Alice in Wonderland, dir. Jonathan Miller
Disciples of the Reverend Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, might well cry heresy at the apparent liberties taken by Jonathan Miller in his 1966 television version of this most sacred of childhood stories. Filmed in stark black-and-white with woozy perspectives and Ravi Shankar’s sitar soundtrack jangling throughout, it sometimes seems more 1960s counter-culture than high-Victorian playfulness. And without a working knowledge of the original, you’d be hard-pressed to recognise individual characters from Carroll’s menagerie of all creatures weird and wonderful.
World of Glass, by Jocelyne Dubois, Quattro Books
Leaving la Ville Reine behind and her partner who has moved on, 30-year-old Chloé returns to her Québécois roots, landing a job at a fashion magazine selling ad space to high-end Montreal boutiques. This is a fresh start. She finds new love and explores la métropole, a city of dizzying possibilities. But there are indeed stresses, a lot to get used to. There is temptation and plenty of heady stimuli competing for attention. The reader, too, will experience this inability to focus through Dubois’ brilliant use of adjectives, once considered a no-no in fiction writing.