Review of Through the looking glass, and what Alice found there (Lewis Carrol)

I think everyone knows the story of Alice by now, but if you have ever read the books, you will ask yourself several times, “What tf was Lewis Caroll thinking about when he was writing these stories?”

This book is the continuation of Alice in Wonderland, and the name of the book is “Through the looking glass, and what Alice found there”. Which indicates that, like Narnia, there are several ways to enter this “Wonderland”. As you will remember, in the first book, Alice enters this country by chasing a rabbit that was late, through a rabbit tunnel. This time, it is through a mirror that she manages to enter. This is my conjecture, since at no time is it indicated that this is the same world. Even in the title of the book, “through the looking glass…”, the Wonderland is not mentioned.  

I do not think it is worth describing everything that Alice experiences on her second visit to Wonderland, as it is of utter strangeness. I just wanted to say that when I saw the second Johnny Depp movie, I thought it was a great delusion, especially the final battle with the pseudo-dragon who in this world is called Jabberwocky. My surprise was huge to see that much of the film was actually taken from Lewis Carrol’s book. 

My favorite characters in this book are without a doubt Tweedledum and Twedledee. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweedledum_and_Tweedledee ) They appear countless times in popular culture, usually when you compare two things that are the same, albeit negatively.

The book is also from the year 1871 and therefore, it belongs to the public domain, so if you want to search it at www.Gutenberg.org you will find it and you can download it for free.

It is a very short book, so you could get to read Alicia’s two books in a couple of days. Reading it is a bit difficult since there is no union between chapters, so you could say that it is a concatenation of stories with the same main character. This is done on purpose, of course, since the whole adventure is a dream fantasy of Alice. https://www.readinglength.com/book/isbn-0957148399 –> 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Final comment: when I talk about classics of literature, I always say that it is compulsory to read them, at least once, to have your own opinion. Many times we realise that these classics are not incredible works of literature, but for some reason they have managed to become part of the legacy of humanity. “Through the Looking Glass” is a very strange book, and as I just mentioned, I am happy to have read it that one time.

Book quote:Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!

Keep on reading,

GG Klimt

Questions to answer in the comments:
Have you read any of Alice’s books? And in particular, have you read “Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there”? Did you like it? Do you agree with my final comments on the book? Have you read any similar book of the same genre that you would like to recommend? Please answer these questions in the comments section

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