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Through the Looking Glass (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 27 Sep 2007
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This time, Alice finds herself on a giant chess board in a backwards universe. She encounters flowers that talk, Humpty Dumpty and his nonsense, a loud snorer, Tweedledum and Tweedledee arguing, an knight inventing nonsensical items and very strange species of insects.
It's in this world that Alice is on her quest to the end of the chess board to become a queen. The book is packed with Poems, such as the classic The Walrus and the Carpenter, and the Knight's poem that has several names. Alice hears of the White Queen's logic: 'Jam tomorrow, jam yesterday but never jam today' and the way that she travels backwards (she starts screaming and then later she pricks her finger with a pin).
Overall, an excellent piece of nonsense with humour and poetry aside. I'm sure even adults would enjoy dwelling on the concepts Alice Through the Looking Glass describes.
Published originally in 1871, six years after the first book, "Through the Looking-Glass" takes place six months later in terms of the time which has passed for Alice. As with the first book, there are themes which run throughout Alice's adventure. Mirror image is certainly a key theme, both in terms of things which appear the same as well as being the opposite. Alice travels through the looking-glass, much of these adventures take place on a chessboard, where the white and red pieces mirror each other. Tweedledum and Tweedledee are mirrors of each other. There are also mirrors between the second and first book, obviously with Alice herself, and then the use of games in each story, involving two colors and Kings and Queens.
The book opens with Alice talking to her cats and deciding to try to go through the looking-glass, which she does and then she finds the poem "Jabberwocky" which she has to read with the use of a mirror. From there Alice goes outside and as with the first story she is attracted by a garden in the distance, and as with the first book, there are obsticles on her way there. She then meets the Red Queen which results in her joining the game of chess as a White Pawn.Read more ›
While I enjoy Alice in Wonderland, I get a much bigger kick out of this book. Frankly, the way that things work in the mirror world are very creative. Alice running toward something and winding up farther away, for example. And there's my favorite, the White Queen screaming in pain before she is pricked by a pin.
Frankly, I'd forgotten just how much of this book was stolen by Disney for their movie. This is where you'll find the idea of an unbirthday, for example.
I think this book also makes better use of the dream state. Some of what happens to Alice seems more like something that has happened in my dreams, so I could really identify.
Overall, there is a coherent plot this time instead of just Alice moving from one strange thing to another. True, there's still that, but there is a purpose behind her wandering.
Overall, this is a fun but very strange romp through a dream state. It's wacky enough to entertain kids of all ages.
The interweaving of the Nursery Rhyme Characters and the frequent fish poetry references does provide more continuity and a sense of sequential events than Alice's first adventure. I also appreciated the linking of the cat at the beginning and end of the story.
It does still feel like Carroll did way too many opium pipes in his time.
(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
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If you are after a copy of Through The Looking Glass then you can't really go wrong with this: it's a very good, and very tiny (thickness wise), copy of the children's book but it... Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by Naomi R
This is a must read for Alice fans but it's rather short, so don't expect your enjoyment to last too much.Published on 25 Nov. 2013 by Elisa
Well, I suppose I did get a reproduction of the original book, complete with Tenniel illustrations, which is what I wanted. But the quality! Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2011 by timewaster
Came quckly, was in great condition, very cheap and so I'm very happy. :D As I need more words I will mention that the book was one of the best I have ever read 'cos Lewis Carroll... Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2011 by Okiisama