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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.”

Captain Tuttle’s #CBR4 Review #25 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place.And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”

I often feel like Alice.  Most days, actually.  I’m afraid it’s more to do with what I do for a living, which is an awful lot like a caucus race. Just running and running in circles, getting nowhere, and yet somehow expecting things to be different.  Trying to dry off, but getting swamped with waves just at the wrong time.

Alice is bored with real life and her lessons, and wishes everything was nonsense.  Her trip down the rabbit hole teaches her that while a little nonsense now and then (is cherished by the wisest men) is all right, nonsense all the time can be scary and confounding.

Alice tries to make sense of her surroundings and the beings she encounters, while growing and shrinking randomly depending on what she eats and drinks. She gets some good advice, especially from the Cheshire Cat (if you don’t care where you’re going, then it doesn’t much matter which way you go – you’ll get somewhere so long as you go on long enough).

Of course this is a favorite, it has been since I was a little girl. I can’t wait until my little one is old enough to sit still for a reading. Until then, I’ll continue to amuse myself with it.

“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”

Because Poe wrote on both.  Yup, that’s it.

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