Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
February 5, 2010 § 16 Comments
I doubt that Alice’s story is one that needs any introduction at all. Her story of following a rabbit down the rabbit hole, and subsequently meeting strange characters and weird creatures of all sorts has been told and retold and re-retold so many times, it doesn’t even matter if you’ve not read the actual text, you’re almost bound to know at least the gist of the story.
For some odd reason, though, I had imagined the original text to be somewhat deeper and darker than what has been portrayed throughout the many years via cartoons and adaptations. I thought there would be something a little more sinister. But as it turns out, the cartoon I watched so many years ago seems to follow the plot quite closely indeed.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland didn’t give me much new to chew on. Most of what happens in this story is what we know of Alice in the first place. The Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Rabbit, the March Hare and the Mad Hatter. All of them so familiar, and all of them just like what I remember them to be.
Through the Looking Glass seems to be a little lesser known. A chess game and chess pieces seemed to be very dominant in this story, but not one that I immediately recalled at all. In fact, this was probably the part of the story that I’ve never known to exist. I had a little smile when it came to the part where Alice met Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter that they told to Alice.
I think I quite enjoyed the cartoon I watched as a child more than the book though. For some reason, I found the writing a little boring, and Alice a rather uninteresting, sometimes even annoying, girl.
A little of a disappointment, this one.