Praise for the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series by Lemony Snicket.
Since book one, Lemony never failed to emphasize the words unfortunate and mi...morePraise for the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series by Lemony Snicket.
Since book one, Lemony never failed to emphasize the words unfortunate and misery along with other words which give off a rather gloomy and sad effect. I was not a fan of that repetitive narration style. The only reason I stayed and believed in this series was because of the seemingly well-formed plot and the interesting turn out of events as portrayed by the film. I knew very well that the series was meant for children even though I strongly felt like it has been steered wrongly. The books may have been written plainly but in no other way can these books be rightfully likened, and hence justified, to be included in the children literature section.
It was said that when the author was writing the series, he and his editor found it right to publish the books under the narrator's name rather than his. It must have gotten to the point where it felt like he really was writing his own reality, with an accumulation of actual researches and histories, rather than a collection of ideas for a fiction series.
Even after numerous warnings, I was not at all affected by the serious of unfortunate events. It was not until the thirteenth book that it got to me. These are not just books now. To me, they are as real as they can be. And possibly, as real as it ever was for Handler himself. It is deeply upsetting to think that this may be happening right now to anyone in the world, and it may even be more strange to discuss it in this review inasmuch as it relays all the misery the world could ever offer. But ultimately, Handler seems to really get the flow of life. And it is for that reason that I look up to him more now, after reading the entire series.
For having to tell a superb yet truly saddening story, for naturally forgetting his own life while diving into writing someone else's tales, and for intermingling reality and fiction in the most stupendous way.
I might be as wicked as Count Olaf or the other two mysterious new villains for wishing that the children would just be as...moreSunny isn't a baby anymore.
I might be as wicked as Count Olaf or the other two mysterious new villains for wishing that the children would just be as bad as their ultimate bane. They should have just let Esme fall into the pit.
As the Baudelaires' unfortunate circumstances fill the tenth book of the series, many mysteries are solved but are still replaced by new ones. And as the Baudelaires reach the V.F.D. headquarters, they think that maybe, just maybe, they had found the answers to many of their lingering questions. After answering three questions, however, they ask themselves the same question. When will these mysteries stop piling up?
Now I wonder, with only three books left, how can the children solve these mysteries?
The Slippery Slope is an interesting part of the whole. I think this is the first book to show more than the others. And for that, this is the best book yet. The Baudelaires learn more about their parents' involvement. They also find an interesting person who they journey with until the end of the book. Apart from their past guardians, we also find out about other people who are believed to be members of the organization. We learn about volunteers who were authors and inventors. We also learn about the lives of the two white-faced women who lost a sibling and their home because of a fire. Yes, the two white-faced women who worked as servants of Count Olaf. And who walked away as they were ordered to throw the youngest Baudelaire off the cliff.
As the Baudelaires and the Quagmire triplet go forward, they realize that even though they're not part of the organization, they were already trained to be volunteers since The Bad Beginning.(less)
For the first time ever, they are on their own. The Baudelaires are convinced that no one can help them any longer. There's Mr. Poe who does nothing m...moreFor the first time ever, they are on their own. The Baudelaires are convinced that no one can help them any longer. There's Mr. Poe who does nothing more than send them to people who are supposed to be taking care of them but end up.. let's just say they either try to kill the Baudelaire orphans(?), end up getting killed themselves, accuse the orphans of something utterly terrible, or are not brave enough to help the Baudelaires and be their guardian.
Things are not looking up for the children. And as they get further away, they realize that there's no use in going back to Mr. Poe just so he can send the orphans to another guardian who might be as terrible or more terrible than the one before. They take part in the activities of the Volunteers Fighting Disease during the day and live in the unfinished wing of the hospital at night.
For the first time ever, they are on their own. And for the first time since the gloomy and very unfortunate day at the beach, they are separated. And someone gets left behind. More mysteries begin to unfold while others remain untouched. Ultimately, the orphans escape once more and find solace in the most unexpected place. At least "until something better came along." I sat pondering, is something better ever going to come?(less)