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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
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Jun 10, 08

bookshelves: children
Recommended to Maureen by: Bernice
Recommended for: everyone
Read in January, 1957

I first discovered Alice on a neighbor's bookshelf when I was eight years old. I remember sitting in the floor, reading her adventures for hours on end. Lewis Carroll had such a twisted imagination, it is no wonder these stories remain in print. I have to say, Jabberwocky from Through The Looking Glass, is one of my all-time favorite poems. I drove my parents crazy reciting,

"'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!..."

This is the kind of writing that fills children's minds with so many images, their brains explode. Carroll's characters are such a part of the broader culture, that are a part of virtually everyone's internal landscape. The most beloved are probably the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, and the Cheshire Cat but the Dormouse and the Mock Turtle are standouts to me. I wonder if Douglas Adams had Alice in mind at all when he started writing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Hmm... have to think about that one.
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Isabella Jabberwocky really is a brilliant piece. One of my all-time favourites too. He had a remarkable imagination...


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