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Through The Looking Glass, Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #2)

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When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer's afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the char ...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Konecky & Konecky (first published 1871)
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"But are you really pro-life?" asked Alice. "Because you know, I've heard pro-life people talk before, and they sound quite different."

"When I use a word," Trumpty Drumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Trumpty Drumpty, "which is to be master — that's all."

Alice was too puzzled to reply to this, so she thought she ha
Feb 19, 2016 Bangadybangz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love children's stories, you will love Through the Looking Glass.
If you love magic, you will love Through the Looking Glass.
If you love words, you will love Through the Looking Glass.
I love Through the Looking Glass.
J.G. Keely
I think that the failure not only of Children's Literature as a whole, but of our very concept of children and the child's mind is that we think it a crime to challenge and confront that mind. Children are first protected from their culture--kept remote and safe--and then they are thrust incongruously into a world that they have been told is unsafe and unsavory; and we expected them not to blanch.

It has been my policy that the best literature for children is not a trifling thing, not a simplific
Ahmed  Ejaz
Life, what is it but a dream?

I had guessed that this story would also take place in dream. And surprisingly I was right..yay!

Just like Alice In The Wonderland, I couldn't connect with this book also. Writing was dull. Just like the last book.
But this book did make an improvement in adventures. Those were faaar better than Alice in the Wonderland.
I liked the concept of Chess game. I liked the World of Looking-Glass. But I think Wonderland was little better. This was also great. Don't kn
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Annotated Alice (6) versus 1984 (22)

- Good morning, Mr... Dumpty, I believe it was?

- Correct. Humpty Dumpty at your service.

- Well, we hope you soon will be. I must admit, we don't normally like to employ egghead intellectuals... no offence intended...

- None taken.

- ... but you are so extremely well qualified to take over as editor of the Newspeak Dictionary that, ah, we thought we'd make an exception.

The rest of this review is available elsew
آلیس گفت: "توی سرزمین ما، اگه یه مدت طولانی با سرعت بدوی، میرسى به یه جای دیگه."
ملکه قرمز گفت: "چه سرزمین کوچیکی! اینجا باید با تمام سرعت بدوی تا بتونی همونجا که هستی بمونی."
Apr 27, 2016 Irena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the strangest dream.
I dreamed I found myself in Wonderland, went there trough the looking glass, but while I was there, I couldn't remember what Wonderland looked like.

After I woke up, I decided it was the best time for me to finally read this book and find my answers.

When I was growing up, I liked watching Trough the Looking Glass animated movie better then Alice in Wonderland, even if it wasn't Disney's.

Now when I was reading it, some pictures from that movie came to my mind, I was remin
Liz* Fashionably Late
“In a wonderland they lie,
dreaming as the days go by”

Six Impossible Things:
1. I finish college this year
2. I find a guy who is both strong and loyal as Dimitri (VA) and handsome as Reyes (Charley Davidson), delicious as Barrons (Fever) and swoon worthy as Jamie (Outlander)
3. I eat all the ice cream I want and it all goes to my boobs
4. I read for a living.
5. I go to the gym
6. I don't fall sleep in the most unusual places (e.g. waiting in the line for the bathroom)
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 21, 2011 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Alice in Wonderland was almost an institution at our house - but nobody knew about this book. I was tantalised for years by references to it in various other books, and finally succeeded in locating it in a local bookstore.

The looking-glass world is, IMO, weirder than the one underground and decidedly creepier (the Jabberwock and those two blackguards, the Walrus and the Carpenter). Also, it contains two of my favourite poems. In fact, Jabberwocky might be the finest nonsense poem ever written i
Eric Boot
Jul 07, 2016 Eric Boot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
---4.5 stars--- Amazing classics :) Alice is one of the greatest characters ever invented!
May 31, 2016 AMEERA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
absolutely loved it
Apr 11, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Moram da priznam da sam dosta razocaran sa ovim nastavkom. Sa jedne strane situacije koje imamo su odlicne, likovi koje srecemo raznovrsni i vredni pamcenja (Hampti Dumpti :) ) i sama igra reci je vrhunska ali narativna nit koja ih sve povezuje je daleko slabija. Sjedne strane daleko vise lici na san ali meni licno je sve bilo nabacano zbrda zdola i ponekad sam se naterao da nastavim dalje ali bih se onda odusevio sa novim situacijama i tako u kreug.

Vredno citanja sa predivnim crtezima ali
Jul 27, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy things take place in wonderland, where Alice takes a second visit through the looking glass. Imagination on the other side stands still, things happen with no reason (or they are reasonable in their own way!!). I think Wonderland has inspired many other works of art and it is lovely to take another visit. This edition is also illustrated (in grayscale).
David Sarkies
Playing Chess
4 June 2013

Hot on the tails of the rabid success of Alice in Wonderland comes the similar, but somewhat different, sequel. The absurdity of this volume is of the same scope as the original, but in many cases, being a sequel, it seems to lack some of the uniqueness of the original. One thing I noticed with regards to the original is that there simply did not seem to be any plot. Thus, the absurdity of the entire volume was complete. There was no reason for Alice to be there, and no
Sep 21, 2015 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
3.5 Stars

I read this with the high expectations I developed reading the first book. As a standalone read, the book shows high quality. However (only my opinion here of course) when I compare this with the first I feel some disappointment. The book is funny, with an overwhelming amount of wordplay and word riddles/ puzzles. Also, the ideas captivate the imagination: a melting looking glass, going to the other side, a land set as a chessboard, everything going backwards so you think of memories a
Aribowo Sangkoyo
It colorfully details the sham that is organized religion. The Walrus - with his girth and good-nature - obviously refers to either the Buddha, or - with his tusks - the lovable Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. This takes care of the Eastern religions. The Carpenter is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was purportedly raised the son of a carpenter. He represents the Western religions. And in the poem. what do they do? They dupe all the oysters into followmg them. Then. when the oysters ...more
'And when I found the door was shut,
I tried to turn the handle, but-'

There was a long pause.
'Is that all?' Alice timidly asked.
'That's all', said Humpty Dumpty. 'Goodbye.'
Oct 20, 2013 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope, nope, nope, don't like it, can't like it, don't want to like it.

Well, actually, probably if I had a really good annotated edition and an in-depth class on it, I could learn to appreciate it. But Lewis Carroll's nonsense just drives me bonkers, and how I'm going to write my essay on this, I don't know. The books are very well done, considering the idea is that they're Alice's dreams (spoiler!) and they definitely manage dream logic very well, but that's not something I'm interested in readi
Apr 25, 2015 Laurence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Alice so, so, so much!
Feb 21, 2016 Arwa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it's because I haven't got much sleep lately or this book is as strange as I think it is. I do understand that it is Alice in wonderland and it's supposed to be that way but at least in the movie we had a clear purpose, in the book we just stumbled upon things without even having the time to get to know the characters.
Chuurun Ien
A bit less magical than the wonderland. Although I can't quite point out what went wrong.
Chester Dean
Jul 17, 2016 Chester Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, books-2016

Si recordamos, en Alicia en el país de las maravillas, ella mencionaba mucho a su gata Dina, pues en éste libro conoceremos a los gatitos de Dina, uno blanquito y uno negrito, y ésta jugando con el gato negro cuando decide ver qué habrá más allá del espejo, para ver si ahí las cosas son iguales.

Y pues no, como aprendimos con el primer libro, nada de lo que le sucede a Alicia tiene sentido alguno, así que en ésta vez no es la excepción y conoceremos a personajes extravagantes como Humpty Dump
Olivia-Savannah Roach
Oh dear, I disliked this one even more than the first one. It was just as nonsensical, but even more so if that was possible. Unlike the first book this one was harder for me to follow, and because of that I got bored in some places and it was pretty hard for me to work my way through this book as short as it is.

I loved the poetry though. I have to say, even if I am not one for Lewis Carroll’s stories, I definitely love his poetry. There were poems scattered throughout this story all the way and
Dec 03, 2007 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thought I saw you down the rabbit hole
Recommended to Mariel by: Thought I saw you in the mirror
Lewis Carroll was not indifferent to the reader but I have enormous difficulty in picturing Alice as Alice Hargreaves, the once young girl that Dodson famously wrote a story for. Why does she get attention or credit? She was there. Maybe she got a huge kick out of the story like the rest of the fans. Sorry, lost my train of thought. Anyway, I doubt it was Watership Down by Richard Adams. That was true interactive creating with his kids story as incurable humanity. I lived in that world too. Or t ...more
Jamie is
Nov 30, 2007 Jamie is rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favebooks
you must get a copy of this with the original tenniel illustrations. an all-time favorite of mine, have bought several editions of this over the years. currently am re-reading it as i found a copy on a discount rack in a train station in haifa (so hard to find reasonably priced books here!). over the years, i extract something different from these stories each time i read them, whether its a finer appreciation of certain aspects of its humor, a different interpretation of the events, or understa ...more
Kyriakos Sorokkou
And with this book I declare the end of my #readkidslit challenge.
I was initially going to read 9 books but I ended up reading 12.

Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Alice climbs through a Looking Glass (mirror) in a world that mirrors ours but of course with nonsensical sense.
There are a few returning characters with different names like Mad Hatter (Hatta), and March Hare (Haigha) but Alice doesn't recognise them. Also Alice's cat Dinah gave birth to tw
Paula W
Jun 26, 2016 Paula W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The lesser known and lesser loved Alice book, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There made me fall in love with Wonderland. Shhhh, I might have liked this as much, or more, than the first one.

In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, we get our first glimpse of the Wonderland madness. We met the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts. But in this one, we meet the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedeldum, the Jabberwocky, and the Walrus and the Ca
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I enjoyed the audiobook version for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (My Review) so much that I was happy to get the Playaway for this. The narrator is the same, and she's great. She is awesome with the varied voices. She made this more enjoyable than it would have been had I read this book.

I enjoyed this slightly less than the first book. I think this had too many poems and songs for my taste. While I enjoy poetry, I'm not a big fan of it taking over a prose narr
I enjoyed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so it was only natural for me to want to read the sequel “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There”. I have to say, comparing the two that I’m disappointed in ‘Through the Looking-Glass’. All the wit and enjoyment I received from ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ seemed to be missing from “Through the Looking-Glass”. Lewis Carroll did employ some interesting writing techniques into the book including frequent changes in time and spatial d ...more
Alice dreams a creative, witty mirror-world behind the looking-glass, where nursery rhymes come to life, scenes and creatures shapeshift, phrases are taken literally, mad ideas, puzzles and silly poetry abound. But. While Alice herself is charming and considerate, everyone she encounters is self-absorbed, mad, and often mean. They constantly interrupt, lecture, patronize her, put her down, correct her, talk at her. I felt like I was in a suffocating nightmare. Despite the brilliance of the word- ...more
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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.

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“In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream- Lingering in the golden gleam- Life, what is it but a dream?”
“Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing--
turn your toes out when you walk---
And remember who you are!”
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