Sunday, September 13, 2015

Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass 

Date Published: Wonderland: 1865/Looking Glass: 1871
This Edition Published By: Penguin Classics
Number of Pages:  357
Rating: 4/5

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. As I was re-reading it, I could definitely see why Alice has remained popular for so long. 

Both Alice adventures have a surreal, dream-like quality to them where anything can happen and nothing is as it seems. The stories are full of wordplay, poetry, oddball characters, and bizarre scenes but, seeing as Carroll was a skilled logician, the nonsense in the story makes sense. There's a method to Carroll's madness.

Out of the two Alice stories, Adventures in Wonderland is my favorite. It's more fun than Looking Glass and it has my favorite character, the Cheshire Cat. There's just something so absurd/sadistic about a grinning cat that can disappear at will.

Alice in Wonderland is so ingrained in pop culture that most people know the general story without ever having read the book. I do think everyone should read it at least once in their lifetime because it's such an enjoyable story that still appeals to children and adults. 

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