Book Review: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Title: Through The Looking Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll 

Genre: Classics, Fantasy, Children, 19th Century, British Literature

Publisher: Gutenberg Project

Published: 1871

Page Amount: 224 Pages

Blurb From Goodreads: 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.

Why Read: I found this book on the Gutenberg Project, as per usual. It was short and a Lewis Carroll classic I felt I should have read before now. Luckily however, it was one I had not- so I got the lucky chance to read it for the first time, without having to know the ending.

 Review: Children’s novels are sometimes the best books. There is a steady amount of mystery, and a continuing sense of building tension that must keep any young kid entranced. So Through the Looking Glass, whether it is intended for kids or dissenting adults was one of those books.

Exciting and page turning, I loved this book. With references to ideas I entertained as kid such as Humpty Dumpty, the Jabberwocky and the Red and White Queen – there was much to smile about when reading the book. From a plot perspective, I can say honestly that there is little I did not enjoy. From beginning to end, there was new character and Alice’s reactions are priceless.

That leads into the characters, which are just as (if not more) mind boggling as the plot. Nonsensical and hilarious, after I finished reading the book – I was about 200% sure that Lewis Carroll had been on some form of hallucinogenic. In any case, despite the fact there was some parts I did not enjoy – such as the ending and beginning (which I shan’t give away), the book was a great read and I’d recommend it to just about anyone.

Rating: 4.4/5 Stars

Review Coming Soon: The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Vaughn Entwistle

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