Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

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Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) (also known as "Alice through the Looking-Glass" or simply "Through the Looking-Glass") is a novel by Lewis Carroll and the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. There she finds that, just like a reflection, everything is reversed, including logic (running helps you remain stationary, walking away from something brings you towards it, chessmen are alive, nursery rhyme characters exist, etc) Through the Looking-Glass includes such verses as "Jabberwocky" and "The Walrus and the Carpenter", and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The mirror which inspired Carroll remains displayed in Charlton Kings.

The themes and settings of Through the Looking-Glass make it a kind of mirror image of Wonderland: the first book begins outdoors, in the warm month of May (4 May),[a] uses frequent changes in size as a plot device, and draws on the imagery of playing cards; the second opens indoors on a snowy, wintry night exactly six months later, on 4 November (the day before Guy Fawkes Night),[b] uses frequent changes in time and spatial directions as a plot device, and draws on the imagery of chess. In it, there are many mirror themes, including opposites, time running backwards, and so on.

The White Queen offers to hire Alice as her lady's maid and to pay her "Twopence a week, and jam every other day." Alice says that she doesn't want any jam today, and the Queen tells her: "You couldn't have it if you did want it. The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday-but never jam to-day." This is a reference to the rule in Latin that the word iam or jam meaning now in the sense of already or at that time cannot be used to describe now in the present, which is nunc in Latin. Jam is therefore never available today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400158874
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898) was an English writer best known for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel, "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There".

Date of Birth:

January 27, 1832

Date of Death:

January 14, 1898

Place of Birth:

Daresbury, Cheshire, England

Place of Death:

Guildford, Surrey, England


Richmond School, Christ Church College, Oxford University, B.A., 1854; M.A., 1857

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"Renée Raudman's straightforward narration of Carroll's beloved classic provides a pleasant alternative to other more theatrical renditions." —-AudioFile

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why purchase this book for a couple of dollars when there is a free version? It is exactly the same.
civilwargirl More than 1 year ago
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Carroll does not fail in this absurd romp through Looking-Glass Land. The story is full of the Topsy-turvey dialog that made Wonderland a classic. A fun read!
Grace Morton More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it isn't really suposed to make a lot of sense. This is a good choice for you if you like amazing creatures and nonsensical poetry. Overall I think this book is beautifly written, well illustrated, and a classic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never get tired of the nonsensical characters and language. I love the language and the world. Fun and whimsical.
jensenc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much better than Alice in wonderland, but still just ok.
phaga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked Wonderland more, the characters were more memorable and it was easier to stay interested. I still enjoyed reading this though and loved the part with Humpty Dumpty.
Zhumei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alice went to the world beyond the mirror.She joined a strange chess game and tried to be the Queen.I have ever read this story in Japanese.So it was not so difficult, but the poems in the story were difficult for me to understand.
chatmarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You may think it's impossible but Alice was through the looking-glass...And she met so strange people and things there.I was confused when I was reading this story.Some phrases were difficult for me.I enjoyed but I prefer 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' to this one.
yumeno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is fantagy. Alice wishs she could get through into glass house. You will think it is onry dream. But it comed true!Her kitten also concerns to this strange happening. Please read being careful.
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was not thoroughly impressed with this book, at least with the prose portions of it. I will have to give Carroll credit, though. His poetry is able to calm the fiercest roars of my infant.Perhaps it would have helped my view of the book had I read Alice in Wonderland first.
MsNikki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The follow-up to Alice in Wonderland. I simply could not ignore the sequel, if I dare call it that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Life, what is it but a dream."
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
How many people think that they know a number of classic books when what they really know is the popular movie (or television) version of said books. For instance, who thinks that they know The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, or Peter Pan? And who thinks that they know Alice in Wonderland, when what they really know is the Disney animated or the Johnny Depp (or, my god, the Carol Channing) filmed versions? For those who don't already know, what we often refer to as "Alice in Wonderland" is actually two different books: The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. When asked what my favorite book is, I have a difficult time answering. Often it's whatever great book I'm currently reading or have just finished. But when pressed for a different answer I usually say "The Alice in Wonderland books" because they were one of my earliest favorites and they are two of the very few books that I still re-read every few years. Dover Thrift Editions is a publisher that specializes in reprinting books and like the publishing title suggests, there isn't anything new or special going on here. There's no new editor's notes or annotations here. This is a 'thrift' edition. It's the original book, reprinted, and for something as glorious and creative as this Alice in Wonderland sequel, that's more than enough. In many ways this entire book is a metaphor for the game of chess. The savvy reader will note a number of chess references all throughout and in fact the Preface notes a chess game that is laid out before the reader - but take's a little difficult to play if you follow the rules of chess strictly. The book features Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee (and you thought they were in the first book!), and the poem "The Jabberwocky" appears here, and even Humpty Dumpty shows up in this book (though Humpty is not a Lewis Carroll creation). The book is just as absurd as the first in the series, but Alice actually seems to have a little more spirit and the story seems to have just a bit more of a plot, rather than simply having absurd things happening to the little girl, which for me, makes this just slightly more enjoyable. I'm not sure when it was that I last read this, but I did not remember the sequence on the train, early in the book. I hope I don't say that again after the next time I read this. If for some reason you don't enjoy the story, this book is worth having on your shelf just for the beautiful drawings by Sir John Tenniel. You really can't beat this book (or these two books) by Lewis Carroll for their absurd, whimsical nature and pure, child-like manner of addressing absurd situations. How absurd does an adult world appear to a child - our social and moral mores that we dance around, and the way we often talk around an issue, rather than straight on. This book simply magnifies the strange world we live in, and does so in such a kind way. Looking for a good book? Thank Dover for reprinting Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and for keeping this wonderful classic in front of the reading public. It continues to deserve an audience. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Alice's trip through the mirror much better than her more famous adventure in Wonderland because of the increased creativity and the more focused plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good that you die
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It is a tad confusing, but its still one of my fav books. Funny and interesting, and highly recomended :o)
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It seems a little piontless to even try reading. It's just a run-on from the original, which still wasn't very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE LEWIS CARROL!!!! he writes THE best books!!!
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good book :) love lewis carroll
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