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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #2

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

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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.

228 pages, Hardcover

First published December 27, 1871

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Lewis Carroll

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The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.

His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.

Oxford scholar, Church of England Deacon, University Lecturer in Mathematics and Logic, academic author of learned theses, gifted pioneer of portrait photography, colourful writer of imaginative genius and yet a shy and pedantic man, Lewis Carroll stands pre-eminent in the pantheon of inventive literary geniuses.

He also has works published under his real name.

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1,823 reviews48.6k followers
September 29, 2022

i know that seems like a copout, but to be fair, i've always considered this book a continuation of the first one, rather than a separate entity.

usually as, well, a copout so i can call both of them my favorite book of all time.

anyway! here we are for part two of a modified installment of Project Long Classics, in which elle and i tackle a long intimidating classic in small chunks for an entire month.

but because alice is not long to me, nor is it intimidating, and i consider both books to be like one thing, i'm reading both! welcome to that.

join our book club to join the project!! follow on instagram here or join the discussion here.

immediately we're off to the races. man, this slays.

the thing about this book (and keep in mind i have said "the thing about [an alice book]" and followed up with about 97 different statements in the course of my life) is that there has never been a more curious, more interesting, more charming character than alice - and yet she is perfect believable. kids are like this. it rules.


i love to think that if flowers could talk, they'd be pretty and mean and prone to puns.

talking flowers would be a tough act to follow by any stretch, but goddamn. BUGS are the best we can do?!

but oh my god oh my god. speaking of all stars...tomorrow we head to the dweebs.


mandela effect because "tweedledum and tweedledee" sounds so wrong. feels like it should be the other way around. but then again i typed wrong as "swonr" on the first try so what do i know.

is there any word better than contrariwise?

alice is forever the one exception to my talking-animal rule (that they're boring and dumb and should be left out of everything).

cue paramore.

a children's classic crossover fav!

wordplay city!!!! imagine how hard this would hit if 99% of these poems and riddles and songs and sh*t were still in pop culture. it's like the SNL of the 19th century. but like, a good era of SNL.

and suddenly.......an icon receives her crown..............

queen of my heart alice!!! queen of all characters of all time alice!!! queen of being the best there ever was and it isn't close alice!!!

life should have more dinner parties. and they should always be written like this: "dinner-party." and they should contain altogether more nonsense.


don't. :(

it's all over now. what a real and literal awakening. like a wake-up call.

i'm no poetry girl. but possibly my favorite poem ever comes at the end of this chapter.

this has a little less of the nonsensical whimsy of the first alice and a bit too much animal chatter even for my taste, but this exploration of dreaming and childhood and magic and nostalgia is so charming and dear to my heart. i will love it forever.
rating: 5

full review

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.


There’s only one way to do it.

By cheating.

Read my review of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 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 The Annotated Alice. And Alice's Adventures Under Ground, 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.

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Author 29 books13.7k followers
November 10, 2022
[Original review, Apr 8 2016]


"But are you really pro-life?" asked Alice. "Because you know, I've heard pro-life people talk before, and they sound quite 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 can 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 then 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."

"Nothing is going right today!" Alice said to herself. "Oh, how I wish I hadn't taken that job with Fox News!"
[Update, Nov 11 2022]

It's okay New York Post! I like your version too!
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458 reviews3,242 followers
May 14, 2019
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.
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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
May 20, 2022
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There = Alice through the Looking-Glass = Through the Looking-Glass (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #2), Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel (Illustrator), Peter Glassman (Afterword)

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a novel by Lewis Carroll, and the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865).

Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. There she finds that, just like a reflection, everything is reversed, including logic (running helps you remain stationary, walking away from something brings you towards it, chessmen are alive, nursery rhyme characters exist, etc.).

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال1996میلادی

عنوان: آلیس آن سوی آینه؛ نویسنده: ل‍وئ‍ی‍س‌ ک‍رول‌ (کارول)؛ مت‍رج‍م: م‍ح‍م‍دت‍ق‍ی‌ ب‍ه‍رام‍ی‌ ح‍ران‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌، نشر ج‍ام‍ی‌، سال1374؛ در138 ص؛ چاپ دوم سال1389؛شابک9786001760235؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیا- سده19م

کتاب «آلیس آن‌ سوی آینه»، ادامه‌ ای بر کتاب «آلیس در سرزمین عجایب» است، مرحله‌ ای که سرانجام «آلیس»، که هویت خود را در «سرزمین عجایب» یافته، کوشش در شکل‌ دادن به آن، و پیدا کردن جایگاهش، در اجتماع، دارد؛ «لوئیس کارول»، «آن‌ سوی آینه» را، هفت سال، پس از «سرزمین عجایب»، هنگامیکه «آلیس لیدل»، چهارده‌ ساله بود، نوشتند؛ در « آلیس آن سوی آینه»، «آلیس» با اختیار کامل، گام به «شهر آینه» می‌گذارد، تا بازهم با موجودات بیشتری آشنا شود، و تجربه بیندوزد؛ در این داستان، «شهر آینه» را، قانونِ شطرنج اداره می‌کند، و «آلیس»، که با ورود به این سرزمین، تنها یک مهره ی سرباز پیاده، به شمار میآید، بر طبق قانون، می‌تواند تا خانه ی هشتم، پیش برود، و با رسیدن به آنجا، تا مقام مهره ی یک «وزیر»، میتواند ارتقاء پیدا کند؛ در بخش‌های نخستینِ داستان، وزیرِ مهره‌ های سرخ شطرنج، همچون یک آموزگار، راه پیروزی را، برای «آلیس» شرح می‌دهد؛

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 29/03/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 29/02/1401هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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862 reviews722 followers
August 11, 2020
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.
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546 reviews9,784 followers
August 3, 2011
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.
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30 reviews866 followers
February 19, 2016
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.
Profile Image for Lee  (the Book Butcher).
257 reviews67 followers
April 22, 2023
Dial up the whimsy to the max! this story has a plot, well kind of a plot. I think it was Alice's dream! many iconic characters. i did not mean to cast doubt on Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson or penname Lewis Carroll character. he was a reverend and a pretty good tutor. he's creepy, was influential in photography and never broke the law. he's still a good author.
Profile Image for J.L.   Sutton.
666 reviews869 followers
May 18, 2018
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…”
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1,057 reviews1,725 followers
November 5, 2016
آلیس گفت: "توی سرزمین ما، اگه یه مدت طولانی با سرعت بدوی، میرسى به یه جای دیگه."
ملکه قرمز گفت: "چه سرزمین کوچیکی! اینجا باید با تمام سرعت بدوی تا بتونی همونجا که هستی بمونی."
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259 reviews328 followers
September 20, 2020
I love Through the Looking-Glass probably even more than Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Like the first book, events in Through the Looking-Glass just happen and they don't owe you any explanation, logic, or sense; and it's simply brilliant. It contains some of my favorite quotes, poems, puns and dialogues and I don't think I'll ever tire of it. I will re-read it many times myself, and if I ever have to read books to children this will definitely be on top of the list. This is the sort of children's literature that I enjoy and "approve of", it's whimiscal and wonderful, free of strictly "logical" boundaries, and most important, it's free of problematic doctrines, prejudices, and all the other red flags I hate to see in children's literature.

Here are some of my favorite parts:

The poem Jabberwocky (quite possibly one of my favorite poems, ever):
“Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.”

Humpty Dumpty's explanation of difficult words in Jabberwocky:

“To ‘gyre’ is to go round and round like a gyroscope. To ‘gimble’ is to make holes like a gimblet.”
“And ‘the wabe’ is the grass-plot round a sun-dial, I suppose?” said Alice, surprised at her own ingenuity.
“Of course it is. It’s called ‘wabe,’ you know, because it goes a long way before it, and a long way behind it—”
“And a long way beyond it on each side,” Alice added.”
“Exactly so. Well then, ‘mimsy’ is ‘flimsy and miserable’ (there’s another portmanteau for you). And a ‘borogove’ is a thin shabby-looking bird with its feathers sticking out all round—something like a live mop.”

(Those are all pretty useful words, I'm disappointed people don't use them more often).

“What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where you come from?” the Gnat inquired.

Thank you. Finally someone gets it. As a Zoology student with an interest in Entomology, I'm saddened by the fact that most other people don't rejoice in insects. I personally rejoice in dragonflies, damselflies, Phylliidae, Coleoptera, and of course, Lepidoptera (honestly, who doesn't like butterflies?).

All those discussions about subtractions, divisions and additions:
“I beg your pardon?” Alice said with a puzzled air.
“I’m not offended,” said Humpty Dumpty.
“I mean, what is an un-birthday present?”
“A present given when it isn’t your birthday of course.”
Alice considered a little. “I like birthday presents best,” she said at last.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about!” cried Humpty Dumpty. “How many days are there in a year?”
“Three hundred and sixty-five,” said Alice.
“And how many birthdays have you?”
“And if you take one from three hundred and sixty-five, what remains?”
“Three hundred and sixty-four, of course.”
Humpty Dumpty looked doubtful. “I’d rather see that done on paper,” he said.”

All those marvelous illustrations, both in the original version illustrated by John Tenniel and the ones by Mervyn Peake.
Christopher Plummer's magnificent narration of the book (arguable the best audiobook I've ever had the pleasure of listening to).
And finally, the subtle sentimentality that shines through nonsensical parts. After all:

“In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die.
Ever drifting down the stream—
Lingering in the golden gleam—
Life, what is it but a dream?”
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Author 4 books277 followers
July 27, 2022
The plot uses chess as central idea and almost all-important characters are represented by chess pieces, with Alice being a pawn. The imaginary world of the looking glass consists of square fields just like in chess and separated by streams. Each time Alice moves forward one square she crosses one stream and the setting generally changes. A timeless classic at times the storyline at times becomes tiring and difficult to keep pace with.
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523 reviews19.1k followers
August 24, 2022
Alice's adventures in Wonderland will always be a comfort read of mine because of how many times this was read to me as a child just before going to bed.

I always loved the story of the white rabbit, the mad hatter, the caterpillar, the queen of hearts and obviously the Cheshire cat. This was a cute little reread that was just like a movie.
Profile Image for Ahmed  Ejaz.
549 reviews325 followers
March 11, 2017
Life, what is it but a dream?

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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548 reviews97 followers
March 23, 2023
4.5 stars (for the genre of classic children's lit.)
Just like in the first story, Lewis Carroll's writing style and whimsical queries are perfectly suited to a children's novel. This is another collection of Alice's episodic adventures, and I don't think it's any worse or better than the adventures of the first book. I do prefer this one though, especially because it has the inclusion of my beloved jabberwocky poem. Also, most of the iconic quotes that people associate with Alice in Wonderland are from this book, not the first.
Profile Image for Pedro Ceballos.
287 reviews25 followers
April 27, 2021
La novela tiene una parte atrayente y es el hecho de estar en un mundo sin sentido, sin lógica y donde todo pareciera ser absurdo... Lo que no me terminó de enganchar es que el esfuerzo del escritor está enfocado en darle soporte al mundo más no a la historia, alguien me podría decir que parte de del libro es que la historia tampoco tenga sentido y podría darle la razón, pero creo que faltó explotar esa parte.
Adicionalmente me parece que es una historia infantil que muy difícilmente los niños podrían entender a la primera, por lo que el publico target aumenta un poco en edad y allí queda a medias..
Creo que fue perfecta para dibujos animados, por lo que elaborar una película a partir del material disponible realmente se lleva mis aplausos.
Profile Image for Liz* Fashionably Late.
435 reviews387 followers
May 31, 2017
“In a wonderland they lie,
dreaming as the days go by”

Six Impossible Things:
1. I finish college this year
2. I find a guy who is both strong and loyal as Dimitri (VA) and handsome as Reyes (Charley Davidson), delicious as Barrons (Fever) and swoon worthy as Jamie (Outlander)
3. I eat all the ice cream I want and it all goes to my boobs
4. I read for a living.
5. I go to the gym
6. I don't fall sleep in the most unusual places (e.g. waiting in the line for the bathroom)
Profile Image for Irena BookDustMagic.
617 reviews499 followers
April 27, 2016
I had the strangest dream.
I dreamed I found myself in Wonderland, went there trough the looking glass, but while I was there, I couldn't remember what Wonderland looked like.

After I woke up, I decided it was the best time for me to finally read this book and find my answers.

When I was growing up, I liked watching Trough the Looking Glass animated movie better then Alice in Wonderland, even if it wasn't Disney's.

Now when I was reading it, some pictures from that movie came to my mind, I was reminiscing about some scenes I complitely forgot about.

What took me by surprise was how I knew some quotes even though I couldn't have know them from that very movie.

Also, I noticed how some characters that weren't in the first book, but were in Disney's movie for the first time showed up here, in Trough the Looking Glass.

When I look at them only as books, I can't say I'm sure which story I like better.
I think this one made me smile more often, even if I think that Alice in Wonderland has better quotes in it.
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Author 29 books13.7k followers
May 31, 2017
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Annotated Alice (6) versus 1984 (22)

- Good morning, Mr... Dumpty, I believe it was?

- Correct. Humpty Dumpty at your service.

- Well, we hope you soon will be. I must admit, we don't normally like to employ egghead intellectuals... no offence intended...

- None taken.

- ... but you are so extremely well qualified to take over as editor of the Newspeak Dictionary that, ah, we thought we'd make an exception.

The rest of this review is available elsewhere (the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons)
Profile Image for Aishu Rehman.
818 reviews737 followers
March 4, 2019
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.
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3,730 reviews12.8k followers
October 25, 2022
Continuing to fill a small gap in my reading schedule, I thought to continue my trip into a wonderful world by Lewis Carroll in a sequel to his classic tale. With more wonderful narrative moments and vivid descriptions, I re-visited the world young Alice discovered previously, this time while gazing through a mirror. Carroll intrigues his readers once more with this follow-up story that adds something for all ages.

Alice is back, having missed her adventures in Wonderland. As she peers through a mirror, she is transported back to the world where nothing is quite as it seems and where animals show personalities all their own. As Alice trudges along, she finds herself in the middle of new challenges, including engaging with royalty once more. The Red and White Queens wish to educate her, while showing off their mental abilities at every turn.

Alice meets some friends from her last adventure, as well as new individuals, friendly and fierce alike. Tweedledee and Tweedledum offer her many an insult, but it pales in comparison to Humpty Dumpty, who is anything but kind to Alice. All the while, Alice is intrigued with how things are going, though finds herself overly flustered at numerous points as well, all before waking up in a haze. Another winner by Lewis Carroll, which offers picture-perfect images of a world just out of arm’s reach.

How pleasant it was to put aside a busy day to find Alice once again. Lewis Carroll adds to the magic of his original story with this sequel, delving a little deeper for his fans to enjoy. A clear narrative, at least for the time, with some wonderful characters pushes the tale along, offering many moments of thought-provoking storytelling and vivid imagery. While these are the only two stories of Caroll’s that I have read, I will have too dig a little deeper to see if there are others that might pique my interest.

Kudos, Mr. Carroll, for another piece that got curiouser and curiouser the more I read!

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403 reviews76 followers
December 8, 2021
“Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing--
turn your toes out when you walk---
And remember who you are!”

Through the Looking-Glass is the 1871 sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and where Alice ventures into a fantasy world by going through a mirror.

I remember seeing the 2016 film of this book, Alice Through the Looking-Glass starring Johnny Depp and not liking it much. This surprised me since I loved the 2010 film adaption of Alice in Wonderland also starring Johnny Depp. After the film experience, I was prepared to not like this book either. Sadly, the audio really never grabbed my interest in the three plus hours it lasted. I can’t blame it on the audio narrated by Renee Raudman; the story lacked direction, seemed scattered.

Anyway, I wouldn’t have bothered with this book if it had not been on Boxall’s 1001 books list. So, my advice to future adult readers is to get an illustrated children’s book to read rather than the audio (or listen to the audio while following along in the book). I think having an artist’s rending would have boosted my interest in the book.

Note: This book Through the Looking-Glass is also known by two other names, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There and Alice, Through the Looking-Glass.
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357 reviews623 followers
May 3, 2022
En este segundo y último libro Alicia vuelve al país de las Maravillas a través de un espejo. En este nuevo viaje (que prácticamente ignora cualquier cosa sucedida en el primero) Alicia se encuentra con nuevos excéntricos personajes como las Reinas Blanca y Roja, Tweedledun y Tweedledee, Humty Dumpty y los Caballeros Blanco y Rojo, entre otros.

Alicia es tal vez el máximo referente de la literatura sinsentido o nonsense. Tal vez por eso nos costó digerirlo tanto, al igual que el primer libro. Queríamos abandonarlo desde el primer capítulo. Necesitamos sentido en nuestra lectura para disfrutarla. Así que, para bien o para mal, el género nonsense queda desterrado posiblemente para siempre de nuestras futuras lecturas.

Nos queda pendiente ver las películas.
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1,185 reviews4 followers
June 26, 2020
Alice goes into another world whose inhabitants are either chess pieces or characters from nursery ryhmes.

She meets Humpty Dumpty,Tweedledum and Tweedledee,among others.They are all either full of criticism or advice for Alice.

Maybe my expectations were higher,but the sequel is not half as good as the original.There are a few good lines but the magic that made Alice in Wonderland such a classic,is missing here.
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312 reviews59 followers
February 13, 2022
Alice once again finds herself in a place where nothing is ordinary.
Not as great as the first book but still Carroll's pen does the trick and provides an entertaining read.
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513 reviews730 followers
January 18, 2023
Powroty do świata Alicji dają mi zawsze tyle ciepła i komfortu..
Profile Image for Nandakishore Mridula.
1,242 reviews2,257 followers
May 31, 2017
Alice in Wonderland was almost an institution at our house - but nobody knew about this book. I was tantalised for years by references to it in various other books, and finally succeeded in locating it in a local bookstore.

The looking-glass world is, IMO, weirder than the one underground and decidedly creepier (the Jabberwock and those two blackguards, the Walrus and the Carpenter). Also, it contains two of my favourite poems. In fact, Jabberwocky might be the finest nonsense poem ever written in English.

Beware the Jabberwock!

The Walrus and the Carpenter (they remind me of certain Indian politicians!).

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

The Red Queen
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765 reviews179 followers
August 11, 2019
The second installment of Alice's nonsensical adventures is not quite as fun as the first, although we do meet Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Jabberwock and Bandersnatch get a mention, and Humpty Dumpty makes a cameo along with the King's horses and men. Chess is the overriding theme instead of croquet. Feel free to explore the themes to your heart's content, or just read it for entertainment.
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