Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

alice i have been by melanie benjamin

biographical HISTORICAL FICTION, 400 PP

Similar to treatments presented in the Girl in the Pearl Earring, Strapless, and The Painted Girls, Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin imagines the story behind the story of a piece of art or literature. Benjamin considers the back story of Lewis Carroll and his relationship with a friend’s daughters as an inspiration of the Alice character. It’s an interesting read which can be construed a bit disturbing, but goes a long way in explaining the creative mind of Lewis Carroll.

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“A fun read for a themed book club!” said Twiddle Dum.

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I have read several other Melanie Benjamin titles on my own or with my book club (The Girls in the Picture, Mrs. Tom Thumb, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, and most recently (as of November 2020), the Advance Reader Copy of The Children’s Blizzard (releases 1/12/21). While most of them are entertaining reads, I feel Benjamin pushes the limits into sliding more fiction into her accounts of historical events and people. As long as you understand that premise, you can approach the book knowing there may be limited clarifications of what is fact and what is fiction in the Author’s Notes. Alice I Have Been, in my opinion, is her best.

My full 4-star review of The Children’s Blizzard is on Goodreads as the publisher who gave me the ARC asked I post there.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Alice I Have Been

  1. When you use the word “disturbing” after mentioning Lewis Carroll’s relationship with someone else’s daughter’s my hackles go up. Is this a reference to pedophilia?

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