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The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket 
26th-Jun-2006 08:28 am
The halfway marker.

Snicket, Lemony. The Ersatz Elevator. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
Summary: Book the Sixth of A Series of Unfortunate Events. With illustrations by Brett Helquist. The Baudelaire children are taken in by Esmé Squalor, a woman obsessed with what's "in" who also happens to be in secret cahoots with Count Olaf, this time disguised as the auctioneer Gunther. Though the children discover their friends the Quagmires down a false elevator shaft, they are unable to stop the auction that leads to Olaf again making off scot-free, Quagmire triplets in tow.
Comments: This novel represents an important turning point in the series; for the first time ever, the Baudelaires cease to be passive victims and start to be proactive participants in the trajectory of their own destinies. The point is now not just to avoid Olaf but to rescue their friends. Moreover, at the end of the novel, they choose their next destination on the basis of its connection to the initials V.F.D. Also, this installment gives us Esmé, the sixth most important financial advisor in the city, and her diffident house husband Jerome. Even caricatured villains who happen to be obsessed with fashion are progressive. Oh yeah. We also get Violet yearning for a toolbox. Girly behavior, you say?
Notes: hardcover, 1st edition, 35th printing
Rating: 6/10 - An important installment. If you're skipping around, don't miss this one.
1st-Jul-2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
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