The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)
If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don't. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.
Se all'inizio sembrava che quei parenti con le loro assurdità potevano prendersi cura dei tre fratelli, ora sono del tutto lasciati a se stessi e, peggio ancora, devono aver a che fare con gente che li odia.
Essere orfani diventa una macchia.
Anche qui però riescono a respirare pochi attimi di serenità, grazie all'amicizia con i trigemini Pantano che dona loro un minimo di solliev...more
I was happy though that the Baudelaires...more
As the three Baudelaire orphans warily approach their new home--Prufrock Preparatory School--they can't help but notice the enormous stone arch bearing the school's motto Memento Mori, or "Remember you will die." This is not a cheerful greeting, and certainly marks an inauspicious beginning to a very bleak story. Of course, this is what we have come to expect from Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, the deliciously morbid set of books that began with The Bad Beginning and only got wor...more
Lemony Snicket informs us from page 1 that if we are looking for a happy story about 3 orphans, then you best put this book down. We are reminded of this all throughtout this series.
If you don't like a reptitive series, then you best stop reading this rev...more
In this volume the Baudelaire children are forced to endure ridiculous rules, six hour violin concerts, staples, and expensive running shoes. The only bright spot is their encounter with the Quagmire triplets. Isadore...more
Mais heureusement, dan...more
The books have a way of touching some really...more
It takes place at this super fancy prep school and the Baudelaire orphans attend it and it's great because they live on campus too. However being orphans with always bad luck on their hands, they ended up sleeping in this barn with hay. They actually made friends in...more
These books are often branded as being for children. I'm not really sure I would brand it as just being for children. It will definitely appeal to children, but I think to fully understand the humour in...more
I first came to this series after watching the tie-in movie "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events". I love the series for its superb characterization, lovely writing, quirky plotlines, and deeply dark humor. This fifth book in the series carries on the tradition and will not disappoint fans.
Like the rest of the novels in this series, this book is very slender and can be whipped through in a few short hours - if it h...more
This Author, Lemony Snicket uses the important literary elements that of course all spectacular authers like him should use, which includes action, the antagonist element, which he shows through count Olaf, character, which includes Sunny, Klaus, Violet, Count Olaf, and his troupe. He also uses various types of conflic...more
Where the books become really clever is the additional bits of plot woven into the anecdotes, dedications and acknowledgments, written for the older reader, whether parents reading aloud or older children.
The humour is clever, beautifully insightful and infinitely quotable. Type Lem...more
Whereas book four featured very little Count Olaf until the end, with the orphans anticipating his appearance through the bulk of the story, book five introduces him fairly early as a gym teacher. What really amused me is that by this point the orphans are actually learning something. Instead of blurting out, "there'...more
With the series now taking its new form it continues with The Austere Academy. The children are sent to a boarding school, and in it they are subjected to many new and terrible things. There is a pompous Vice Principal, a teacher fully obsessed with his own life, and another obsessed with useless information. The new messages this book sends to people continue along the lines of a terrible world wh...more
"Everybody will die, of course, sooner or later. Circus performers will die, and clarinet experts will die, and you and I will die, and there might be a person who lives on your block, right now, who is not looking both ways before he crosses the street and who will die in just a few seconds, all because of a bus..."
"Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, o...more
This book is about three orphans ( their parents died in a fire accident) Their parents were very rich and they get all the money but like Clause, Sunny and Violet are all under the age of 18 they have to be with Poe who sends them to an academy called The Austere Academy . Thy are well adapted and having fun with there new way of life . Till now...
The orphans fell safe inside because there is a computer anti-count olaf who let him get near them. The Orphans...more
As the series progresses and the mysteries deepen, the children's characters grow and develop in surprising ways as togehter they face obstacles and a growing numbe...more
I don't like unhappy endings, in fact, it's a little more than dislike. I hate them. But when it fits the story, then so be it.
These books are not happy, most of the characters are either evil or incompetent. But the children, the three Baudelaires, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are very interesting, in-depth charact...more
The only problem I found with it was when he the author tried to describe the situation or certain words, it felt like I was being taught in school rather than a reminder. It seemed unreal that a baby that can't even talk would be working a job like that, and that Vice Principal Nero would really be that terrible and still be working at that school (Where's the Principal, anyway?). Most of it didn't feel like it could ev...more
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