The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong

I picked up this book in hopes of reading the books that I couldn’t read in my childhood, and I am happy that I didn’t read this as a child. Mostly because I don’t think I would have understood the book or the dark humor the way I do now. It still, at the very core, is a children’s book.

The series of unfortunate events is a book about three siblings who lose their parents in an ‘unfortunate’ turn of events. Since they are all minors, they are then under the guardianship of their only relative Count Olaf. What transpires after this is the siblings trying to save themselves from all the ‘unfortunate’ things that happen to them. Occasionally the author breaks the narrative to talk to the reader directly and warn them of the incoming bad events. This method of the narration gave me Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke vibes where this pattern was evident.

It’s a gripping story of three siblings, who time and time again displayed bravery. All of that wrapped within dark yet sophisticated humor. I believe this book is meant for both children and adults. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Let’s see what more bad can happen to the Baudelaire sibling

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