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By Gregory Maguire

ISBN-10: 0062410822

ISBN-13: 9780062410825

From the multi-million-copy bestselling writer of depraved comes a paranormal new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, released to coincide with the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's Carroll's liked classic.

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole one hundred fifty years in the past, she discovered a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent principles and abrasive egos because the global she left at the back of. yet what of that global? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?

In this significant paintings of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his fantastic mind's eye to the query of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings outdated and new, providing a creative spin on Carroll's enduring story. Ada, a pal of Alice's pointed out in short in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is off to go to her pal, yet arrives a second too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her personal imperfect apprehension of reason and impact as she embarks on an odyssey to discover Alice and spot her accurately domestic from this surreal global less than the area. If Eurydice can ever be again to the fingers of Orpheus, or Lazarus will be raised from the tomb, maybe Alice could be again to lifestyles. both manner, every little thing that occurs subsequent is "After Alice."

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He saw the god Shiva in the form of a Lingam, reclining under the shade of a beautiful Kadamba tree. Indra built a huge canopy over this Lingam and the first modern temple came into being. The forest became in time the city of Madras. The Kadam festival in Orissa and West Bengal is celebrated by agricultural communities. On the eleventh day of the bright fortnight of Bhadra, the Kadam tree is planted ceremoniously. Leaves of the Sal tree are offered to it along with cucumber and vermilion. This is followed by music and dance.

This colour darkens as they age. The vermilion-tinged orange flowers are broad. They have crumpled petals and a red, fleshy calyx which remains on the fruit. The flowers grow at the end of branches. The fruit is a deep red berry. Its outer skin is hard and thick. Inside it has a great number of seeds, each in a small cell surrounded by carmine pink flesh. Once the fruit is ripe it splits open or laughs. The fruit is eaten. Its seeds are dried and made into a condiment for curries. Every part of the tree has medicinal properties.

A few years later the king, passing through the forest still in search of his wife, saw the ripe fruit and took it back with him to the palace as a novelty to show the courtiers. But as he passed it to his minister the fruit fell on the ground. From it emerged the daughter of the Sun God, the wife of the king. The royal pair were united and lived happily ever after. It is a large, evergreen tree with a densely rounded crown. The bark is thick, rough and flaking. The leaves are stiff, narrow, glossy and leathery and grow alternately.

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