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The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
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Mar 04, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: favorite-authors, re-read
Read from March 02 to 04, 2012

** spoiler alert ** In rereading this book, I've discovered that Aunt Josephine is one of my least favorite adult characters in this entire book. I also vaguely recall hating the adults in the next book, The Miserable Mill, which I don't look forward to rereading at all-- but that'll have to wait for now. Aunt Josephine makes this story incredibly irritating because she is just so terrified of everything. Her fear leads her to give up the orphans to Count Olaf in order to save her own neck, which is cowardly and awful. In later books, when their guardians willingly give the orphans up to Olaf or turn out to be in league with him somehow, the plots are at least interesting and they add complexity. Josephine has no complexity, really. But whereas Uncle Monty (from the second book) is one-dimensional but likable, Josephine is one-dimensional and unlikable. And that's terrible.

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