Monday, July 26, 2010

Through The Looking Glass - Book Review

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again

This is the rhyme that every child has grown up singing & humming. But just imagine meeting up with Humpty Dumpty one day. What an experience it would be !!! Such are the events portrayed in “Though The Looking Glass”, a magical sequel to “Alice in Wonderland”.

Authored by Lewis Carroll, the book speaks about the experiences of Alice, the central character, who enters a realm of fantasy. Alice goes through the looking glass into another world where she meets people who are either chess pieces or characters from nursery rhymes, talking flowers or insects. The people in the looking glass world seemed to be living backwards. They are rather eccentric and tell her all impossible things. But Alice, being a child, never doubts the truth of what she hears.

The impossible rules of logic that the characters have and the imagination that Carroll possesses in penning them, is a delight to read. His simple writing style and friendly tone lures the readers’ interest. The way Carroll has penned the characters, the incidents and the places is so real that you almost feel transformed into that magical world.

Alice sets out to become a queen of the chessboard and on her journey meets Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum & Tweedledee and queens, kings and knights of the chessboard. Alice is more than amused at the things in the Looking Glass world but finally she realizes that she had been dreaming it all.

Carroll has donned several hats – a child, a teenager and an adult while penning the story. He succeeds in fascinating readers of all ages. The characters and the pictures displayed in the book assist the readers to explore Alice’s dream to the fullest. All of us do dream, but we must learn to dig deeper, as Carroll does, to know how we can almost live through the dream. The book explores the essence of a beautiful dream of a little girl, and is all about stepping into the realms of dreams and enjoying the fantasy.

Neha Natu Sharma

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