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Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

Title: Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There

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?

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll

Publication Date: 1865

Review Score: 8/10

Sitting in the garden on a summer’s afternoon, Alice sees a white rabbit hop past, who seems very worried about the time. Without thinking about how she might get back out, Alice follows the rabbit down the rabbit-hole and tumbles into a strange and fantastical wonderland!

On her journey, Alice encounters animals that answer back, a never ending tea party and a royal family made out of a pack of cards. It also seems that no matter what she does, she keeps either growing to the size of houses or shrinking so small she might disappear!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a beautiful piece of literary nonsense, full of hilarious characters, truly bizarre situations and fantastical ideas that do bring true wonderment to the mind of the reader.

As we follow Alice’s journey into this weird and wonderful world, we get to experience the fairy tale with the same shock, surprise and excitement that she does. And even though so much of it just seems absolute, ridiculous nonsense, it doesn’t matter, as you can’t help but read it with a big grin on your face!

Although a children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can be and is enjoyed by people of all ages and has continued to be popular generation and generation. It has had so many different interpretations and been re-defined over and over, continually reminding us all of how original, remarkable and enjoyable Lewis Carroll’s wonderful ideas were.

This is a book I will definitely be reading to my kids one day and think it is an excellent addition to the 1,001 Books to Read Before you Die list! No matter how old you are, I guarantee that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will bring out a childlike smile in you.

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