Monday, September 18, 2017

Reader's Diary #1671- D.C. Archibald: Down the Line

D.C. Archibald's "Down the Line" is a fractured fairy tale based on Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter and a particularly busy tea party. Actually, I'd say it's more of an homage than a fractured take; the latter of which I tend to think of as being slightly subversive to the original.

However, while D.C. Archibald's tale really (and wonderfully) captures absurdist humor of Carroll, I didn't see it as particularly subversive. Granted, he does veer from Carroll, introducing L. Frank Baum's Scarecrow and Tin Man characters into the mix (both of whom, let's face it, could easily fit in with the Alice in Wonderland crowd). Also, there is a some rather dark imagery at the end that could, I suppose be counted as a subversive twist. However, for the most part, I just thought it was a fun piece, a piece that could have been written by Lewis Carroll himself.

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