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Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  123,227 ratings  ·  3,498 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 December 27th 1871)
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
*Reread July 2017*
Reread for booktube-a-thon 2017! Do I really have to tell you I loved it? I think you should know that by now!

"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
can't reread one without the other


It’s not fair that I have to review this book.

I mean, no one is making me. Technically speaking, I am in no way obligated to review this. But also, in a much more real important way, because I am the one saying it: I absolutely must.

Because I love this book so goddamn much.


There’s only one way to do it.

By cheating.

Read my review of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so you understand the immensity o
Henry Avila
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alice at the ripe old age of seven and a half is still bored , as she plays with her adorable black and white kittens, yet she needs something better, again ignored by her older sister...wants more stimulation, excitement, yes adventures, so decides to go through a looking -glass and escape the tedium of everyday life of Victorian England...She will not be disappointed, in reality probably much too much for Alice's childish taste . The girl sees a magnificent garden and a twisting road leading t ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There = Alice through the Looking-Glass = Through the Looking-Glass (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #2), Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel (Illustrator), Peter Glassman (Afterword)

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a novel by Lewis Carroll, and the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865).

Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. There
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Goodreads having eaten my first review of this book, I need to hastily rewrite another. Basically Alice in Wonderland is the superior book, but not by much. Book 2 is proof that Lewis Carroll can make lightning strike twice.

In book 2, Alice finds herself through her mirror, and interacts with the kingly chess pieces. She goes out into the garden, not easily due to navigational problems. No wonder everything she achieves in that place is seen as a victory.

The characters in book 2 are not as memor
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A group read with my buddies.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."


The second adventure of Alice might be slightly less known than the first one, but this fact does not make it any less fun than the first one. And the poems are great, all of them with no exception.

So Alice went through a looking-glass in her room to find an almost identical mirror-ima
J.G. Keely
Aug 01, 2010 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
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.L.   Sutton
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and plunged Through the Looking Glass. At first, while it was enjoyable, not much seemed new about Alice’s continued adventures. However, Carroll’s inventive, evocative and fun use of language takes over and turns this into a different kind of adventure. Even if you haven’t read this one before (I count myself in this number), you should find that you’re familiar with the basic elements of the story (Alice’s adventures through a landscape drawn up as ...more
Settare (on hiatus)
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All kids, and fun grown-ups.
I love Through the Looking-Glass probably even more than Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Like the first book, events in Through the Looking-Glass just happen and they don't owe you any explanation, logic, or sense; and it's simply brilliant. It contains some of my favorite quotes, poems, puns and dialogues and I don't think I'll ever tire of it. I will re-read it many times myself, and if I ever have to read books to children this will definitely be on top of the list. This is the sort of chil ...more
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, full-lengths
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
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)
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
Aishu Rehman
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming book, full of surprising insights into the true meaning and historical background of various seemingly straightforward passages in the Alice books. So much so, that one wishes that there were more of these annotations.

That I had missed while growing up. It has lots of lessons that are currently applicable to people in their everyday life. For instance, the Cheshire Cat when Alice asked him where she should go. So many people in life don't know where they're going and so they just sett
Irena BookDustMagic
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Nandakishore Mridula
Sep 21, 2011 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
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childhood, classics
Alice goes into another world whose inhabitants are either chess pieces or characters from nursery ryhmes.

She meets Humpty Dumpty,Tweedledum and Tweedledee,among others.They are all either full of criticism or advice for Alice.

Maybe my expectations were higher,but the sequel is not half as good as the original.There are a few good lines but the magic that made Alice in Wonderland such a classic,is missing here.
David Sarkies
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
RJ - Slayer of Trolls
The second installment of Alice's nonsensical adventures is not quite as fun as the first, although we do meet Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Jabberwock and Bandersnatch get a mention, and Humpty Dumpty makes a cameo along with the King's horses and men. Chess is the overriding theme instead of croquet. Feel free to explore the themes to your heart's content, or just read it for entertainment. ...more
Eric Boot
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
---4.5 stars--- Amazing classics :) Alice is one of the greatest characters ever invented!
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 50.1253689 million stars. And a half.

This book. It makes me feel a teensy-tiny little bit like this:

And also a teensy-tiny little bit like this:

Because Pure Undiluted Cleverness and Absolute Sheer Brilliance (PUCaASB™) it is.

The end and stuff.

· Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ★★★★★
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 20, 2013 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
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I can see how children have loved this. Some clever poetry, too. As an adult, there wasn’t much to hold my interest and found my mind wandering.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating #1 from August 2015: 3 stars
Rating #2 from March 2018: 4 stars

It's kind of funny how I didn't enjoy Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as much the second time around but my opinion of Through the Looking Glass improved. What a mad world. ;)

Personally, I clicked with Looking Glass more because it's more logical and not as nonsensical as the first installment. Set some six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into
Katie Lumsden
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Utterly bizarre, but still enjoyable.
Although I don’t remember reading Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, I must have as so much of it was familiar. At first, it seemed a poor imitation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a typical sequel—trying to recapture the spirit of the original without success. Gradually I realized Carroll was after something else.

This isn’t Wonderland. This is ‘Looking-Glass’; Alice already achieved competence in ‘getting through’ or ‘getting on’ in effective decision-making last book.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Aribowo Sangkoyo
Jul 13, 2009 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
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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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