Lemony Snicket's work is filled with bitter truths, like: 'It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself.' Or: 'It is very easy to say that the important thing is to try your best, but if you are in real trouble the most important thing is not trying your best, but getting to safety.'
Very funny, very insightful. I think anyone with a twisted sense of what is wonderful and terrible will enjoy this.
fraught with confusion,
This book will not help.
…or at least, that's what the blurb reads. I think this exactly the sort of book it's nice to have around when you're down and struggling with life's inherent unfairness.
Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid is a compilation of quotes from A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket, the Unauthorized Autobiography, and The Beatrice Letters and I am ecstatic to have finally gotten m ...more
While some of this was more common sense, a lot of these were kind of wake up calls and others were just funny. They carry that same sense of doom that all of Snicket's words seem to convey, which I loved.
There was just something about this, it was a quick read but I still felt enlightened despite having already known and experienced most of these things (which may be why I loved it even more). He also described some things so perfectly, I just couldn't help but love this little collec ...more
"Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night's sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landsca ...more
And I finished it.
It's not a story, so don't go into it thinking you will get a tale. However, it has some great little quotes, some serious. Some humorous. Because of this, I was able to enjoy it. For example, I really liked "Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes, and reci ...more
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.
Because even though those examples aren't what give Snicket's collection their depth,
One of the remarkable things about love is that, despite very irritating people writing poems and songs about how pleasant it is, ...more
Eight of my fave "truths you can't avoid":
Perhaps if we saw what was ahead of us, and glimpsed the crimes, follies, and misfortunes that would befall us later on, we would all stay in our mother's wombs, and then there would be nobody in the world but a great number of very fat, very irritated women.
It is one of life's bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting intere ...more
This one obviously stood out among the others, with its simply clean cover and of course, the interesting title. I picked it up to find out more.
It didn't take very long to read through the entire book. With chapters laid out on different aspects of one's life (Family, Home, ...more
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."
"It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone you know. It is like walking up the st ...more
However, like any collection of quotes, some are great, some fall flat, some are not great.
Honestly, even though I liked reading this collection, part of me thinks they were better in context and in the series.
"A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because someone will always be in it, taking books off shelves and staying up late reading them."
-Lemony Snicket ...more
When I first saw this on order at my library, I wondered if it was simply a reprint of the previous quote collection, "Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid," but I requested it anyway, since I would enjoy looking at the new illustrations. Happily for me, this is a brand new book! Although it does include some of the best quotes from the past, it predominantly features lines from more recent works, along w ...more
The whole idea of this book is to present advice in a witty or humorous way. But it isn't really all that witty or humorous, because the author's just using a schtick. You know what, I can make another entry just like it out of the template he kept using: "Taking Physics is just like having a car accident. You're in utter terror throughout the whole experience and ultimatel ...more
I particularly liked the quotes about reading and libraries. For example: "A library is like an island in the middle o ...more
If you've read "A Series of Unfortunate Events," some of this might seem superfluous, but if you don't know Lemony Snicket, some of those same quotes are going to seem completely off-the-wall. And, yet, there are some quotes (including one about aphorisms at the end) that I think would've made me chuckle ...more
'Horseradish' is an excellent name for the book; bitter truths indeed. Funny, and worth reading (especially to your angsty 12-year old girl or 14-year old boy), but bitter. ...more
For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
For All The Wrong Questions: