Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
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You’ve all heard of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Then how about its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass? Once again, Carroll manages to fill the pages of this book with wonderfully absurd nonsense that is actually quite logical if you think about it. If you enjoyed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, then this second book is sure to delight you as well.
In this book, as the title suggests, Alice steps through the big looking-glass (just think about stepping into the world shown in your mirror) and into a curious world which she calls “Looking-Glass World”. The room that she steps into is quite like the room that she just came from, but the chess pieces, the flowers…they’re all alive. After exiting the house and venturing into the world outside, she meets the infamous Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, and the White Knight. Starting out as a pawn in the beginning of the book, she has many adventures and just manages to squeeze out of many troubles to make it to the Eighth Square and become a Queen.
I enjoyed this sequel, but not as much as I enjoyed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I liked how the whole book was based on the concept of a chess game, and I liked all the little nonsense poems that were randomly scattered in the book. Again, Carroll’s absurd characters happen to make sense in a very illogical way (Take a bone from a dog: what remains? The dog’s temper would remain. The dog would lose its temper and then if the dog went away, its temper would remain!). I like reading these little silly books that make me think, so, this classic is on the top of my book lists.
5/5 stars ***** (and I also enjoyed the Johnny Depp version of Alice in Wonderland :-))