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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
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Aug 02, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: childrens-fiction, american-author, gothic, no-brain-needed, read-in-2015
Read from May 08 to 09, 2015

I absolutely adored The Bad Beginning - a fabulous introduction to the series and the perfect size to entertain the children it is aimed at. Although, I have to say that adults will find this yarn compelling enough to laugh at too.

The orphans in this story are tragically unlucky, but strive to turn their lives around with almost unbelievable optimism. Each child has their own unique talent, not superhuman in nature, but ordinary enough to relate to children.

The gothic storyline is immense, funny, tragic and unique. Lemony Snicket is a genius in storytelling of this kind, hooking you in with his: Don't read any further if ..., lines. You can't help but not read on. The storyline may be dark, incredibly dark, and somewhat more mature than most children's fiction, but nonetheless it is apt for the series as a whole. Children don't always have to read fairytales and happily ever after stories. Count Olaf is a despicable antagonist, which only drives your admiration for the orphans even stronger.

The book hints at further, unearthed mysteries that will become apparent along the series, which is a brilliant device for children to follow. I certainly want to relive this series as a whole.

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