I was probably Lewis Carroll in my past reincarnation. ROFL. I simply love the guy.
I first read it when I was still in elementary school. Both the books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I've reread it again and again as I grew up, and kept finding new nuances to the story that wouldn't have made sense to me when I was younger.
It's simply something more than just children's literature.
Try finding Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark too.
Anyway, a proof to my obsession is that for our high school yearbook, we were allowed to have a personal motto.
Mine was:`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
BTW, dancerjack, I was addicted to learning Elvish (er.. Quenya) in High School too. Unfortunately, only one passage ever stuck to my mind:
"Laurie lantar lassi surinen
Golden fall the leaves in the wind
from the poem Namarie
I think Tolkein would've made me one of the Men from the East, hehe. I can still write Tengwar though, if given the alphabet table. hehe
P.S. I found the Cheshire cat creepy. Also Tweedledum and Tweedledee gave me nightmares when I was younger, I think. LOL And I hated the Caterpillar for other reasons...
I like the Dormouse, the Mad Hatter, and the March Hare. The Red Queen too.