Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

Captain Tuttle’s #CBR4 Review #26 – Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

“The time has come”, the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages — and Kings —
And why the Sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.”

Callou, callay – the further adventures of Alice and those wacky Wonderlanders.  This time she slips through a mirror, and meets talking flowers, as well as the Tweedle boys. The land is laid out like a chess board, and the inhabitants can only move around in a way that corresponds to their piece.  The Red Queen can move very fast, like the queen on a chess board can move anywhere (sort of.  It’s been a while since I played chess).

When talking to the Tweedles, Alice sees the Red King asleep under a tree. It’s possible that she might be in his dream, and will cease to exist when he wakes up.  Alice makes her way around the board, finally being crowned a queen herself. At a party, she seizes the Red Queen, putting the Red King in check – and he wakes up.  So does Alice, safe at home on the proper side of the mirror.

While this is a continuation, and takes place about a half year after the original Adventures, I don’t enjoy this book quite as much as its predecessor.  However, it’s yet another great escape from the ridiculousness of reality.

Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”

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