Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

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...

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Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There Reviews

  • J.G. 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

    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 simplification of the adult or a sillier take on the world. Good Children's literature is some of the most difficult literature to write because one must challenge, engage, please, and awe a mind without resorting to archetypes or life experience.

    Once a body grows old enough, we are all saddened by the thought of a breakup. We have a set of knowledge and memories. The pain returns to the surface. Children are not born with these understandings, so to make them understand pain, fear, and loss is no trivial thing. The education of children is the transformation of an erratic and hedonistic little beast into a creature with a rational method by which to judge the world.

    A child must be taught not to fear monsters but to fear instead electrical outlets, pink slips, poor people, and lack of social acceptance. The former is frightening in and of itself, the latter for complex, internal reasons. I think the real reason that culture often fears sexuality and violence in children is because they are such natural urges. We fear to trigger them because we cannot control the little beasts. We cannot watch them every minute.

    So, to write Children's Literature, an author must create something complex and challenging, something that the child can turn over in their mind without accidentally revealing some terrible aspect of the world that the child is not yet capable of dealing with. Carroll did this by basing his fantasies off of complex, impersonal structures: linguistics and mathematical theory. These things have all the ambiguity, uncertainty, and structure of the grown-up world without the messy, human parts.

    This is also why the Alice stories fulfill another requirement I have for Children's Lit: that it be just as intriguing and rewarding for adults. There is no need to limit the depth in books for children, because each reader will come away with whatever they are capable of finding. Fill an attic with treasures and the child who enters it may find any number of things--put a single coin in a room and you ensure that the child will find it, but nothing more.

    Of course, we must remember that nothing we can write will ever be more strange or disturbing to a child than the pure, unadulterated world that we will always have failed to prepare them for. However, perhaps we can fail a little less and give them Alice. Not all outlets are to be feared, despite what your parents taught you. In fact, some should be prodded with regularity, and if you dare, not a little joy.

  • 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!

  • Manny

    "But are you

    pro-life?" asked Alice. "Because you know, I've heard pro-life people talk before, and they sound

    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

    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

    "But are you

    pro-life?" asked Alice. "Because you know, I've heard pro-life people talk before, and they sound

    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

    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 had better change the subject.

    "That is a fine wall, Mr. Drumpty," she said after a while. "It must have cost you a great deal to build it."

    "It cost me nothing," said Trumpty Drumpty off-handedly. "Every single cent of it came from my friends in Mexico."

    "They must be very good friends," said Alice politely.

    "Not in the least," said Trumpty Drumpty. "But they had no choice, you see. First, I sent back all the illegal immigrants; and

    I said that if the Mexican government didn't pay for my wall, I'd stop those immigrants from wiring any money home."

    "But if you had sent them back," said Alice, who was now feeling even more puzzled, "then how—"

    "You ask too many questions, young lady," snapped Trumpty Drumpty. "This interview is now over."

    "

    is going right today!" Alice said to herself. "Oh, how I

    I hadn't taken that job with Fox News!"

  • emma

    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.

    BUT HOW AM I POSSIBLY EXPECTED TO PUT THAT LOVE INTO WORDS.

    There’s only one way to do it.

    By cheating.

    Read my review of

    so you understand the immensity of my love for these books (which I kind

    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.

    BUT HOW AM I POSSIBLY EXPECTED TO PUT THAT LOVE INTO WORDS.

    There’s only one way to do it.

    By cheating.

    Read my review of

    so you understand the immensity of my love for these books (which I kind of count as one book, spiritually, and only don’t actually count as one book for reading challenge purposes).

    But you still won’t really know how much I love these books, so you should probably read me scream more about it in my review of

    . And

    , for good measure.

    And also, you should read all of Shakespeare’s love sonnets, and the great love letters of history, and the collected works of Jane Austen. You should watch the bird scene from The Notebook, and the sad part from Titanic, and the scene in Say Anything when John Cusack holds the boombox over his head.

    All of those viewings are just to have a good laugh, though. And also to jam the f*ck out to In Your Eyes, a musical treasure.

    To reallyyyy understand, you should watch Booksmart and Safety Not Guaranteed and Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again!

    Perhaps through all of these reviews and readings and viewings, you can gain a passing understanding of how much I love Alice.

    Probably not, though.

    Bottom line: I HAVE TOO MUCH LOVE IN MY HEART.

    -------

    review i didn't write in 2016 to come

  • Luffy

    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

    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 memorable as Alice in Wonderland. Yet these two books are nearly part of folklore now. The half baked movie adaptations show how difficult is it to imitate genius. Let every child and adult revel in the untouched and pristine classics that is Alice.

  • Bangadybangz

    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.

  • Henry Avila

    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

    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 there...Nevertheless she ends back were she started disoriented, perplexed, downright anxious . Welcome to the fantastic world on the other side of the mirror, the fast traveling Red Queen ( not to be confused with the Queen of Hearts) tells the little girl she too can become a queen if...a mighty big one, if she partakes and wins in a giant game of chess , the enormous, beautiful squares have been built on the ground and the player follows the course they being the pawn. Alice must navigate the maze of dark woods, losing her way, asking directions and getting baffling answers, from strange things, animal and human, well maybe some are and the weird characters she encounters, the over confident Humpty Dumpty on a wall, shaped like an egg, forever espousing his belief he can stay there without stumbling, Alice is not too sure, as he asks unanswerable questions. Tweedledee and Tweedledum two fat twin boys constantly reciting poetry, don't bother trying to tell them apart... The White Queen a befuddled old careless woman, dressed inappropriately , sloppily, in other words a mess. The Lion and Unicorn their never ending daily battles for the throne ...which is not vacant, still the local inhabitants like watching this ferocious struggle . Not to forget the White Knight, his day job, the passion, making minor inventions ( a little disguised version of the great writer Lewis Carroll) , he and his horse are seldom attached, the ground is more his home but gets back on the saddle. The Red King sleeps so peacefully never waking and the White King has troubles with an egg. Others like the diverting talking flowers, make this story flow smoothly to the inevitable conclusion. Lewis Carroll was a very inventive author, always giving the reader plenty of material to digest, this is not just for children, these books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking- Glass are charming classics for everyone who enjoys reading.

  • J.L.   Sutton

    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

    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 a chessboard) and characters (including the Red Queen, White Queen, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the Jabberwock). I don’t think this quite matches the first adventure, but reading it is time well spent, 3.5 stars rounded up.

    “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast…”

  • Aishu Rehman

    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

    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 settle on one arbitrary direction. Lewis Carroll is a master and his craft.

  • Ahmed  Ejaz

    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

    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 know but I liked Wonderland more.

    Or for my problems regarding this book have only one answer: Classic. This book is written in 1800s. So this fact should be kept in mind while reading. That's why no matter how much I would say that would be useless.

    Regardless, if you are looking forward to read this series, so do it. Don't be discouraged by my reviews of this series. Maybe you would like this series more than I did.

    January 30, 2017

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