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Into a strange new world Mary is poor and plain and desperate for change but the little girls in her care see and understand far than their naive new teacher And there is another problem Mary does not like children especially the precocious Alice LiddellWhen Mary meets Charles Dodgson the Christ Church mathematics tutor at a party at the Deanery she wonders if he may be the person to. 15 starsWell apparently the deeper you dig into something the darker it getswarning you WILL see Alice in wonderland and Lewis Carroll differently after reading this book The only thing that kept me going here was that I knew this book was based on a lot of truths Truths that I naively thought would make Alice in wonderland make senseBut man history is dark I will now proceed to try and block this book out of my memory whenever I think about how much I love Alice in wonderland There was a lot of disturbing stuff here However I do appreciate the author s intention and I m glad for Alice s sake that this book exists Everyone deserves to speak their truth And I guess there are some mysteries about Alice that we will never know

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Transform her life Flattered by his attentions Mary begins to believe that she could be than just an overlooked dowdy governessOne sunny day as Mary chaperones the Liddells on a punting trip Mr Dodgson tells the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland But Mary is determined to become Mr Dodgson's muse ­ and will turn all the lives around her topsy turvy in pursuit of her obsession. Fulll Review really wanted to read this book mostly because of the gorgeous cover but also the concept of learning about the Liddell family before the stories of Alice in Wonderland However this was the story of the pedantic slightly mentally abnormal governess who see s things differently based on the family tales heard by Alice s own great granddaughter Vanessa Tait The writing is very prettily done but it is let down by a lack of punchlines which forces the reader to suffer through a lot of exposition and character changes before the big climx which is neither big nor climaticIt s an interesting attempt and I liked that it was tried Tait is a good writer but her choices weren t the best Writing in 3rd person rather than 1st made the story very weak to me I kept forgetting who Mary was before it clicked that it was the governess Since we never leave Mary s side I would have rather read her thoughts rather then being told her actions It makes us distanced and so uninterested and uninvested in the story Overall it was a disappointment to me prettily written with some lovely lines and setting but the narrative just didn t work A shame

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Vanessa Tait great granddaughter of the Alice who inspired Alice's Adventures in Wonderland tells the fascinating story of the childhood classic's strange beginnings through the eyes of a naive and deceived governessWhat happened before Alice fell down the rabbit holeOxford 1862 As Mary Prickett takes up her post as governess to the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church she is thrust. Read on Read the Bloody Book Two things drew me to this book 1 the GORGEOUS cover and 2 the fact that it was written by Alice Liddell s the inspiration for Lewis Carroll s Alice in Wonderland great granddaughter ExcitingI expected this to be a rich dark whimsical tale with some magical realism about the writing of my favourite children s book The cover also seemed to hint at this sort of story but that if definitely not what this story is about At allWhat s it aboutThis is the story of the friendship between Lewis Carroll and young Alice Liddell told through the eyes of the family s governess Mary Mary is a fiercely ambitious woman who is strangely not fond of children at all especially Alice of whom she in intensely jealous This is a book about the uptight standards of manners and propriety of the time and those things make people kind of insane If society was made up of people speaking the truth civilization might come to an end We need manners What I thought Firstly I was a bit disappointed that this wasn t magical realism it is a pure historical fiction although inspired by real people and events For the first half I wasn t such a fan of this book I felt like nothing really happened but then once things do start to happen you realise that all those previous events that perhaps weren t particularly exciting to you are becoming incredibly interesting as you watch Mary s delusions grow and these previous events begin to twist as Mary falls further down the rabbit hole so to speak as she realises exactly what was going on Women were supposed to want children than anything else Mary knew Perhaps when she had her own she would feel the same way though she could not imagine it As far as she could see children were like savages and it was her purpose to try to tame them until they could fit into the civilized world like everybody else If you are the kind of person who cannot read a book unless you love the characters this book is probably not for you as every single character is awful Even the children especially little Alice But although she s a bit of a beast I could find myself sympathizing with Mary She is just a very unfortunate character as she just doesn t fit societies ideal woman of the time and absolutely hates herself for it But why is it rude to know someone s age Because ladies are never meant to grow old unfortunately for you They are meant always to stick at one and twenty There are also little sentences that are clearly meant to link the book to Alice in Wonderland which are like finding little easter eggs and I really loved thoseI did enjoy this book but I am a die hard Alice in Wonderland fan with the tattoo to prove it and I am not sure whether this book would be exciting enough to keep a non Alice obsessed reader s interest I think this book was written for those of us who love Alice and crave answers to those pieces of the puzzle that was the relationship between Alice Liddell and Charles Dodgson Lewis Carroll s actual name So if you are a die hard Alice fan you may really enjoy this


10 thoughts on “The Looking Glass House

  1. says:

    Read on Read the Bloody Book Two things drew me to this book 1 the GORGEOUS cover and 2 the fact that it was written by Alice Liddell’s the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland great granddaughter ExcitingI expected this to be a rich dark whimsical tale with some magical realism about the writing of my favourite children’s book The cover also seemed to hint at this sort of story but that if definitely not what this st

  2. says:

    I'm the kind of person who feels the need to always finish a book even if I'm not enjoying it I really wish I wasn't one of those peopleI alternated between feeling bored and disturbed while reading this book Mary the lead character

  3. says:

    I read this book in 2 days My first thought was that it was wonderful Indeed the writing is subtle and the flourishes in which Tait parallels this book with AiW are wonderful That was my first thought And my second has this woman got some internalized misogyny issues or what? It's like every fictive trait of the

  4. says:

    This book is written by Alice Liddell's great granddaughter Yes the great granddaughter of that Alice the one Lewis Carroll immortalized when she fell down a rabbit hole and into his bookBut while the front cover of this book promises fairy tales and wonders playing cards and tea parties the story itself is very devoid of Lewis Carroll's whimsical world and wordplay Instead it is very much a historical novel centering around the

  5. says:

    An imaginative glimpse into a portion of time within Alice Liddell's life the little girl who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and who also was the great grandmother of the

  6. says:

    15 starsWell apparently the deeper you dig into something the darker it getswarning you WILL see Alice in wonderl

  7. says:

    The Looking Glass House was an interesting take on a familiar tale I love books that retelling old stories or shed light on the creation of famous tales This book focused on Charles Dodgson AKA Lewis Carrol and his creation of Alice in Wonderl

  8. says:

    A strange little book I'm not sure what I expected but it twists and turns in so many directions that I almost certainly didn't get whatever it was I expectedThe book starts focused on the governess of the Liddels Her name is Mary and it's clear from the start that she has aspirations of becoming important than her low born status Very well Many heroines have begun in the same way Unfortunately for her it's also clear v

  9. says:

    Fulll Review really wanted to read this book mostly because of the gorgeous cover but also the concept of learning about the Liddell family before the stories of Alice in Wonderland However this was the story of the pedantic slightly mentally abnormal governess who see's things differently based on the family tales heard by Alice's own great granddaughter Vanessa Tait The writing is very prettily done but it is let down by a lack of punc

  10. says:

    This book is not even worth 1 star ot was so boring it dragged on and on about pointless stuff and after 42% of the way through all it seemed t