“Let’s pretend the glass has got all soft like gauze, so that we can get through…”
Alice’s second adventure takes her through the looking-glass to a place even curiouser than Wonderland. She finds herself caught up in a chess game and sets off to become a Queen.
On the way Alice meets a host of nonsense characters, including Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and Humpty dumpty.
As the blurb says this is Alice’s second adventure. I read the first a long while ago and remember enjoying it.
However, this second book seems to have no connection the previous one. At first, I though perhaps Alice has amnesia, but it seems I gave the book too much credit.
The writing is delightful and playful and enjoyable with lots of plays on words and interesting characters. Except for one major issue.
There is literally no plot. AT ALL. It is literally a whole load of nonsense that happens without much reason, like a child’s imaginative play which is what this reads as.
I’ve found the ending highly frustrating as well. I can’t imagine anyone liking an ending like that and my feelings after finishing the book was annoyance.
This book, and the previous one, are the rare times where I like the films that have come from it more. They’ve expanded on the ideas from it and gave it a true story.
This is the kind of book a parent, (or cool, awesome Aunt), would read to a child at bedtime. If it’d had a proper plot and a better ending then I would’ve highly enjoyed it whether it was aimed at children or not.
To sum up, No plot, fun writing, Fun characters, Bad ending
Was it worth the read? No
Would I re-read? No
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