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

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  66,163 Ratings  ·  1,489 Reviews
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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J.G. Keely
Aug 03, 2011 J.G. Keely rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2015 Mahdi rated it really liked it
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."
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
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
Nov 09, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing
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
Aribowo Sangkoyo
Jul 13, 2009 Aribowo Sangkoyo rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2015 Brian rated it liked it
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
Jan 15, 2016 Alexxy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
'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.'
Nov 18, 2015 Laurence rated it really liked it
I love Alice so, so, so much!
Oct 20, 2013 Nikki rated it did not like it
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
Dec 04, 2010 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
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
Jan 24, 2016 Dominique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know what youre thinking about, said Tweedledum: but it isnt so, Contrawise, continued Tweedledee, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isnt, it aint. Thats logic. ...more
Jamie is
Nov 30, 2007 Jamie is rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2014 Gebanuzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Benjamin Duffy
Aug 17, 2011 Benjamin Duffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya, e-books
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
Vishakha Motwani
Feb 06, 2016 Vishakha Motwani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
I think that 'Alice in Wonderland' is still my favourite, but 'Through the Looking Glass' is a pretty good story, too. It's just as weird and crazy, and for that reason so much fun. I absolutely loved all the poetry pieces that Lewis Carrol wrote and included in this book. 'Jabberwocky' just can't not impress you. But plotwise, for me, the first book worked better and it's got the most amazing characters, while the characters in 'Through the Looking Glass' seem not that memorable or extraordinar ...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
Jan 07, 2015 Kristen rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 16, 2013 Laarni rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, classic, children
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
Apparently Lewis Carroll wrote this book while teaching the real Alice Liddel to play chess. Makes me wish I knew how to play.

The book was pretty fun, basically the same stuff we saw in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When I saw the movie Coraline it kind of reminded me of this book - the whole idea of passing into another realm where everything appears to be the same, but is really completely different. Of course, Coraline makes it very clear that this alternate world is bad news (unlike Ali
Oct 04, 2010 Gaijinmama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kids
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!
Jen! AKA Combustible reviews
Jan 27, 2016 Jen! AKA Combustible reviews rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents with young children
Shelves: 2016
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As the blurb says this is Alice’s second adventure. I read the first a long while ago and remember enjoying it.

However, this second book seems to have no connection the previous one. At first, I though perhaps Alice has amnesia, but it seems I gave the book too much credit.

The writing is delightful and playful and enjoyable with lots of plays on words and interesting characters. Except for one major issue.

There is literally no plot. AT ALL. It is
Nov 23, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
"Through the Looking Glass" was just as much of a pleasure and a puzzle as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". I had not realized that many of the elements of the classic story we think of (thanks to Disney's retelling) are featured primarily throughout "Looking Glass." Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Jabberwocky & Walrus and the Carpenter poems are first given here, as well as the talking flower bed. While I enjoyed the different take and elements to Carroll's sequel, I wasn't as big a fan o ...more
Isai T.
Nov 30, 2014 Isai T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english
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.
Yana Polishko
Jul 26, 2015 Yana Polishko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 30, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
I have read this book countless times, but never reviewed it. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There is in many ways even more entertaining than Alice in Wonderland, though also a bit less tight than the earlier classic. Where Alice tells a more cohesive story, its sequel has more interesting individual sketches, such as Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, Humpty-Dumpty, and the Lion and the Unicorn. Come to think of it, I'll probably read it a few more times -- if I should live so long.
Jun 25, 2014 Olethros rated it really liked it
-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
Oct 08, 2015 cissy rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Lovely
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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?”
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turn your toes out when you walk---
And remember who you are!”
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