Author: Lewis Carroll
Publication Date: 1871
Review Score: 7/10
Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, and in this adventure we follow young Alice as she steps through a mirror into the opposite world that lies beyond it.
In this backwards place Alice encounters a living chess set and a world that is one giant chess board that she must traverse in order to become a queen. Along the way she meets Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and host of new characters that sing, dance and of course talk back!
In this second Alice novel, Lewis Carroll continues to charm the reader with his nonsensical, loopy and just plain insane ideas! The characters are just as mischievous and everything they do is upside-down, back-to-front and the wrong-way-round.
As with the first novel, Through the Looking Glass had me laughing out loud on almost every page with unfathomable ideas that just baffle the mind. I was delighted to find Carroll was no less ingenious with the second novel and yet again astounded with the originality of the book.
Given that it is the original and so brilliant, I think I do still prefer Alice’s Adventured in Wonderland, but Through the Looking Glass is still a fantastic novel and well deserving of its place on the 1,001 Books to Read Before you Die list.
The one thing I am surprised by is the fact that there hasn’t been a big Hollywood film version of Through the Looking Glass yet, although given my fondness for books over films I am quite glad about that!
Would love to hear all your thoughts of Through the Looking Glass and if you thought it was as Good as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?