“When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
This is the sequel to Alice in Wonderland (a book I reviewed in October, also written by Carroll). I read Looking Glass in about a day, even though it feels as if you are supposed to read it straight after Wonderland and it took me a short time to get back into the flow of Carroll’s eccentricities again.
This book seemed, I don’t know, funnier? at times than Wonderland was to me personally. It contained many elements I was familiar with, such as Tweedledum and Tweedledee. They were surprisingly funny all things considered though at its heart the two stories are still centered around riddles and wordplay.
While I did find reading this book slightly more enjoyable than reading its predecessor, I still find both narratives awfully claggy because they are not character driven at all. Alice spends a great deal of time talking to herself and while the colourful characters she meets on her adventures are certainly amusing most of the book was also centered around poetry so perhaps Carroll’s stories are best used for their original purpose – to be read aloud to children.
This is one of those books where the ‘it was all a dream’ mentality is thrown into question as to its usefulness.
MY RATING: **.5 / *****