Lemony Snicket - A Series of unfortunate events - 1

First lines:

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charmingand recourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happende to them was rife with misfortune, misery, and despair. I'm sorry to tell you this, but that is how the story goes.



Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?

It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, "Proceed, but cautiously."


The parents of the Baudelaire children were killed in a fire while the three kids were spending their times at the beach. They couldn't get back to the house and were sent to their uncle Count Olaf of whom they never had heard before. He is a distant cousin of the Beaudelaire family and he is working as an actor. The children aren't silly, and so they know very soon, that their new uncle is very evil, rude, selfish and just scary, because he has just one aim: Steal the fortune of the Baudelaire. But there is one problem... the three kids have no access to the money until Violet, the oldest one, turns eighteen. The plan of Count Olaf to take their money seems fool proof, and he will certainly dispose of the children once he gets what he wants. But Violet, Klaus und Sunny are strong intelligent characters and will definately win out over him, won't they?

"There are many, many types of books in the world,
which makes good sense, because there are many, many types 
of people, and everybody wants to read something different.
For instance, people who hate stories in which terrible things happen
to small children should put this book down immediately.
But one type of book that pracitcally no one likes to read 
is a book about the law. 
Books about the law are notorious for being very long, 
very dull, and very difficult to read. 
This is one reason many lawyers make heaps of money.
The money is incentive - the word "incentive" here means 
"an offered reward to persuade you to do something you don't want to do" - 
to read long, dull, and difficult books."


The book was great - I just saw the back of the book in a bookstore...there it is called: "Please read something else". And from this moment on I was captured by the perfect magical writing. I promise that this book is really full of unhappiness, misery and the great dark humor from the beginning on. It is also very easy to read in english. The complete series consists of thirteen of Mr. Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. And the readers will of course want to continue with the second , the third one, and so one. These books are definately worth reading ... It's for every one who enjoys quirky stories about intelligent children. 

1 Kommentar:

  1. Huhu,
    ich liebe diese Reihe! Wir haben uns die ersten acht Bände auf Deutsch schon gekauft (Taschenbuchausgabe ctb, mehr sind noch nicht erschienen) und sollten langsam mal weiter lesen. Irgendwie sind wir beim dritten Buch stehen geblieben oO
    Kennst du auch den Film? 'Rätselhafte Ereignisse' fasst die ersten drei Bände richtig gut zusammen, nur ist da die Reihenfolge bisschen anders ;)

    LG Maria