Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written by Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a different world. I think it was my mother who first read me Alice in Wonderland when I was a little girl. There is mostly no plot or any kind of sense with Alice in Wonderland, however you could also see it as story where a young girl learns about herself, journey of self discovery. I love the number of characters in both books, my favorite characters are perhaps Cheshire-Cat and Mad hatter. Cheshire- Cat is always smiling and talking in nonsense riddles. Mad hatter is well…mad.

“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There is a sequel to Alice in Wonderland.  It’s set six months later than the earlier book. In sequel, Alice enters to an alternative world by climbing through a mirror. Sequel differs from first volume in several respects: Alice is older, it makes more sense, it’s much longer, everything is kind of a bit more mature compared to first installment, oh it has Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Both books are very enjoyable to read, however I like Alice in Wonderland a bit more.

4/5 stars

“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!”
― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

Tips

1. These book are perfect for you if you like literary nonsense and books by Roald Dahl.
2. I didn’t recall how ridiculously short Alice in Wonderland was,  so it is a perfect read if you want to read a “classic” but don’t have time for War & Peace. Book is about 92 pages long.
3. Alice in Wonderland was first published in 1865, that’s 150 years ago! Wonderful excuse to read it, isn’t it? You must find an edition with illustrations.
4. There’s no plot, no sense and yes, it’s kind of a silly book (Alice in Wonderland).
5. You can download Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass for free at Project Gutenberg.

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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