Let’s return again to the book corner with Lewis Carroll’s sequel to “Alice.”

 

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“Through the Looking-Glass” is not as good as the first book.  It really is as simple as that.  I don’t know why this is so, but the story was not as smooth in transitions from one odd thing to another.  The odd things that made the first Carroll book so endearing were not clever, nor that amusing.  The poems were the best part of the book; “The Jabberwocky” and “The Walrus and the Carpenter” were a must read, if you read the book for no other reason.  They are iconic poems in English literature that, according to many Carrollians, hold definite meaning for 19th century life.

The writing did not feel or look as flowing as the first book and Carroll did a disservice to his readers by explaining Alice’s make-believe world as being simply that; make believe.  Wherein the first book, it is not explained to the readers that it was all a dream until the end, this one is right off the bat described as just a daydream and Alice is nowhere near as amazed and amused by the world as she was before.  As if Alice is growing up, which is in all possibility, older.  Yet, if this was true Carroll would have done better to write her as being older in her own mind and spirit.  Mostly, she was just going through the motions with a more critical eye, taking away from the glamour of the magic.

Outside of this problem that I personally had with the story, it was still an amazing read into the magical world of Wonderland and I would suggest both books to anyone who wanted an introduction to one of the first glorifications of youth and the power of the imagination.

 

 

Good day, sir!

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