Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

Title: The Wide Window
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 3
Author: Lemony Snicket
Publisher: HarperCollins
Length: 214 Pages
Publication Date: February 25, 2000
Reviewed Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle Edition, eBook, Audiobook
Source: Gift from my parents
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Get it @: Amazon | Book Depository

Book Descrption:

Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all. If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signaling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair. I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,
 Lemony Snicket

In this book we find the children yet again going to meet another distant relative that will ‘care’ for them like their parents did, If not somewhat like it. This time the children are aboard the Fickle Ferry which takes them across Lake Lachrymose in order for them to meet their new caretaker. The woman turns out to be quite a strange, annoying, annoying and a rather paranoid person. Things aren’t exactly peaches and cream for the children; but they understand that she only means well and they are better off with her than they ever were with Count Olaf. But of course Count Olaf is still out on the loose and searching for ways to steal their fortune. Yet again he comes back and with a brand new arsenal of tricks up his sleeve.

The children don’t really have fun at Aunt Josephine’s house unlike at Uncle Monty’s. But even though their stay at Aunt Josephine’s isn’t by far the best it’s better than anything else. Although the house is in a way scary, cold and uninviting the children manage to not lose hope that dear Aunt Josephine’s paranoia will slowly lessen or diminish and things will brighten up around.

The Baudelaire Children are, of course the main characters starting with Violet Baudelaire. She is the eldest of the three siblings, absolutely loves to invent things and makes sure to do her best to protect her loved ones. It is not strange for her hair to be tied up by a ribbon whenever she is thinking about a new invention. Klaus Baudelaire is the middle child and a voracious reader. At the age of twelve he knows one heck of a lot more than your average adult will ever know. Then there is also Sunny Baudelaire, just an infant with four very sharp teeth; she understands what goes on around her perfectly and sometimes reacts better than her siblings do. Also her hobby and or passion is biting, something that comes out handy often enough. Mr. Poe is still the fairly kind and responsible yet seemingly blind to the reality the man has been so far. As a close friend to the Baudelaire Children’s parents he is in charge of their fortune and what happens to the children. Conveniently enough, he is also a banker. Mrs. Anwhistle or Aunt Josephine is the sister in law of the children’s second cousin. She is a grammar fanatic and her personal library is filled with books on proper grammar. She is paranoid about almost everything, from door knobs to realtors. Truth be told her irrational fears remind me a lot of an aunt of mine whom is also afraid of almost everything. Hmm, this is a small world indeed.

In this book Count Olaf decides to make his appearance as the weary and experienced Captain Julio Sham. I believe it is unnecessary to say that no adult realizes the truth about Count Olaf unlit the children, after many hardships, prove that Captain Sham is indeed Count Olaf.

I loved this book. Took me a while to finally write the review but it’s still a great story to read. I have to admit thought that Aunt Josephine really, really, really made me want to slap her a few of times.

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  1. I loved the series, mostly because of the kids. They steal the show, don't you know. :-)

    1. Yes I totally couldn't agree more!


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