Published: 27th December 1871
Finished reading: February 28
Alice is sitting in a chair scolding her kitten, Kitty, when she notices the alternate world inside the Looking Glass. She determines to explore this other world, and as soon as she steps inside, she finds a place much like yet much different from her home.
She encounters a smiling clock, animate chess pieces and a book with backwards text, but determined to see all of this amazing new place before she has to return, she abandons the living room and steps outside…
I enjoyed revisiting Lewis Carroll’s writing. Although this sequel is not quite as interesting or delightfully witty as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I still found it very enchanting and it was always fun finding out who and what Alice was going to encounter next as she moved through each new square on the chessboard.
There is a greater emphasis on poetry in this story. Some were very clever; others made next to no sense at all and failed to captivate me. A lot of the quirky poems and rhymes in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland enabled me to interact with the book more, but that did not happen as often here.
Some of the supporting characters were entertaining to read about, such as Humpty Dumpty and the Red Queen. I liked the dialogue between them and Alice, who seemed to unintentionally upset all of them with her perfectly reasonable observations of their illogical ways. While this theme was very repetitive, it was still fun to read.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, but it was not exactly special. Very whimsical and rather senseless in places, there is still a lot to like in this book through Carroll’s imaginative mind, although Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a much more memorable read.