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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland /
Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll

These two children books tell of a journey through a fantasy world. Alice (Liddel) is travelling into an oniric and symbolic land.
Dozing off, Alice dreams she follows a white rabbit into a rabbit hole.
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The characters she meets, from the white rabbit or the Dormouse, the Queen of Spades, all have a meaning which refers to parables, metaphors, and psychological interpretation (that I will not cover here).
The characters like the Mad Hatter and the Morse and the Carpenter, are all mad, but not as worrying as the Cheshire Cat and TeedleDum and TeedleDee, the crazy twins.

Except for the Jabberwocky, nothing is frightening in this story, and as the magical world is reduced to nothing when she wakes up, these two stories are not part of the Gothic Tales, but of the fairy tale category. The pace of the book is set by poems, riddles, games, and small tales within the tale (like the Jabberwocky), which would of course break the pace of a proper gothic tale.

After this first success, Lewis Carroll wrote a second book, which also proved very popular: "Through the Looking Glass". Both children and grown-ups will enjoy them (although grown-ups more, in these pokemon days).
Alice was adapted very nicely by Walt Disney, and more recently as a video game (American McGee's Alice, by Electronic Arts)
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Nowadays, Alice suffers a lot from Lewis Carroll, who was inclined to taking photographies of his young friends, which today would certainly be unacceptable as some of these photos include childrens' nudes, although it seems that he did not do anything improper, probably because his religious background held him back.

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