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Book #47: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll



I read this book (and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland many times when I was a kid, and I loved it – it almost made me wish that I could go into a mirror and have adventures myself.

The main appeal of this book is that it is incredibly surreal and trippy throughout, with some of the bizarre events that take place – the sheep shop, the train ride and the banquet at the end, for example, and of course the book is incredibly funny. I also loved how every character in the book is supposed to represent a different chess piece (it is all spelled out in the Dramatis Personae at the start).

Then, the other aspect that I like is the use of constant nonsense poetry, including Lewis Carroll’s most famous poems - The Walrus and the Carpenter and Jabberwocky (I used to have the latter read to me before I went to sleep at night!)

I suspect that most people have already read this, but it’s such a good book that it deserves to be read again – plus I love the fact that Chapter 11 is possibly the shortest chapter in any book:

And it really was a kitten after all!

Next book: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Tags: 1001 books to read before you die, 19th century literature, adventure, british, classic, comedy, dreaming, fairy tales, fantasy, kidlit, literary, literature, magic
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