If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I’m afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.
In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.
I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.
With all due respect,
“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 we know.”
Another quick read to take a break from the previous book I read. It wasn’t that the previous book was a long read, but it was so thrilling and stressful that I needed something that could be considered light. Sure, nothing in this book is particularly “happy”, but these books remind me of my adolescent years and sometimes I just need a little reminder of the smaller books I used to read.
I liked this book a lot, but I also had to remember that none of these books have a happy ending. It’s not like Lemony Snicket warns us of that in every book or anything (sarcasm). To me, Uncle Monty was the best guardian that they ever had, and it broke my heart when they couldn’t be with him anymore.
Sorry, was that a spoiler?
Go read this book!
Rated: 4/5 ★