20 February 2008
Book Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
I've heard this book (two books, really) described as frightening and nightmarish. While there is a dream-like quality to the stories, especially the second as the setting dissolves and rearranges itself often, I didn't find them nightmarish at all.
I found the word-play delightful, the characters enchanting, and the sendups sharp. Some of the scenes and puns reminded me of The Phantom Tollbooth, which we all loved when we read it aloud years ago (I think it's time for a re-read as the little ones either don't remember it or weren't born yet). I look forward to reading Alice aloud to my kidlets.
For those who don't understand literary nonsense, I suggest you check out this article on Wikipedia, which I haven't finished yet, but I plan to print out and read when I get a chance. I also look forward to reading more literary nonsense.