The Past (2011-2020)

Book Review: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

A popular children’s book, A Series of Unfortunate Events is about the orphaned Baudelaire children who seem to have the worst luck in the world. They are gifted/talented children, but they often encounter unusual and challenging situations.

Their story is not for the faint of heart. The dangerous situations they find themselves in is not something you would wish to happen, even to your worst enemies.

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

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by Lemony Snicket

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Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

It was quite painful to read about the lives of the Baudelaire children because there’s always something bad happening to them. Although good things do happen, the joy you would feel for them would quickly turn to sadness as they would face another misfortune. I admire these children’s outlook on life, as they’re always looking at the silver lining which is a good thing for kids who would read the book to learn. It teaches readers to not be discouraged but instead takes the challenge. In reality, that’s what would help you grow.

The book was an easy read. I couldn’t help but compare it with the movie, and I now understand why the movie had scenes that would happen in later books. It has a short plot but was described well. Another thing I like with Lemony Snicket is that he explains the meaning of words that kids might find hard to understand. In a way, it helps increase a child’s vocabulary, it sure helped me.

I’m not sure when I’ll be able to read the rest of the series, but I surely want to finish them all and find out what fortune awaits the Baudelaire children.

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