Title: Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Author: Lewis Carroll
My rating: 4/5
Summary from Amazon:
The young Alice follows a hasty hare underground-to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures in all of literature. In this arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up, readers enter the world of make-believe, where the impossible becomes possible and the heights of adventure are unlimited.
I enjoyed reading these stories since I grew up with Alice. When I was small, I used to watch Disney's version of Alice in Wonderland till the VHS tape was broken. I don't know why but it took me this long to try and read the original literary version of this girl's journey to a very weird land of her imagination. I can understand most of the puns in the story but since I'm not a native British and most importantly not living at the same era of author, I can't follow several symbols or critics in the stories. Nevertheless, Alice is a curious girl indeed, I mean in normal world, her way of thinking is so jumbled up that people will think her strange I think. But she found her place in her Wonderland and obviously her visit there will always stay in her memory and heart to help her through the troubles of adolescence and adulthood. The stories even touched her elder sister who can imagine herself seeing all the wonders that Alice told her. I'm sure Carroll wanted his readers to hold onto bits and pieces of childhood imaginations to keep away the bitterness and sometimes cruelty of the real world and of growing up. To never forget that special child inside every one of us.