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

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  58,979 ratings  ·  1,307 reviews
Features dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and the back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom, which depict order turned upside-down - a baby turns into a pig; time is abandoned at a disordered tea-party; and a chaotic game of chess makes a seven-year-old girl a Queen.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published June 30th 1994 by Penguin Books (first published 1871)
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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
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Manny
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
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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)
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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
Mariel
Dec 04, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Nikki
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
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Jamie is
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
Gebanuzo
Me atrevo a decir que he disfrutado más este libro que "Alicia en el país de las maravillas", me he reído más entre estas lineas, son maravillas las disolvencias que se dibujan entre las acciones, permitiendo fundir y fluir la historia. Llena de fantasía, irónias y metáforas; ¡es un libro encatador! ahora sigp preguntándome ¿Quién lo soñó? ¿o lo está soñando? quizá este momento es parte de ese sueño, del mío, o del tuyo.
Vishakha Motwani
Well another good read after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this time Alice has a new sort of a wonderland "Through the looking glass", which is as bonkers as the first wonderland she visited. Of course it's nonsensical, that's what makes it a good read. It's just that I somehow like the fact that the characters and the chapters are not related to each other, it is hard to find a moral of the story, which is exactly what you need sometimes; you really don't want to understand what you're read ...more
Benjamin Duffy
Kids’ books: they don’t write ‘em like this anymore, if in fact they ever did.

I know that this is supposed to be a kind of mirror-image response to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but I found it decidedly trippier. Where Alice kept a fairly consistent tone throughout, this book constantly goes in and out of focus: one moment, things are more or less lucid (yet still absurd, of course), very much in the style of Alice. Then the next moment, the reader is plunged into the queasy uncritical miasm
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Michael
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
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Unlike, for example, Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince" or Charles Kingsley's "The Water-Babies" where fantasy is utilized to give some insights into the human condition, this book by Lewis Carroll is just fantasy for the sake of fantasy. Had this been written today, it would be very easy to label the stories here as drug-induced hallucinations. Even the chess here violates the rules of the game. If the Beatles have their "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds" (reportedly written by one of ...more
Kristen
Loved Lewis Carroll's writing style obviously. The whole story being a dream (spoiler alert! (but its kinda obvious anyways)), it makes sense that the novel is a pile of jumbled and basically completely unrelated and unconnected events and its quite enjoyable. Half the time while reading this, I had no idea what exactly was taking place and the story is fuuuuuuuuuullll of riddles, but that's the fun of it. I shall like to re-read it another time to spend time really trying to solve those riddles ...more
Laarni
I can imagine the confusion that Alice felt as she met various characters and went to diverse places in the looking glass - I felt the same confusion as I traveled with her. Really, I was so confused about what was happening or why it was happening that I couldn't feel the same wonderful surprise she felt throughout the book.

This book is like a compilation of short stories with themes as many and as varied as the characters and the settings. These ever-changing settings and characters represent
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Gaijinmama
Really fun and trippy. What a wild imagination Lewis Carroll had! There is no actual historical evidence that he used drugs but...seriously what was he on??!!
Many of everyone's favorite bits from the various film versions (Jabberwocky, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee) are from this book, not Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, so I highly recommend reading this one. It was a little hard for my kids to understand but Mommy here had a great time with it!
Isai T.
Había olvidado que tenía el libro 'on hold' y fue un error. Disfruté muchisimo más este libro que el país de las maravillas. Es tan ligero, divertido y sin sentido.

Y debo admitir que puso mucho a prueba mi inglés básico, logrando a la vez que me enamorara más del idioma, con todos los poemas y juegos de palabra.
Olethros
-Deliciosa carne de diván de psicoanálisis, pero sólo si se quiere, no se sienta obligado.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Jugando con su gatito negro, Alicia descubre que puede atravesar el espejo que hay sobre la chimenea de la habitación, entrando a una versión alterada y fantástica de su propia realidad y de sus fantasías. Continuación, aunque se puedan leer independientemente, de “Alicia en el país de las maravillas”.

¿Quiere saber más de este libro de este libro, sin spoiler
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Alex
Being the continuing adventures of Alice, and also being somewhat short I'm going to direct this one back to my general review of the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland . There's enough that's similar that it all applies.

There are differences here though. The sequel focuses both more on Alice's journey to the other side of the chessboard (rules of Chess - irrelevant!), an endeavour to become Queen (doesn't really end intelligibly but y'know, it's there). There's an even greater focus on poetry an
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Kyle
While markedly different from its predecessor, Through the Looking-Glass further cements Lewis Carroll's status as the ultimate writer of brilliant and imaginative children's fantasy. Of the two well-known Carroll masterpieces, Alice in Wonderland is most popular by name, but I would argue that Through the Looking-Glass has been more influential. The stories, themes and poetry from the book have seeped into our culture's conciousness. The jabberwocky, tweedle dee and tweedle dum, and countless o ...more
James
In many ways an improvement over Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. As that earlier books is one of the best novellas in the English language, it should come as no surprise that Through the Looking-Glass must therefore be a work of true sublimity, and indeed it is. Carroll's magisterial prose, delightfully logical nonsense, endlessly imaginative characters, and effectively economical storytelling all make this a classic. In addition, it contains several of the greatest poems in the language, from ...more
Ashley
I did not enjoy reading this book as much as the first book by Lewis Carroll. This book was difficult to follow since the looking-glass land is reversed. Also, there was no specific plot. Since Alice takes places in a live chess game, it was hard to predict what was coming next. In addition, it was difficult to understand the characters since they talk nonsense. One time the Red Queen in chess tried to explain to Alice how you have to run very fast to stay in one place because one section of the ...more
Asma
Not as good as the first one!!

And with one I'm not really sure if it is good for children. Well, I must have an experience with my own children when they and their father come!! Lol
Vane
Alice (yes, that Alice) + chess + more nonsensical things + Humpty Dumpty = Me like this:



This one is an enormous game of chess. I'm secretly proud that I can play chess. (My literary crush is a chess master) I actually like the game, though the last time I played it with someone that's not robotic was more than seven years ago.

*sighs*

Enough said.
Rachel
I loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland so I figured I would love this one too and I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as the other. It was fun and silly and easy to read but I'm not sure if I was rhymed out or just tired but I was having a hard time getting as engaged in the story as I did with Alice in Wonderland. It just didn't draw me in and I found that my mind would wander to other things as I was reading. It's OK though, I still really liked it
Jessica
Heresy, I know, but I believe I prefer THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS to ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Alice's movements across the chessboard, her encounters with the pieces, not to mention the lion and the unicorn, Humpty Dumpty, and others, just delight me. A lot of the first book is political satire, and though the tea party and the Queen of Hearts remain favorites, the Looking Glass World is far more fun.
Marina
My favorite part is when Humpty Dumpty tells Alice about the non-birthdays, it's a really great concept haha.

It's also great to imagine a parallel world in which things happen backwards, situations like having to dish out the cake before cutting it, and remembering things before they happen are possible in this world.

I enjoyed this book very much!
Kaion
So why did no one ever tell me that Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There was the not-so-good sequel that we don't much like to talk about?

I actually find it a little amazing I haven't read it before now, given that Alice in Wonderland is one of the few books I had in childhood that I still own. Somehow I didn't realize than Looking Glass was a separate book altogether until a college Children's Literature course (somehow I had managed to avoid the Disney film). So coming from th
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Rubi
After the first part... this is more of the same.
Not very interesting.
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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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