Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket

I have recently read The Series of Unfortunate Events by the brilliantly mysterious author Lemony Snicket. This is a tale of three very resourceful children: Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire who each have very distinct interests and hobbies which aid them greatly in (quite frankly) surviving.
Violet is an inventor, Klaus a researcher and Sunny a biter. Whenever Violet is thinking up an invention she ties up her hair in a long black ribbon. Whenever Klaus is thinking very hard about something he pays little to no attention to what he’s doing and his surroundings. Sunny is an infant and communicates mostly in words unrecognizable in English or any other language for that matter (though her siblings have learned to understand her perfectly.)
These characters have many flaws, interests and hobbies to which I can-if not relate to-certainly understand. Despite the very real traits of the Baudelaire’s the thing that makes me believe in the events they endure without question the most is that things do not always work out in the end. The next morning they do not wake up to find their troubles all solved for them and the sun shining bright.
In my opinion, Lemony Snicket has written a story that has many truths demonstrating the brutal unfairness of life, though he always remembers to add a bit of hope at the bottom of the heap of unfortunate events…
4 Stars,

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