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By Lewis Carroll, Tan Lin

ISBN-10: 1411431731

ISBN-13: 9781411431737

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Alice commences on a warm spring day, while Through the Looking-Glass is set in midwinter. The looking glass舒as an analogue for the confusion of things that are knowable舒was probably a relatively late addition by Carroll, added at a time when, according to Alice Liddell, the three sisters were themselves learning to play chess and Carroll was entertaining all three with stories about chess playing, among other things. The initial appearance of the looking glass was prompted by Carroll舗s meeting with another young Alice, his cousin Alice Raikes, most likely in August 1868.

Alice舗s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass remain the most prophetic of the nineteenth century舗s anti-narratives, inverted quest romances, circular mathematical treatises on the illogical logic of forgetting one舗s desires. They display a logic that the child must master in order to grow up. As the White Queen remarks of the Red Queen: 舠She舗s in that state of mind . . 舡 (p. 254). For the child, the future lies undeniably beyond her (in a world of ever more sophisticated language skills), whereas for the adult, the future is something she must remember to return to.

P. 254). For the child, the future lies undeniably beyond her (in a world of ever more sophisticated language skills), whereas for the adult, the future is something she must remember to return to. Carroll seems to be saying that children, in their rush to grow up, can pretend to be adults too soon; and adults can also, in a very different kind of game, forget how to be children舒that is, forget the sensual, even nonsensical desires of childhood, which endure in language as in life. It is not surprising that children love puns and riddles, just as kings and oracles do.

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