“The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)” by Lemony Snicket
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
- I could see the appeal of the book but it didn’t work for me.
- Things are just a bit too dark for me. Dead parents, creepy family member trying to get money, no way out. I realize the books aren’t going to be happy but I was wanting something happy to happen to the kids.
- I think Snicket was trying to make his books feel like a modern Roald Dahl type of book. Sadly I don’t think he made it.
- The narrator was a bit annoying. Breaking the fourth wall is hard to do. I don’t like the way the narrator is explaining things to the reader. I prefer when they encourage the reader to figure it out or to look it up.
- The marriage thing really rubbed be the wrong way. It just feels very icky.
- I liked that Violet and Klaus are different types of kids. Violet is smart, has an engineering brain, and wants to invent things. Klaus is smart and bookish.
- The book would be great for younger readers out there who want something a bit dark.
The bottom line? I might try another book in the future simply because of quick they are to read but I wasn’t terribly impressed.