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The story behind Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece poem. You know how it ends, but you won’t believe how it happens.
I really love the world that Carroll created when he penned down Alice in Wonderland. It’s incredibly out there but holds tons of meaning, it’s a story that requires thought without bogging you down. As a side thought, I hated Alice as a person. But that’s not the point, the point is I really enjoy the world of Wonderland, so the thought of being able to see what another author thought about some of the Jabberwocky’s origins as a monster is appealing to me and I can honestly say that I was not disappointed in the least.
Coleman took the poem ‘Jabberwocky’ and created a whole story around it. If you’ve read the poem then you know it contains some rather confusing words that hold no true meaning to us and Coleman actually manages to come up with meanings and make them seem normal. At first it was a little uncomfortable reading words like “wabe” and expecting me to in-vision a field of grass that extends way behind…but after a few pages you begin to grasp it and it becomes easier to see. Each section/chapter begins with a stanza from the poem and it gives you some insight into what is going to happen within that chapter, I thought that it was the perfect tie-in both for those who are fans of the poem and those unfamiliar with it. The world that Coleman created was extremely fleshed out and felt like a ‘real’ place, the chracters were likable and relatable and the writing was excellent.
I didn’t expect to get much out of it since it was so short, I got it for free and I’d never heard of it before but this is one of those hidden gems that should get more attention then they do. I totally recommend this. If you’ve read Alice, or the ‘Jabberwocky’ you should definitely give this a try. I’m almost positive you’ll enjoy it.
Here’s a picture of the Jabberwocky, isn’t he just disgustingly adorable?
You can purchase Jabberwocky on Amazon:
Daniel is currently setting to re-release Jabberwocky and his other novels, so they are not currently available for purchase.