford he was (Reverend) Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a man who formed his pen name by reversing his first two names (‘Charles Lutwidge’ became ‘Lewis Carroll’).

There is a famous anecdote about Carroll and Queen Victoria. Victoria enjoyed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so much that she requested a…

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The House of Silk

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Publish date: 1st November 2010

RRP: £7.99

 

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Anthony Horowitz, born in Middlesex, UK, is primarily a writer of children’s books and screenplays, most famously Foyle’s War and the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

Horowitz was chosen by the Conan Doyle Estate to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. In my opinion, he has more than done it justice.

This book is one of my personal favourites. I have always found the stories of Sherlock Holmes riveting and this was no exception.

The book is written from the point of view of Dr Watson throughout, never letting you into the mind of the master detective himself.

The opening chapter grips you immediately when Watson unveils that Sherlock Holmes has passed away and he is now able to account what he describles as a story “too shocking to reveal until now”.

Horowitz has a wonderful talent for creating suspense, making this particular book almost impossible to put down. Whilst allowing the reader to build a vivid picture of the late 19th Century London setting in thier mind, all the action unfolds as two contrasting mysteries merge unexpectedly into one.

This incredible novel will keep you guessing as you read every word, but noone could predict the twist in Sherlock’s most shocking investigation yet.

With the structure of this book very similar to that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Horowitz creates truly memorable characters whilst depicting every detail of brutal murders, chases and mind boggling escapes.

Overall, this book is a real suspense thriller well worth reading, whether you are a Sherlock Holmes fan or not. This is a story you will never forget.

My Rating: 5

Malice in Wonderland

Director: Simon Fellows

Writer: Jayson Rothwell

Producers: Mark Williams & Albert Martinez Martin

Starring: Maggie Grace, Danny Dyer, Matt king, Paul Kaye, Nathaniel Parker & Gary Beadle

Release Date: 30th December 2010

Certification: 15

Run Time: 1h 27min

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After reading reviews on this film it seems it is what I call a marmite topic. You either love it, or hate it.

Most people will recall the well-known Lewis Carrol story from their childhood. This film portrays a darker side of this beloved book.

Replacing Carrol’s “Wonderland” with an underground “gangster’s paradise” filled with eccentric characters and abstract surroundings.

This is definitely action-packed and filled with many humorous one liners. Replacing every character you thought you knew with gangsters, mob bosses, geezers and prostitutes.

A brief plot:

A young girl, running from her pursuers, is knocked down by black cab driver Whitey (Danny Dyer) and loses her memory. After taking pills from a bottle labelled “For your Head” she begins to recover fragments of her memory. Mob Boss Harry Hunt is having a “Coming Out” party and between assisting Whitey in finding the perfect present and trying to discover herself, she travels all over this dark and dangerous wonderland meeting human representations of the well-known characters from the classic book. This film takes you on a journey through “the land that time forgot” where time is truly of the essence. The acting is cartoon-like, reflecting the book in many ways.

When watching this film, keep an open mind and get ready to discover a whole new wonderland,

like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Simon Fellows and his team will make you want to watch this film again and again.

My Rating: 4