But are you really pro life asked Alice Because you know, I ve heard pro life people talk before, and they sound quite different When I use a word, Trumpty Drumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to mean neither nor less The question is, said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many different things The question is, said Trumpty Drumpty, which is to be master that s all Alice was too puzzled to reply to this, so she thought she had better change the subject That is a fine wall, Mr Drumpty, she said after a while It must have cost you a great deal to build it It cost me nothing, said Trumpty Drumpty off handedly Every single cent of it came from my friends in Mexico They must be very good friends, said Alice politely Not in the least, said Trumpty Drumpty But they had no choice, you see First, I sent back all the illegal immigrants and then I said that if the Mexican government didn t pay for my wall, I d stop those immigrants from wiring any money home But if you had sent them back, said Alice, who was now feeling even puzzled, then how You ask too many questions, young lady, snapped Trumpty Drumpty This interview is now over Nothing is going right today Alice said to herself Oh, how I wish I hadn t taken that job with Fox News It s not fair that I have to review this book.I mean, no one is making me Technically speaking, I am in no way obligated to review this But also, in a much real important way, because I am the one saying it I absolutely must.Because I love this book so goddamn much.BUT HOW AM I POSSIBLY EXPECTED TO PUT THAT LOVE INTO WORDS.There s only one way to do it.By cheating.Read my review of Alice s Adventures in Wonderland so you understand the immensity of my love for these books which I kind of count as one book, spiritually, and only don t actually count as one book for reading challenge purposes.But you still won t really know how much I love these books, so you should probably read me scream about it in my review of The Annotated Alice And Alice s Adventures Under Ground, for good measure.And also, you should read all of Shakespeare s love sonnets, and the great love letters of history, and the collected works of Jane Austen You should watch the bird scene from The Notebook, and the sad part from Titanic, and the scene in Say Anything when John Cusack holds the boombox over his head.All of those viewings are just to have a good laugh, though And also to jam the f ck out to In Your Eyes, a musical treasure To reallyyyy understand, you should watch Booksmart and Safety Not Guaranteed and Mamma Mia 2 Here We Go Again Perhaps through all of these reviews and readings and viewings, you can gain a passing understanding of how much I love Alice.Probably not, though.Bottom line I HAVE TOO MUCH LOVE IN MY HEART review i didn t write in 2016 to come Alice at the ripe old age of seven and a half is still bored , as she plays with her adorable black and white kittens, yet she needs something better, again ignored by her older sisterwants stimulation, excitement, yes adventures, so decides to go through a looking glass and escape the tedium of everyday life of Victorian EnglandShe will not be disappointed, in reality probably much too much for Alice s childish taste The girl sees a magnificent garden and a twisting road leading thereNevertheless she ends back were she started disoriented, perplexed, downright anxious Welcome to the fantastic world on the other side of the mirror, the fast traveling Red Queen not to be confused with the Queen of Hearts tells the little girl she too can become a queen ifa mighty big one, if she partakes and wins in a giant game of chess , the enormous, beautiful squares have been built on the ground and the player follows the course they being the pawn Alice must navigate the maze of dark woods, losing her way, asking directions and getting baffling answers, from strange things, animal and human, well maybe some are and the weird characters she encounters, the over confident Humpty Dumpty on a wall, shaped like an egg, forever espousing his belief he can stay there without stumbling, Alice is not too sure, as he asks unanswerable questions Tweedledee and Tweedledum two fat twin boys constantly reciting poetry, don t bother trying to tell them apart The White Queen a befuddled old careless woman, dressed inappropriately , sloppily, in other words a mess The Lion and Unicorn their never ending daily battles for the throne which is not vacant, still the local inhabitants like watching this ferocious struggle Not to forget the White Knight, his day job, the passion, making minor inventions a little disguised version of the great writer Lewis Carroll , he and his horse are seldom attached, the ground is his home but gets back on the saddle The Red King sleeps so peacefully never waking and the White King has troubles with an egg Others like the diverting talking flowers, make this story flow smoothly to the inevitable conclusion Lewis Carroll was a very inventive author, always giving the reader plenty of material to digest, this is not just for children, these books Alice s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass are charming classics for everyone who enjoys reading. Goodreads having eaten my first review of this book, I need to hastily rewrite another Basically Alice in Wonderland is the superior book, but not by much Book 2 is proof that Lewis Carroll can make lightning strike twice.In book 2, Alice finds herself through her mirror, and interacts with the kingly chess pieces She goes out into the garden, not easily due to navigational problems No wonder everything she achieves in that place is seen as a victory.The characters in book 2 are not as memorable as Alice in Wonderland Yet these two books are nearly part of folklore now The half baked movie adaptations show how difficult is it to imitate genius Let every child and adult revel in the untouched and pristine classics that is Alice. In , English Author CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON , Aka Lewis Carroll, Wrote A Fantastical Adventure Story For The Young Daughters Of A Friend The Adventures Of Alice Named For One Of The Little Girls To Whom The Book Was Dedicated Who Journeys Down A Rabbit Hole And Into A Whimsical Underworld Realm Instantly Struck A Chord With The British Public, And Then With Readers Around The World In , In Reaction To The Universal Acclaim Alice S Adventures In Wonderland Received, Dodgson Published This Sequel Nothing Is Quite What It Seems Once Alice Journeys Through The Looking Glass, And Dodgson S Wit Is Infectious As He Explores Concepts Of Mirror Imagery, Time Running Backward, And Strategies Of Chess All Wrapped Up In The Exploits Of A Spirited Young Girl Who Parries With The Red Queen, Tweedledee And Tweedledum, And Other Unlikely Characters In Many Ways, This Sequel Has Had An Even Greater Impact On Today S Pop Culture Than The First Book If you love children s stories, you will love Through the Looking Glass.If you love magic, you will love Through the Looking Glass.If you love words, you will love Through the Looking Glass.I love Through the Looking Glass. A charming book, full of surprising insights into the true meaning and historical background of various seemingly straightforward passages in the Alice books So much so, that one wishes that there were of these annotations.That I had missed while growing up It has lots of lessons that are currently applicable to people in their everyday life For instance, the Cheshire Cat when Alice asked him where she should go So many people in life don t know where they re going and so they just settle on one arbitrary direction Lewis Carroll is a master and his craft. I think that the failure not only of Children s Literature as a whole, but of our very concept of children and the child s mind is that we think it a crime to challenge and confront that mind Children are first protected from their culture kept remote and safe and then they are thrust incongruously into a world that they have been told is unsafe and unsavory and we expected them not to blanch.It has been my policy that the best literature for children is not a trifling thing, not a simplification of the adult or a sillier take on the world Good Children s literature is some of the most difficult literature to write because one must challenge, engage, please, and awe a mind without resorting to archetypes or life experience.Once a body grows old enough, we are all saddened by the thought of a breakup We have a set of knowledge and memories The pain returns to the surface Children are not born with these understandings, so to make them understand pain, fear, and loss is no trivial thing The education of children is the transformation of an erratic and hedonistic little beast into a creature with a rational method by which to judge the world.A child must be taught not to fear monsters but to fear instead electrical outlets, pink slips, poor people, and lack of social acceptance The former is frightening in and of itself, the latter for complex, internal reasons I think the real reason that culture often fears sexuality and violence in children is because they are such natural urges We fear to trigger them because we cannot control the little beasts We cannot watch them every minute.So, to write Children s Literature, an author must create something complex and challenging, something that the child can turn over in their mind without accidentally revealing some terrible aspect of the world that the child is not yet capable of dealing with Carroll did this by basing his fantasies off of complex, impersonal structures linguistics and mathematical theory These things have all the ambiguity, uncertainty, and structure of the grown up world without the messy, human parts.This is also why the Alice stories fulfill another requirement I have for Children s Lit that it be just as intriguing and rewarding for adults There is no need to limit the depth in books for children, because each reader will come away with whatever they are capable of finding Fill an attic with treasures and the child who enters it may find any number of things put a single coin in a room and you ensure that the child will find it, but nothing.Of course, we must remember that nothing we can write will ever be strange or disturbing to a child than the pure, unadulterated world that we will always have failed to prepare them for However, perhaps we can fail a little less and give them Alice Not all outlets are to be feared, despite what your parents taught you In fact, some should be prodded with regularity, and if you dare, not a little joy. Finished Lewis Carroll s Alice in Wonderland and plunged Through the Looking Glass At first, while it was enjoyable, not much seemed new about Alice s continued adventures However, Carroll s inventive, evocative and fun use of language takes over and turns this into a different kind of adventure Even if you haven t read this one before I count myself in this number , you should find that you re familiar with the basic elements of the story Alice s adventures through a landscape drawn up as a chessboard and characters including the Red Queen, White Queen, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the Jabberwock I don t think this quite matches the first adventure, but reading it is time well spent, 3.5 stars rounded up Sometimes I ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast .
The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.His most famous writings are Alice s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass as well as the poems The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky , all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.Oxfo
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