Review: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland #2

Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 1946 (originally pub in 1871)
Date Finished: 26-Mar-2017
Format: Hardback/eBook
Pages: 166
Genres: Classics, Fantasy, Childrens, Juvenile
Source: Library Booksale / Serial Reader App
Rating:3 star
Reading Challenges: Goodreads Challenge

Synopsis

“In 1865, English author CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, wrote a fantastical adventure story for the young daughters of a friend. The adventures of Alice-named for one of the little girls to whom the book was dedicated-who journeys down a rabbit hole and into a whimsical underworld realm instantly struck a chord with the British public, and then with readers around the world. In 1872, in reaction to the universal acclaim *Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland* received, Dodgson published this sequel. Nothing is quite what it seems once Alice journeys through the looking-glass, and Dodgson’s wit is infectious as he explores concepts of mirror imagery, time running backward, and strategies of chess-all wrapped up in the exploits of a spirited young girl who parries with the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and other unlikely characters. In many ways, this sequel has had an even greater impact on today’s pop culture than the first book.”

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Review

Just like with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this story was mildly interesting, but not entirely captivating. It was an entertaining read with many strange and quirky characters. Each chapter almost seemed to be an entirely separate short story because of how seldom the characters overlapped (aside from Alice). This book is full of confusing and nonsensical riddles and poems sang by strange creatures.

I decided to read this one, despite my less than raving review of the first, because I stumbled upon a hardback copy at my local library book sale. As it was illustrated, I couldn’t pass it up.

Compared to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I prefer Wonderland over the Looking-Glass world. This one seemed so limited and tiring for the character. I would still recommend this book to lovers of Alice’s Adventures.

 

About the Author

The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.

His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems “The Hunting of the Snark” and “Jabberwocky”, all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.

Oxford scholar, Church of England Deacon, University Lecturer in Mathematics and Logic, academic author of learned theses, gifted pioneer of portrait photography, colourful writer of imaginative genius and yet a shy and pedantic man, Lewis Carroll stands pre-eminent in the pantheon of inventive literary geniuses.

He also has works published under his real name.”

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2 thoughts on “Review: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

  1. I felt the same when I read Alice in Wonderland this past year. I was expecting fantastical world building, but didn’t feel like I got it? I liked the comparison to a collection of short stories! The first book felt a little bit like that too I think… there wasn’t much flow to the transitions. I am not sure if I will ever end up giving this one a go or not.

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