The Blue Blot

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Why is a Raven like a Writing-Desk? ~ 150 Year old brilliant Nonsense (in 30 Quotes)

Tea Party by John Tenniel, 1872

( ‘Mad tea party’, engraving by John Tenniel, 1872 )

Lots can be said, and pages can be written about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; and so there has been: Discussion groups, book reviews and complete studies after the symbolism used in the book – by adults, of course.

For children this primarily remains a wonderful story; and for them, all over the world, available in well over 170 languages by now, this often means a certain revelation in the process of one’s thinking, and learning, and especially a healthy dose of doubting life’s logic. This book, filled with the most fantastic literary nonsense, has given so many wisdoms and picker-uppers; it sticks with you through life and provides the only true answers in chaotic and difficult times. For me at least it has – and is.

By this selection of my favourite (and often used) quotes, I am posting my posthumous congratulations and thank you to Lewis Carroll, who wrote this masterpiece (this very year:) 150 years ago. And a special thank you to Alice, White Rabbit, Dodo, Eaglet, Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, March Hare, Hatter – in short: All of them, for their continuing enrichment of so many young lives – and that for so many generations past and coming.

One could only wish for every child to be introduced to this book; so that they too can always ponder about the most brilliant riddle of all:

Why is a raven like a writing-desk?

(I still haven’t the slightest idea…)


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