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The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket
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Nov 01, 2008

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bookshelves: kids-books, read-in-2006
Recommended for: snicket completists, crazed fans of epistolary tomes
Read in November, 2007 , read count: thrice

i have to admit, i don't get this book. it's sort of large-format & interactive, a collection of letters, notes, telegrams, & other communications exchanged between...i don't even know. i think the baudelaire orphans' mother beatrice is the beatrice in some instances, & the baby beatrice (kit's child) is the beatrice in other cases, & supposedly they spawn like thirty years or something--maybe more. see, this is what i don't get. it's hard to tell who the lettersare from, who they are for, & when they were supposedly written, so although there is probably supplemntary information here that would explain lemony snicket's (fictitious, i know) investment in covering the trials & travails of the baudelaire orphans, it's almost impossible to suss it out. you just kind of have to appreciate it as its own weird thing. it left me feeling strangely depressed. but sometimes moral ambiguity does that to me.

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