Book Title/Author: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, from The Complete Alice by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel
Publisher/Year: Published September 15th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: Classic, Children’s, Fiction, Fantasy
Series: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“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 with readers around the world. In 1872, in reaction to the universal acclaim Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland received, Dodgson published this sequel. Nothing is quite what it seems once Alice journeys through the looking-glass, and Dodgson’s wit is infectious as he explores concepts of mirror imagery, time running backward, and strategies of chess-all wrapped up in the exploits of a spirited young girl who parries with the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and other unlikely characters. In many ways, this sequel has had an even greater impact on today’s pop culture than the first book” (Goodreads)
Through the Looking-Glass, as a stand-alone read is delightful, fun and full of adventure, but I will admit it is one confusing story. The characters and world building are less grounded than in Through the Looking-Glass. Similar to my advice on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, don’t try to find a meaning of it, just lose yourself in the story and don’t try to find “the meaning” of it.
Comparing the two, I enjoyed Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland more. I feel that Through the Looking-Glass was more focused on being a children’s story more than its predecessor — which makes sense because it would have been written after seeing the demand and success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It was still whimsical and I enjoyed the story, but it did not have as much adult humour (puns and advice) as the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
“one can’t believe impossible things.”/ “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”