“Curiouser and curiouser” are the exact words that pop into my head every time I read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol. Tbh, my only problem with the books is that Alice is one weird little girl. I don’t know a lot of little girls that go through the same thinking processes as she does and even as a child I was unable to relate to her. For example, her journey through Wonderland begins with her evaluating herself and asking the very mature question: ‘Who am I?’.
To be fair though, the premise is fantastical and unbelievable (in the best way possible) and one can argue that Alice’s identity crisis while she shrinks and grows can be a metaphor for ageing in the real world. Therefore, Carrol is excused in my eyes for making his primary character so very odd. Apart form that minor distracting flaw, I can say that Alice is Queen! She stands up to Kings and Queens, absolutely slays at chess, literally gets crowned a Queen and ultimately, figures out the meaning of life. Wtf? I can’t even type this paragraph without editing it a million times!
Anyhoo, that’s my short review! If you haven’t already, read Alice’s Adventures. It’s a classic must read.
Chapter Two: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling
Have your cups of tea, bowls of wine or shots of whatever, ready at hand for next week’s discussion!
Peace out bookworms ✌