Thursday, June 24, 2010

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Observations

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass [ALICES ADV IN WONDERLAND & -OS]

What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations? ~Alice

Wow! Where to start with these two books?! First of all, I think I know why I didn't read them as a kid... I would have been totally confused. It took me quite some time to get through them both, but not because I didn't like them, they just didn't grab my attention and demand to be read.

These are a few of my observations after reading the book:
(this is not a book review, just some of my thoughts)

First thing I noticed was that the beginning of Alice's Adventures was almost exactly like the Disney animated version of Alice in Wonderland. That's where it ends though. Everything I knew about Alice in Wonderland was actually a combination of both books combined together into one story.

I thought it was interesting that in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll used a pack of playing cards as characters, but in Through the Looking Glass he used chess pieces.

It kind of annoyed me that Alice was constantly getting into arguements with all the other characters. I know they were weird, but it's like she just didn't learn as she went along.

I have now decided I'm not a riddle/poetry person.

What did Alice's sister think of her? I think she must have thought Alice was a crazy person.

I thought it was weird that there were all these made up characters like TweedleDee and TweedleDum and then randomly there was Humpty Dumpty in the middle of Through the Looking Glass. Where did he come from and why? And he was such a meanie, like all the other characters!

Sooo... in all.... I'm glad I read it because now I can say I did. And I have a little more understanding when watching movie adaptions! =) But, probably won't be reading it again and I probably won't even read it aloud to my kids when they get older - they can read it themselves if they want.


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Mommycrat said...

Funny - these books have always been on my list of things to get through as well. My father bought me both when I was a child (I think about 8?) and we tried to read it together, but it was a bit much. Then I tried to read it on my own when I was older and didn't get through it either.

But it still sits on my bookshelf. Maybe I'll try again...

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