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La sinistra segheria (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  79,923 ratings  ·  1,651 reviews
"La sinistra segheria" è probabilmente quello che racconta le vicende più infelici degli orfani Baudelaire. Violet, Klaus e Sunny sono spediti a lavorare in una segheria a Meschinopoli, dove incontrano sciagure e disgrazie dietro ogni tronco d'albero. Sono spiacente di informarvi che le pagine di questo libro contengono cose assai sgradevoli, come ad esempio una gigantesca ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Salani (first published April 15th 2000)
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Apr 25, 2007 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids and adults who think like them
Lemony Snicket is fun, it's terribly depressing and highly entertaining. All the books make me feel like I'm 12 again, and I curl up on the couch, laughing out loud and eating gummy bears.
Georgina Ortiz
Favorite insight: It is much, much worse to receive bad news through the written word than by somebody simply telling you, and I'm sure you understand why. When somebody simply tells you bad news, you hear it once, and that's the end of it. But when bad news is written down, whether in a letter or a newspaper or on your arm in felt tip pen, each time you read it, you feel as if you are receiving the news again and again.
Jason Koivu
Miserable indeed. Unfortunately this book in A Series of Unfortunate Events takes its title too literally. I enjoyed the first book and love the concept of put-upon children succeeding with no foreseeable hope on the horizon. However, the execution is too formulaic, mill-like if you will. I can put up with the repetition, because the author's bits of wit keep it fun, but this had less wit and more formula than the first three.

I'm not sure I have adequate words to describe my reaction to this book.

I think I need more time to digest. I feel like I stepped out of the Twilight Zone, and I'm suffering from a rare form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

EDIT: I have now changed my final rating to three stars. After reading book 5, it's become clear to me that the pacing and tone of this book is far too irrepressibly dreary, even for an unhappy story like the Baudelaire's. It felt a lot like being battered by a particularly
Kat Thomas
As a series these books are incredible. The formulaic plot that is repeated in every book satisfies the child who is being read to's expectation of what's going on, right and wrong and the band of simple characters.

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
Deborah Markus
I've already read this on the page, and just now listened to the recorded edition, which is read by the author. If Snicket himself had read the entire series, I would have simply enjoyed it; but it's horribly unfair to ask any reader to follow Tim Curry, who read the first two books. Snicket's reading is sweet and heartfelt; it's just that Curry's is brilliant, especially when it comes to Count Olaf. Also, I think it's fair to say that Snicket writes with a British accent but speaks with an Amer ...more
These are really pretty crappy books. The jokey self-referential writing (which was already tiresome by the end of the first book) is just irritating after the umpteenth repetition, the characters are unsympathetic (in the case of the main characters), one-dimensional (everyone else), or obnoxious (the narrator), and the plot repetitive and predictable. It's a good thing I'm a devoted dad and if my son wants me to read these to him at bedtime, I'll grit my teeth and read 'em. But I don't have to ...more

I really enjoy the Author's writing, whether it is as Lemony Snicket or Daniel Handler, but at least in this particular series it has been getting a little repetitive - it is the exact same storyline in every book. I know that there's a mane plot, obviously, but each book so far has followed the same formula:

Orphan kids
+ Bad Guardian
+ Count Olaf
+ Underestimated kids

= Bad & frustrating situation. Always.

It is the exact same thing over and over - the only change
Nicholas Karpuk
This book literally sat in a pile of items ready for a trip to the used book store. I read the first three books belonging to Lemony Snickets series, and while I find the prose and humor deeply amusing, and Dahl-style sensibility enjoyable, the formula began to wear on me by the end of the third book.

Fortunately for me, a review of children's entertainment worth adult reading sited this series and said that it strayed away from the formula in the later books. Since virtually any of these books t
Another fun one as I slowly make my way through this series.

I like the subtle breaking of stereotypes in this book (as with all the books). Yes; Violet invents and Klaus reads in all the books as opposed to the other way around - subtle, but significant. But I liked how in this book there's the casual mention of Klaus' mother having been the one who taught him to fish (as opposed to his father). And there are other little things that show women in a positive light throughout the series without i
Barbara ★
The Baudelaire orphans are extremely rich and Count Olaf (a complete stranger) wants that money! He will do anything to make this happen as the orphans have found out in the last three books. In this episode, he tricks the child welfare guy, Mr. Poe into leaving the kids at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill where they must toil from dawn til dusk for their gum. (Yes they get gum for lunch and coupons for pay and a disgusting casserole for dinner.)

Violet, being the inventor, is always able t
Teresa B
This "woe-filled" collection of thirteen books about the tribulations of three unusually talented orphans will keep adults entertained as well as children. When I first saw the series I thought, "That looks too depressing," but soon I discovered the hilarity in overabundant alliteration, contemptible villains, and idiotic bystanders.

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
This one took a decided turn to the dark. Not that the story's been all sunshine and rainbows up until this point, but even in the midst of unhappy circumstances, the first three books still managed to be fun, entertaining, and frequently hilarious in a snarky-sarcastic way. This book was just... dark.

I think a good bit of what made me so uncomfortable about this one is (view spoiler)
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Wow. So far, I haven't read the next ones in the series and even though The Wide Window is still my favorite, I really loved this one. It has the same repetitive qualities of the past books (Count Olaf in disguise, new guardian with a quality that separates them from the others, funny vocabulary lessons, ridiculously long translations of Sunny's speech, etc) but it's told in a way that I don't find annoying. It's sort of like Scooby-Doo, where every episode ends in "I would've g
Two things about this fourth book in the series:

(1) I only noticed, when it was mentioned in this book, how all the nice characters (not necessarily guardians) in the first three books had libraries in their houses. Justice Strauss in the first book had a huge library of law books, where Klaus was able to find the solution to their problem; Uncle Monty in the second book had a library of reptile books, and in book 3, Aunt Josephine also had a large library in her house overlooking Lachrymose La
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Here is a sampling of vocabulary a child will learn when reading this book: finite, wretched, atrocious, paltry, catastrophe, assiduous, diligent, pathetic, optimist, cacophony, askew, psychoneurotically, ocular, backbreaking, perplexing, disentangled, ostentatiously, horrendous, entwined, entangled, grotesque, unnerving, inordinate, irregular, immoderate, disorderly, incredulously, nefarious, dastardly, curtly, heinous, bootless, cahoots, conceivably, absurd, tome, endeavor, scrutinize, breadth ...more
Julie S.
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Miserable Orphan Fiction. The Baudelaires are sent to work at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. The owner of the mill doesn't seem to be even slightly related to them, and no attempt is made to explain how Mr. Poe found the guy or why he decided to leave the kids there. I need my ridiculous orphan fiction to at least pretend to have some internal logic.

Outside of Lemony Snicket himself, my favorite part of these books is Count Olaf in disguise yet openly menacing the orphans while their naive but wel
I didn't like it quite as much as the Reptile Room, but the writing was still perfect. Lemony Snicket's analogies always make me laugh. And the words he uses make my spine tingle up and down. Maybe it's because I'm a writer? I don't know. But I do know that I adore his writing style.
Me encantan estos libros.

Creo que con este entendí el mensaje que les deja este libro a los chicos más chicos. Pienso que todos los nenes deberían leer esta serie, porque en ella siempre, siempre, los Baudelaire usan las bibliotecas como refugio, los libros como salvación y las palabras como arma.

Siempre que llegan a un lugar horrible como todos los que pisaron hasta ahora en la serie, la biblioteca es lo único que los hace sentirse seguros. Y siempre que el Conde Olaf aparece para hacerles al
I’m rather disappointed that the film never used this book or any book after as the plot is just as great from here on. So if you’re someone who watched the film first and is now on the books questioning why there are so many just know that things continue with the brilliance.

This time the children are not handed into the care of a distant relative, instead their fate has changed. Nevertheless, the past is still chasing them and the children are still dealing with unfortunate events which are fo
Jbb Lim
Well, well, well... this is a pleasant surprise to the series. The repetition is still there but the setting on how the Baudelaire have been treated here is way more interesting. All I can say is that the series is progressively changing as both characters and plots are coming to a much more challenging phase!

As we all know all 3 kids are talented respectively. Inventor, Reader & Biter! Now, in this plot, one of the Baudelaire has been compromised and the remaining 2 are suppose to inter-ada
Alyssa Miller
“The Miserable Mill” is the fourth book in “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”. This is an outstanding book written by Lemony Snicket. The Baudelaire children have once again been sent to another guardian. The children refer to their new guardian as Sir. This time the children’s odds of getting out of there alive are very slim. They were sent to work in a mill in exchange for their new guardian keeping Count Olaf away. For once, Count Olaf is not around, as far as the children can see anyways. Klau ...more
Bryce Akey
I enjoyed reading "The Miserable Mill." It begins in Mr. Poe's car, as the children are being brought to another place to stay. The Baudelaire children have had some struggles ever since their parents died in a car crash. This time, they are headed to a place called Lucky Smells Lumber Mill. They are told that as long as they stay at the mill Count Olaf will never be able to find them ever again. When they arrive, they find out some bad news. They are told that they have to work in the lumber mi ...more
It all starts like the way it begins in the previous books, meeting their new guardian. This was around the time I started to get tired of reading the series, coz the plot and pattern is so predictable.
My least favourite of the series so far. The ending was even more unrealistic than usual, it was definitely the most depressing installment yet, and I really wish it had gone into more detail about exactly how (view spoiler) I'm getting a little weary of this formulaic plot, but according to everyone I know who has read this series, The Aust ...more
Andrew Casey
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James Hoch
The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket is a story about the three children who fall victim to very unfortunate events.The three Baudelaire children are hunted by an evil man by the name of Count Olaf, who is determined to steal the Baudelaire fortune left for the children.

The main characters are Klaus, Violet, and Sunny. Klaus is the smartest of the three and spends his time reading books and inventing new things. Violet is the oldest of the three. Violet keeps watch over the children and tries to
Drew Graham
Book the Fourth! For some reason (that I still can't quite figure out), the Baudelaires are this time sent to the Lucky Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville, to live--and work--under the "care" of the manager of the mill known only as Sir. Count Olaf is back of course, and this time in a new and devious disguise as ever. This time around the kids have to branch out and use skills other than those they are most known for to work out their problems and save themselves from Count Olaf's nefarious schem ...more
The Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are being moved again after another disastrous foster home placement following the death of their parents. Travelling to Paltryville, the children find themselves under the not-so-watchful eye of “Sir” who runs the Lucky Smells Lumbermill where they are forced to work. When Klaus glasses break, he is forced to go to Dr. Georgina Orwell who seems to hypnotize Klaus. What is Orwell’s plan for the Baudelaire children and could she be working with the ...more
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
  • The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
  • The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)
  • The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
  • The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9)
  • The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)
  • The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)
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