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The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket 
24th-Jun-2006 01:23 pm
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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 printing
Rating: 5.5/10 - Just keep reading, just keep reading, just keep reading...
Comments 
24th-Jun-2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
Umm, so basically it’s the same plot each time, but with different guardian who gets killed off or whatever? ^^;
24th-Jun-2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yep. It's totally episodic thus far, if you don't count the author's meta-story and ongoing "mysteries." Like reading a manga, actually... ^^;;;
24th-Jun-2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
Then again, the target audience is a little younger than us ^__^
24th-Jun-2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
The same as most manga. ^_~

Still, it's SUCH a pleasure to find a bestselling children's book series that I don't object to on feminist grounds, at least. (The author is from San Francisco, so, surprise surprise...)
24th-Jun-2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
The same as most manga.

Huh, yeah ^_^;;

Hmm, did you see the movie? I didn’t, but I wonder if it measures up to the books...
24th-Jun-2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw it. A lot of special effects and Jim Carey starpower razzle dazzle. Perhaps because the Lemony Snicket books' first advantage is an engaging prose style, the don't translate as well onscreen. The books come across as modest, personable...and Hollywood doesn't do small. ^^;
24th-Jun-2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
I've got to read those books eventually. I did enjoy the movie but I'm sure the books are better (I've never seen a movie where the books were not far superior to the movie).

I might start doing this sort of thing on my own journal. I'm sure I won't be quite as ambitious as you are (200 books and it's barely half way through the year! Wow), but it might be fun to make some non-political posts for awhile (though the bulk might be political books anyway).
24th-Jun-2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
How many political books could you do? I wouldn't be able to do more than a dozen or so--it all makes me so ANGRY these days!!! I'd end up giving myself a stroke or an ulcer. ^^;
25th-Jun-2006 02:17 am (UTC)
I don't know. It's been awhile since I read one and they're piling up. In case you couldn't tell from my constant posting on the subject, politics seems to be a primary interest of mine. Besides, I've wanted to start making public posts lately but would rather my journal not turn into the hell it was before I started making the political posts friends only (damn trolls)
25th-Jun-2006 02:18 am (UTC)
Besides, I get so worked up about politics anyway that if I'm going to have a stroke or an ulcer I'm already well on my way...
25th-Jun-2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
Besides, I've wanted to start making public posts lately but would rather my journal not turn into the hell it was before I started making the political posts friends only (damn trolls)

Err...I'm not sure I'd guarantee troll-less safety in book reviews, though. I've had "HOW DARE YOU HATE MY BOOK!!" authors themselves with too much time on their hands come after me. >_<

Though if you read people like Noam Chomsky, I doubt that'll happen.
25th-Jun-2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
Well, I've never really had all that much interest in Chomsky but I doubt he'd have time to visit my little corner of the web.

As long as I don't review any Ann Coulter books I think I can escape without any major bloodshed, and with my sanity intact.
25th-Jun-2006 02:37 am (UTC)
Your last line made me hum "just keep reading, just keep reading, just keep reading reading reading" to the tune Dory sang in Finding Nemo. :-)
The series sound very tempting...
25th-Jun-2006 11:58 am (UTC)
Your last line made me hum "just keep reading, just keep reading, just keep reading reading reading" to the tune Dory sang in Finding Nemo. :-)

We're on the same wavelength. ^_^ It's the tune I was hearing in my head too.
1st-Jul-2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
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