Author: Lewis Carroll (Website)
Series: Alice #2
Genre: Children's, Classic, Fantasy
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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. Summary from Goodreads
As I said in my review of Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, I decided to read these two books because I want to read Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars trilogy and I thought I should start with a proper foundation. Just like with Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, I thought Through the Looking-Glass was a discombobulated book of nonsense.
I didn’t have high hopes going into this one because I didn’t enjoy the first one very much. On that note, I wasn’t too disappointed by it, but I still didn’t enjoy it. Alice still went off on unnecessary tangents, nothing was coherent nor did anything make any sense, and this book was even more confusing than the first one which is a feat!
The only thing I liked about Through the Looking-Glass were the backwards letters on everything and the “Jabberwocky” poem. I think it’s neat that Carroll coined the terms galumph and chortle. And, the fact that everything takes place on a chessboard is also kind of neat, except that you can’t follow the game very well so it really doesn’t add anything to the story.
The one thing I did learn from reading both of these books is that most adaptations to these stories mix the two together. For example, in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, the talking flowers, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and the Walrus and the Carpenter tale are all in Through the Looking-Glass not Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Even though I didn’t enjoy these very much, I’m glad I took the opportunity to read them. If for nothing else just to familiarize myself with them and get a foundation in the cannon of Alice and her adventures.