Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2015

Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carrol

Today I finnished part two of Alice in Wonderland and i loved it.

(c) Christina Pretis

One day Alice got bored while sitting at home and playing with some wool, when she realized that there was a mirror in the room. She went to it and touched it and suddenly realised that she could climb into it. It wouldn't be Alice, if she did not climb into it.
So Alice entered another world through the looking glass, which at first was not so different from our world, but after a few steps she realised that it is completly different there.
Flowers can talk, she meets Humpty Dumpty and many more....

Product Information:

Pages: 130
Publisher: William Collins (17. Mai 2010)
Language: Englisch

My Opinion:
Lewis Carrol is a linguistic genius! He takes language out of its usual context and makes something different.
For example Humpty Dumpty

"When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master— that's all."

The whole novel is based on language and Lewis Carrol is a master of language and of playing around with language. He uses homonyms (words that have eather the same spelling or the same pronounciation but different meanings) to confuse the reader and even to confuse Alice. It was very interesting to me since I study linguistics at university. I just loved to see the things we learned applied on a story. It was just amazing.

“Finding meaning, like losing meaning, involves pleasure as well as pain. But then losing meaning, like finding it, does too, as the best nonsense reminds us.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

This quote is also a perfect example for the book itself. It has only about 150 padges to read, but while reading you get to explore so much more next to Alice's adventure through the looking glass!
I loved the story as well as the language, as well as the linguistic behind the language. It is one of my favorites!

Though I would not recommend this book for unexpierienced readers, because it could be a bit difficult to read and understand sometimes. But it is worth the struggle.

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