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The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7)
You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about th lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages.
I can think of no single reason wh ...more
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The search for the Quagmire triplets in The Ersatz Elevator ended with a literal red herring, but The Vile Village is almost entirely red herring, as the children are sent to become the wards of a village known only by the mysteriou ...more
Thanks to the heroic and mysterious efforts of Lemony Snicket it seems that th ...more
What's really bugging me is this slow dribble of information. Who was Jaque Snicket? What does Beatrice have to do with everything? I never would've thought there was such a mysterious storyline behind these books, one that weaves through the whole series. I'm so curious about the final solution.
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
I liked it very much!
The images that kept crawling into my mind with all those ravens flying together at sunset and dawn were soooo beautiful! And the riddle with the poems was very challenging! When they got the last note I was like
"I KNOW WHERE THE QUAGMIRE TRIPLETS ARE"
And the opportunity for the Baudelaires to practice their talents in that huge library and inventing studio was superb! And the trick in the cell was so inspired! And the plan to save Zack!
I need answers. What the hell is ...more
There's a few things absent from this read through, most of them positive. He isn't constantly reiterating the three children's skills in a "this is for Violet, this is for Klaus, this is for Sunny" sort of rhythm. There guardian is slightly more relatable, and altogether decent guy who gets severely skittish ...more
Vocabulary children will learn in this book: vile, punctilio, notorious, assortment, skittish, aphorism, paltry, horizon, distortion, mirage, desolate, scuffling, windswept, morrow, nevermore, roosting, rustle, superlative, orthodontist, fowl, devotee, nefarious, ordeal, self-sustaining, tedious, quizzically, gargantuan, literary, pester, ornithological, dismay, hedge clippers, strenuous, intimidated, pandemonium, kindling, pe ...more
Knowing what's coming in The End I've been on the look out for anti-religious or secular-humanist themes, and I think I find the first hint of it in this, Book 7, the centerpiece of the series. And if you know me, you know what a big fan I am of organized religion so we'll see what my opinion is of this series when we're done with the re-read. But I'm a tolerant fellow, and I like good art as such. Bei ...more
The village is quite fun, replete with dozens of vile villagers, hundreds of ridiculous rules, and thousands upon thousands of crows.
The off-beat humour continues with Sunny's one worders and their elaborate translation, and the extreme stupidity of everyone who isn't a Baudelaire.
The penalty for breaking almost any villa ...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
The satirical portrayals of the adult characters in this one were back on (imo, anyway) the funny side rather than the annoying side.
My favorite thing: the self-sustaining hot air mobile home was 100% inspired by The Twenty-one Balloons, and at first I was a little bothered by how similar this invention is to some of the ones in that book. However, ...more
When we were together I felt breathless.
Now, you are.
I rate this book with 4 stars. I did find the Ersatz Elevator much more interesting, but the Vile Village was also good in its own way.
VFD, which stood for Village of Fowl Devotees, which I've forgotten, is a town filled with lots of people who have this intense adoration for crows and have this long and absurd set of rules that must be followed, even though most of them are ridiculous and some, even contradict each other.
Hector s ...more
In the previous book the Baudelaire orphans were sent to a prefatory school where they met the Quagmire twins. Before the twins were kidnapped they told the Baudelaire orphans that they had ...more
This Vil ...more
- VFD acronym of the book: (I loved the various meanings of VFD throughout the series) Village of Fowl Devotees
- I remember the bit at the end with the Baudelaire's inventive/creative/resourceful cleverness (these bits are al ...more
I love Lemony Snicket (or, rather, Daniel Handler). I think he is such a talented and original writer. When I was at primary school, I remember devouring the A Series of Unfortunate Events, anxiously awaiting the next installment.
Now, a few years later, (ten years since this book was published? Really?) I am still a huge fan of the series. However, it was only when I thought about it - and I mean, really thought about it - I realised that, fantastic though the books were, there were huge chunks...more
Anyone following the adventures of the Baudelaires knows that unfortunate events are sur ...more
They don't have an easy time in the Village - but at least they have Hector. They always have one person who is on their side - mostly. Everything goes downhill qu ...more
He has a tremendous talent for opening the books. From the second I open these books, I am hooked.
I also love the letters to the reader than he includes on the back cover. Part of this one:
"It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire childre ...more
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Audio book
Plot summary:Under a new government program based on the saying, It takes a village to raise a child, the Baudelaire orphans are adopted by an entire town, with disastrous results.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.):
Review citation (if available):Dowler, Farida S. School Library Journal , August 2001, Vol. 47 Issue 8, p188-189
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When we were together I felt breathless.
Now you are.”