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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass Author:Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel (Illustrator) When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer's afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland i... more »s no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next. Alice's adventures have made her the stuff of legend, the child heroine par excellence, and ensured that Carroll's book is the best loved and most widely read in children's literature.
This summer we went to England and out to Oxford, where the real Alice lived. At ChristChurch I had to admit to the docent there that I, a well-read,55 year-old, had NEVER read Alice in Wonderland. I saw the movies. But never went to the source. I'm so glad that I was shamed into ordering a copy from PBS. I am now entirely literate! What a charming book, not just for kids! How odd it is that so very little of the specialness made it into the movies. If you are like I was, read it! You'll be so glad you did.
Missie H. (sykin) reviewed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass on
Helpful Score: 2
Disney's Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite movies, and maybe that's why I didn't like the book much. I grew up watching the movie instead. I don't know what it is about this book, but I can't get through it. I've been trying to read it for so long now - and it's a relatively thin book! But I can't do it. I get so exhausted while trying to read it. I don't know if it's because I'm trying to make sense of all the nonsense or what. I wish I could get through it. Perhaps I'll have to get it on audiobook so I can let my imagination run wild while listening to it being read to me.
I picked up this classic after watching the new 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland. I was very excited to read this classic story since I had grown up on the Disney version as well. Well...let's just say that this is interesting. I got through it finally, but the jargon and innuendo of the Victorian times that this story was written in was completely lost on me. I would love to say that I enjoyed the story and that it will be a "keeper" in my library, but it sadly will not be.
I am glad to say that I "read" the story which means that I read the words and turned the pages, but probably comprehended about 70% of the story. It was not entertaining because I was having to look up much of the Victorian vernacular. Many of the colloquialisms had to do with politics and societal differences. I figure as I read more about Victorian times much more of the story will make sense. Kudos to those of you who understood and enjoyed this story.