Rated of 5
by Barbara H. (Alexandria, VA)
Alice was in Wonderland
Alice I Have Been is a fascinating study of human nature during the late19th and early 20th centuries and is well written, especially as a first book.
Written in 3 parts, the book follows Alice’s life from her childhood friendship with Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) to her unwilling but necessary foray into literary fame in her later years. Melanie Benjamin uses the few facts that are known about Alice to craft a story that is heart breaking.
Throughout the entire narrative, from childhood to late adulthood, Alice is genuine and believable.
Alice I Have Been is a novel that stands on its own, for at its core it is simply a moving story of a life blighted by the scrutiny of others. It is more than a story of a young woman famous for her relationship with an older man. The author has brought Alice to life.
I recommend it as a good read but be cautious and do not accept it as truth but only as fiction.