Title: The Wide Window
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #3
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Gothic
Dates read: 7th – 17th November 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
5th sentence, 74th page: “But that’s another error in the note,” Klaus said.
If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read 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 the one you are holding 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,
The third instalment in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series is just as hilariously tragic as the rest of the books. It is filled with everything and anything you could possibly think of going wrong. Which is exactly what you should be expecting by this point in the series. Yet, its still pleasantly surprising and somewhat brilliant in all of its horrible glory. Especially since, whilst you know that everything is going to go wrong… you’re not entirely sure how it will go so awry.
The guardian in this story is grammar obsessed. Which, I, of course, thought was absolutely brilliant. I’m not that intensive with my grammar, but like everyone I know that loves the written word, I’m a little picky about the use of certain terms, words and phrases. It’s nice to have an off-kilter character who feels exactly the same way.
Is it paranoia if there is truly someone out to get you? I’m not entirely sure, although I do know that the woman in this story is paranoid in a whole new way… and that’s not meant as something positive. I wanted to reach through the pages of the book multiple times and just smack some sense into the woman. Who in the hell is so afraid of literally anything? Alright, I know that there are some people like that… but it doesn’t make reading a novel in which one is featured any easier.
Now I need to probably take a bit of a pause from this series – I have so many other books on my reading list that are kind of ahead of the cue… but, I’ll make sure I read them even faster! Just so that I get to find out what horrible thing happens next…
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