Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #2)
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Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #2)

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In 1865, English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, wrote a fantastical adventure story for the young daughters of a friend. The adventures of Alice-named for one of the little girls to whom the book was dedicated-who journeys down a rabbit hole and into a whimsical underworld realm instantly struck a chord with the British public, and then wit...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published April 23rd 1993 by Books of Wonder (first published 1871)
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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 in my book If R...more
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...more
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
Liz*
“In a wonderland they lie,
dreaming as the days go by”




Six Impossible Things:
1. I finish college this year
2. I found 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)
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...more
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
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
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...more
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!
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...more
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...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...more
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
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
Gebanuzo
Me atrevo a decir que he disfrutado más este libro que "Alicia en el país de las maravillas", me reido más entre estas lineas, las disolvencias que se dibujan en las acciones, que te pasan de una acción a otra son maravillas, permitiendo fundir y fluir la historia. Llena de fantasia, irónias y metaforas; ¡es un libro encatador! ahora ¿Quién lo soñó? ¿o lo está soñando? Quizá este momento es parte mi sueño, o quizá del tuyo.
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...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Okay, so I didn't enjoy Alice's Adventures in Wonderland but I had a free audio of Through the Looking Glass voiced by Miriam Margolyes, and I thought, why not?



Becoming a chess piece in a weird larger than life chess game is an intriguing concept echoed by a British BBC2 children's TV show (Words and Pictures, I think) about 25 years ago, and later by J.K. Rowling with Harry Potter. Moving to each new square was an adventure into an unknown wilderness never knowing who or what you were going t...more
Elizabeth Moffat
The two books which tell the story of Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass always bring back happy memories for me as I was given for my seventh birthday a beautiful hardback of The Complete Illustrated Works of Lewis Carroll by my aunt, and spent many a happy hour in Alice’s weird and wonderful world. When Chrissi Reads and I decided to do a Kid-Lit challenge in 2013, I knew Alice in Wonderland had to be on there, and now we are repeating the challenge this year, Through The Lookin...more
Truly
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by
Dreaming as the Summers die

Kalau saja lorong waktu seperti yang ada dalam Pilih Sendiri Petualanganmu benar-benar ditemukan, mungkin saya juga akan ada dalam daftar antrian orang-orang yang ingin masuk . Tujuannya kembali ke sekitar zaman saya SD. Tak lupa berbekal uang yang berlaku di zaman itu. Lalu saya akan memborong buku-buku yang harganya menjadi murah meriah jika dibandingkan harga saat ini. Jadi anak-cucu bisa punya peninggalan antik......more
rhea
I loved reading this and talking about it in class. The plays on words and the puns just as fun as you'd expect. The chess feel was interesting, even for someone who only slightly understand chess. I also really enjoyed it because I got to remember what was written in this book and what was taken for movies, i.e. Disney's, and combined for a fun kids' movie. It was also interesting to think back and try and remember what I thought as a kid and think about how I've always thought "Tweedledee and...more
David Sarkies
Hot on the tails of the rabid success of Alice in Wonderland comes the similar, but somewhat different, sequal. The absurdity of this volume is of the same scope as the original, but in many cases, being a sequal, 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 goal that she had to rea...more
Jason
I had never read a book on my iPad, but have been wanting to try it as an e-reader for some time. I chose "Through the Looking Glass" because (1) it was free, (2) it was short, and (3) it was on my [long] list of classics I wanted to read but never had. The result was a 4-star experience all around (both for the book, and reading on the iPad).

Like The Princess Bride, it is hard to divorce my feelings about the reading of the book from my cultural familiarity with the story. That said, I am proba...more
Shawn Fairweather
The amount of imagination utilized by Carroll in the sequel to Alice in Wonderland is absolutely staggering, however coherent it is not. I understand that the concept was to utilize the actual concept of "literary nonsense" as so eloquently used years later by Dr. Seuss to tell a story. however so me it reads as if Carroll delved feet first into surrealist interpretation of his own dreams and put them to paper in a certain order that can be followed. While reading both works, I often got the imp...more
Kristen
I think I may have liked this one better than Alice in Wonderland. These books have such a clever spin on words!! I love it. It is so imaginative - Carroll was so creative. I wish I could have an imagination like that.

I felt this story flowed better than Wonderland, and it also was full of riddles, or plays on words. For instance, the Red Queen (or is it the White?) asks Alice, if you take away a dog, and you take away its bone, what's left?" And Alice thinks for a moment and says, "I guess not...more
Makii
Sigo insistiendo! No creo que Alicia... sea un cuento para chicos. La trama por momentos se vuelve un tanto inconfundible. En ambos libros. Creo que Alicia tiene una mentalidad muy extraña para ser una niña.
En este libro, la historia transcurre "Al otro lado del espejo". Un mundo mágico, lleno de personajes complejos y diferentes de la realidad. Pero como sabemos que nuestra realidad es la realidad verdadera? Una gran partida de ajedrez(que si no sabes de ajedrez te cuenta seguir el hilo), una...more
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The Rev. 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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