Book Review: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

#33 – “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis CarrollThrough the Looking Glass

Genre: Children’s Fantasy, Classic

Page Numbers: 224 pages

Dates Read: 8/14/13-8/16/13

Plot in 3 lines or less: Alice returns to Wonderland, and this time has to play her way across a chess board. She gets help from so many unexpected players along the way.

New Read or Re-read? Re-read, though I have not read this one as often as I have “Alice in Wonderland.”

Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, and yes. This is another story that has a lot of humor, wit, charm and fantasy and at times makes no sense and if you enjoy that sort of thing, then this story is for you.

Was it easy to read? Yes. Children’s literature and fantasy such as this has always been an easy and quick read for me.

Can you relate to anything within the story? Like the story before this one, I can relate for its randomness. I also love that this one is ultimately about her strategy to play the game in order to “win” at being queen in Wonderland, for besides loving to read, I love to play games.

Favorite Character(s): Alice of course is still my favorite character. Tweedledum and Tweedledee also show up in this book, and I love their silliness. I also love the White Queen, and her interaction with Alice during the ‘Wool and Water’ chapter. She has some of my favorite lines that to me seem more like words to live by.

Favorite Line: Like “Alice” before it, there are too many favorite lines and passages from this book! There are numerous mini post-it notes sticking haphazardly all throughout, marking said favorite parts! Here are just a few:

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

”Your Majesty must excuse her, she means well, but she can’t help saying foolish things, as a general rule.“

Is there anything about it that you did not like? No.

Is there anything else you would like to add? I feel like this story actually follows more of a plot line then “Alice” does. Not to say that the first doesn’t have one, for it does. It just can be harder to follow at times, and if you can’t appreciate it for its silliness, it could be a very frustrating read. Whereas “Through the Looking Glass” follows Alice as she attempts to make it across a game board, which has an official start and end and you know through the entire book that she is gradually making her way across.

And, like I mentioned before for “Alice in Wonderland,” the reread of this book was prompted because of an idea I had to utilize a quote from these books in a piece of art. Actually, I put the quote I intend to use for said project up in my favorite quotes from this book, though I won’t enumerate on which one. I will leave that for a surprise.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

  1. I love the format of this review! Easy to read & it ensures you don’t miss anything out! Wish I’d thought of that! 🙂

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