Book Review: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found ThereThrough the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I can imagine the confusion that Alice felt as she met various characters and went to diverse places in the looking glass – I felt the same confusion as I traveled with her. Really, I was so confused about what was happening or why it was happening that I couldn’t feel the same wonderful surprise she felt throughout the book.

This book is like a compilation of short stories with themes as many and as varied as the characters and the settings. These ever-changing settings and characters represent the creative and unique scenes that children see when they dream or imagine: Humpty Dumpty who doesn’t make sense, a shop with a sheep shopkeeper, and a giant chess board that comes to life.

Alice’s many adventures show how children find dreams and greatness and color in normal, everyday things – from mirrors to chess pieces. I didn’t enjoy it as a child might but I believe this is a book for adults so we can understand how children see the world and how they would make it if they could.

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