The little boy in this book, Digory Kirke, has his own "Wonderland" type adventure visiting another world. His is the happy ending of such adventures, growing up to encourage the next generation of children to have adventures of their own and to experience magic and enchantment of the best kind.
The Victorians invented children and disturbing children's novels.
I went ahead and included the annotated Martin Gardner version here as well, because as Michial rightly said - unless you're a Victorian or Victorian scholar, there is a lot you will miss culturally just reading the Lewis Carroll text.
Over on the flagship's website, Coyle Neal (of The City of Man fame) gives us an overly kind shoutout in his review of Treasure Island (The rare Disney movie that was live first and animated later, but we'll get to that when we get to Treasure planet)
If metamodernism or postmodernism met the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, and he demanded, "Who are you?" how would they answer? We may never know, but you'll have a better imaginative guess after listening to this.
Postmodernism is a slippery concept, but you can desplippify it with this handy audio guide. Then you can decide for yourself how postmodern, modern, protopostmodern, or otherwise 1951's Alice In Wonderland is.
Michial mentioned during our Snow White episode that listeners of the Christian Humanist will recall that he is not a Tolkien fan. Well, if you didn't recall that - here's the episode you need to get up to speed.