Author: Lewis Carroll
Date Finished: 17/04/14
Re-Read? : First time read
Challenges? : The Classics Club
Overall: 5/5 – absolutely fantastic
I wouldn’t usually have classified this as two separate books (Wonderland/Looking Glass) as they are both reasonably short and I read them in the same volume, but when I looked on my Classics Club list, I realised they were down as two separate items so that is the way I will have to treat them ha ha!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I gave this book 5/5 because I really loved reading it. I knew the story quite well from various children’s versions that I read years ago and of course from the two film versions, although I haven’t seen either in a long time. It was a really entertaining read and I enjoyed it a lot.
The plot is rather bizarre to say the least but Carroll (rather drily) manages to just carry on as normal as the scene completely changes for no apparent reason. I liked all the characters too, especially The Queen of Hearts and Bill the Lizard! Everything was really vivid due to Carroll’s brilliant prose – we can really picture everything there, guided of course by the amazing illustrations in the book. I also enjoyed the mix of poetry in the book although sometimes I did only skim it! The nonsense disguised as logic and bizarre reasoning really make this book special and I would definitely recommend everyone to have a good re-read of this, if you only really read the story as a child!
Through the Looking Glass
This book only scored 4/5 for me because I didn’t love reading it quite so much, although it was very good! I didn’t know the story at all and I was slightly disappointed that the characters from Wonderland weren’t in it…I soon realised that it’s a different world!
The plot is slightly more structured (?!) in this book, since the overall structure is a bizarre live game of chess so it was easier to see where the book was headed – each new square being a new type of scene. The characters were again very vivid and totally unique – my favourites were definitely the Knight and the bizarre messengers! As I wasn’t familiar with the story, it was harder to picture the overall scenes that well (I’ve never seen a film of Through the Looking Glass) although the illustrations did help a lot again. I would recommend this book too, in fact really I think you should just read the two books as one like I did since they are usually together anyway and are both short enough to read as one without it being a long read at all. I’m very glad I decided to read these books this Easter Holiday as I really enjoyed both of them!