Hmm. I wonder if I'll finish all twelve books in one go, or if I'll get bored and move on to something else for awhile...?Snicket, Lemony. The Wide Window. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.Summary
: Book the Third of A Series of Unfortunate Events
. With illustrations by Brett Helquist. The Baudelaire children join their panphobic Aunt Josephine over the Lachrymose Lake. Count Olaf appears as Captain Sham and forces their aunt to write a fake suicide note handing custody of the children over to Sham. The Baudelaires manage to recover their Aunt Josephine, but Count Olaf pushes her into the lake and yet again makes his escape.Comments
: The desolate lakeshore setting plus the "all we have is each other" existentialist maunderings at the end of the third book remind me of the poem, "Dover Beach." *ahem* After the kindly Justice Strauss and Uncle Monty of the first two books, the stakes get ratcheted up with absolutely NO sympathetic characters. Josephine is self-absorbed and ridiculously frightened; even having to spend significant amounts of time with someone like her would under other circumstances be deemed profoundly unfortunate in itself. We also find out (though the characters do not yet acknowledge his mention of "arson") at the end of this volume what we have been suspecting all along--that Count Olaf is also responsible for the destruction of the Baudelaire mansion and the (presumed) death of their parents that headed off this "series of unfortunate events."Notes
: hardcover, 1st edition, 50th printingRating
- Just keep reading, just keep reading, just keep reading...