A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning.

Another book review.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning.”

 

By Lemony Snicket

Published in 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers, New York.

 

The genre of this book is fantasy. The book is written from the point of view of Lemony Snicket. The style of writing is relatively informal and it’s suitable for the intended audience. (meaning children, young teenagers)

The story is about the three Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, and how they deal with the death of their parents.Throughout the book, the children try to get away from their legal guardian, Count Olaf. This is the first novel in the series, and I feel it acts as an introduction to the characters and their circumstances. The Count is despicable right down to his core. The children are victims. Each child has its own “talent” that is peculiar and specific. These skills are used by the children throughout the story which helps to drive the plot forward. The narrative is filled with continuous misfortune. (This is not only depressing but also slightly difficult to accept) The author addresses this by writing time and time again that the reader should put the book down, if they do not like the misery.

For most of the book I felt frustrated. I could not relate to the characters. My impression of them was such: Mr. Poe is an idiot. Or deaf. He refused to listen to the children which is infuriating. Count Olaf and his entourage are sadists. The children are completely helpless and left to fend for themselves. The sum of all this truly does add up to a series of unfortunate events. I felt disappointed when I finished reading the book; the ending felt weak and abrupt.

To conclude; I have expected more from these books. (I have always wanted to read them as a child, but never had the chance) The language used in the book was annoying, the descriptions long and unnecessary. One thing is for certain: it is meant for children or young teenagers. Young readers who want a book filled with adventure and obstacles will like the book. It is a good book for parents to read to their children. I would not recommend these books to an audience which is slightly older simply because they will not enjoy it, as I’m sure you have guessed from what I’ve written.

 

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