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L'ascensore ansiogeno (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  61,897 ratings  ·  1,158 reviews
In their most daring misadventure, the Baudelaire orphans are adopted by very, very rich people, whose penthouse apartment is located mysteriously close to the place where all their misfortune began. Even though their new home in the city is fancy, and the children are clever and charming, I′m sorry to say that still, the unlucky orphans will encounter more disaster and wo...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published 2002 by Salani (first published January 1st 2001)
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Michelle E. Kobus
>Originally read in 2010.
>Reread November 28 - 29, 2013

Dear Count Olaf,

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire
Hayk Mirzoyan
The book "The Ersatz Elevator" is a book I chose to read, because it looked interesting and I thought the title would lead to an interesting story. In this book, three orphans named Violet, Klaus and Sunny(whose parents were killed in a fire), had to live with the Squalors, and soon, a evil man named Olaf who had been chasing them for their enormous fortune, caught up with them. The three kids had to avoid his nasty clutches, and also rescue their two friends who got captured by Olaf, in the fif...more
I'm getting tired and bored of this. Nothing new happens! The same things happen again and again and again and again.... Had it not been for the author's pleasant and playful style I would have threw this out the window. URGH!
Spoilers ahead!
Seriously now. Halfway through I know what is going to happen: the Baulderies will find out a way to stop Count Olaf who will be revealed in the end (with Mr. Poe assisting, appearing from nowhere at all, coming from the mountains in a random place) and manag...more
When I first read J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories as a freshman in high school, I remember thinking "What a second..." when I saw the title "For Esme: With Love and Squalor." These books hold a special place in my memories of childhood, not only for being brilliantly conceived, hilarious novels that taught me about the corruption of innocence long before I needed to learn about it (and long before my freshman English teacher beat the concept to death), but also for (strangely) framing many of my la...more
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I have become a great fan of Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket's) 'Unfortunate Events' series and I love the ingenious ways the Baudelaire orphans overcome various obstacles at every turn. Despite the fact that adults fail them at every opportunity, the Baudelaires know that they can atleast rely on eachother and their various skills.

As a series, The Ersatz Elevator marks the point when a larger mystery gradually starts to unfold - namely the mystery of VFD and the reaso...more
This book wasn't really captivating or resolving in any way, but it was at least nice that the Baudelaire's saw the two Quagmire triplets for a few moments. The only thing I really liked about Book the Sixth is the satirical punch to fads and materialism through Esme's obsession with the IN-significant details.

Also, I don't know how much longer I can handle their misfortune and the stupid adults who always have issues in trusting the children. It's really getting on my nerves!
as this book begins, it seems that the baudelaires have maybe finally caught a break, sort of. yes, the street they live on now is completely overgrown with big bushy trees so it's as black as night even in the middle of the day, which is weird. & the elevator is out of order, so they have to walk up god knows how many flights of stairs (dozens) to get to their new penthouse home. but when they meet their new caretaker, jerome, he seems like a nice guy. he's very accomodating & listens t...more
Chris Blocker
Okay, these books are supposed to be absurd. I get it. But I was somehow able to not let my obsessive sensibilities get in the way through the first five books in this series. It didn't matter than a baby was dangled in a cage, that an old curmudgeon almost tricked a judge into marrying a minor, that children worked in a lumber mill, that these children could stay awake for twenty-four hours day after day, that there are banana eating leeches that can capsize a boat, and that anyone would hire S...more
Dec 15, 2013 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Shelves: children, fiction
This gripping book is part of an amazing series called A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Vocabulary children will learn in this book: ersatz, interval, squalor, superb, dogged, compatriots, mulctuary, halogen, grueling, aqueous, fraught, despicable, luxurious, penthouse, salmonella, indicate, mortified, almanac, resolutely, titanium alloy, legacy, oxygen, aluminum, nefarious, monocle, scraggly, bickering, banister, xenophobe, somniferous, emerging, fruitless, caffeine, stimulant, idiosyncrasies, me...more
Ersatz and idiosyncrasy. Just a couple of new words to add to my vocabulary. Book the sixth was another fun read. It parodied how extravagant and obnoxious the wealthy could be through the many ludicrous "in" things that they gave much importance. The addition of Esme into the mix of villains that scheme after the Baudelaire fortune was unexpected yet amusing. I still fear for the Quagmires' though and hope that they are rescued soon.

Oh, and PS. Still can't totally visualize how Sunny scaled th...more
The formula is set, but this was a much better offering that Austere Academy was. This time the orphans find shelter on Dark Avenue in the penthouse 66 floors up. Esme Squalor and her milquetoast husband offer to care for the children. Despite Esme's disinterest, it appears the children may have found a place to live comfortably with the 71-bedroom penthouse afforded them luxury. Of course, nothing comes easy for the Baudelaires.

Esme is concerned with keeping up with the Joneses. What is "in" is...more
The phrase "sunshine and rainbows" usually implies a happy moment, perhaps accompanied by uplifting music. Except when used sarcastically, which makes it the exact opposite. I'm afraid to say that it's only the sarcastic meaning that applies to this latest adventure of the Baudelaire orphans.

Here the Baudelaires have two guardians: one kind but eager to avoid arguments, and the other who even before revealing her true colors-- a phrase which here means "showing she's a bad guy" and having nothin...more
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...more
Alyssa Miller
“The Ersatz Elevator” is the sixth book in this series. The Baudelaire children are on their way to a new adventure once again. This time, they are taken to the same city they were born in. They were happy to return to the city they loved, however, their troubling future is just around the corner. Their new guardians are Jerome and Esme. Jerome, unlike Esme, is a kind hearted person. Esme is greedy, cruel and obsessed with popularity. The Baudelaires new home is a spacious penthouse with hundred...more
Devlin Scott
The sixth book, The Ersatz Elevator, is highly fantastical but certainly entertaining. This also seems to be the book that begins to pull the series together.

The chic, cosmopolitan Squalors in 667 Dark Avenue and their obsession with what's "in" is a hilarious indictment of shallow yuppies -- plus, their absurdly, mindboggling huge 71-room penthouse is like an Escherian existentially dreamlike madhouse in which it takes hours and hours to walk up the stairs. So weird and surreal, so great.

Jerome Squalor is yet another in a line of well-intentioned, kind adults who nonetheless fail to do anything for the children. It cheesily reminds me of that quote,...more
I read the book "The Ersatz Elevator," by Lemony Snicket. I enjoyed this book, but I didn't like it as much as some of the other books I've read in the series. The book still had a great plot and idea behind it.

The plot starts out with the orphans moving into their new home, with their new guardians, Jerome and Esme. They live in a huge apartment complex in the same town the orphan's house burned down. Sunny, Klaus, and Violet are on a search for their friends that Count Olaf captured, the Quagm...more
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...more
The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth volume in A Series of Unfortunate Events and the novel that brings the Baudelauries back to their home city for however short a time. The Ersatz Elevator is also, unfortunately, the novel that introduces us to Esme Squalor, a detestable sort of character obsessed with being trendy and knowing what’s ‘In’ and ‘out’ at any given moment. Regrettably for the Baudelaires, Orphans happen to be ‘In’ throughout the course of this volume, leading them to their newest ‘hom...more
Alright, I was going to start by saying that I didn't enjoy it, but then I realized that I was so frustrated at the end of the book because it really drew me in, which is actually a GOOD thing.

Accordingly, let me say that I enjoyed the plot twists of this book. Even though I saw the ending coming, I still think it played out well. It was relieving to see the Quagmire kids again, and refreshing to see very little of Olaf, and I actually admired the not-so-subtle jab at fickle people who live thei...more
Once again...very unfortunate events...very unfortunate indeed...

"There are many, many things that are difficult in this life, but one thing that isn't difficult at all is figuring out whether someone is excited or not when they open a present..."

"Arguing with somebody is never pleasant, but sometimes it is useful and necessary to do so..."

"Morning is one of the best times for thinking. When one has just woken up, but hasn't yet gotten out of bed, it is a perfect time to look up at the ceiling,...more
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea Reviews

Rating: 3/5

Storm clouds are perpetually raining on the three Baudelaire children, who now find themselves staring up at the towering apartment building where their new guardians live. Jerome and Esme Squalor own a sprawling penthouse on the very topmost floor, which is saying something when the building has over 600 stories…and the elevators aren’t working. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny soon discover that the elevators aren’t working because elevators aren’t “...more
Cate Neuhauser
This series gets more and more thrilling with each book! The action of the Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket keeps the pages turning long after I had planned to take a break for work and sleep. The story starts, as they all have, with the Baudelaire children meeting their new guardian. This time it is a rich couple names Esme and Jerome Squalor. Esme only cares about money and what is in it fashionable. Jerome is actually loving and caring, despite his faults if hating arguing and going with wha...more
Did you ever think that orphan would move to a town where the people decide what is fashion able and what is not? This book The Ersatz Elevator written by Lemony Snicket is about Baudelaire orphans move to a city where everyone is devoted to what's fashionable.

They are hoping to hide from a man who is trying to get their family's fortune. I like this book because the characters resembles someone I know in my family, school, and neighborhood. The Baudelaire orphans (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny) a...more
It seemed that thinks would get better, but it's better to think about it two times.

The Baudelaires are becoming "less passive" due to their conviction of saving their friends in distress. The seeds of real mistery are starting to geminate, as before, the "bad guys" can easily manipulate the "good ones", and just when they are needed, they draw back.

What was new was that both guardians turned out to be ersatz ones in some way. Like in the other books, there are red herrings for the "good" adult...more

Fans of Lemony Snicket's wonderful Series of Unfortunate Events won't be surprised to find that in the sixth installment the three Baudelaire orphans' new home proves to be something of a mixed bag. As our ever sad but helpful narrator states, "Although 'a mixed bag' sometimes refers to a plastic bag that has been stirred in a bowl, more often it is used to describe a situation that has both good parts and bad parts. An afternoon at the movie theater, for instance, would be a mixed bag if your f

Jul 26, 2010 M.h.f rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intermediate school students - everyone !!
well , this is my first review so im not sure how this goes ...

i started reading this series three years ago , i know ! back in my country only the first three books were translated into my language .
and since then , it was one of my favourites and it got stuck in my mind even though i thought those three books were the only ones in the series and the ending was not a proper one !
and for some reason , after three years i decided to search for it and found out there were 10 more books waiting f...more
In this book the Baudilaire's, get put in a different home. They thought that is was going to be the life because they had a rich family again, and the doorman was looking out for Count Olaf. The mom wasn't very caring about the kids, she just cared about what was "in" or what was "not in". She was very demanding and everything had to be her way or everything was going to be terrible for the rest of the family. On the other hand, the other guardian, Jerome, was very caring about everything and h...more
The Ersatz Elevator, by Lemony Snicket, is a book about three orphans who go and live with Esmé Squalor. The main characters are Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. This book takes place in 667 Dark Avenue. There main internal struggle is that they don’t know were Count Olaf is at. There main external struggle is that Count Olaf is trying to get a hold of them.

During my time reading this book I made a text-to-text connection. There was a part in the book where the orphan’s new guardian tries to be nice...more
Interesting book. I didn't like it as much as the other books in the series though. But it was a nice read. So Violet, Klaus and Sunny are once again sent to live with a strange couple their parents used to know. But all they want to do is search for Duncan and Isadora Quagmire before Count Olaf can swindle them away to some unknown island.

Esme and Jerome Squalor are the Baudelaires' new guardians. Esme is a financial advisor who is obsessed with the latest trends. She's shallow and vain. Jerome...more
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