Book Review: The Wide Window

July 17, 2011 Whitney Review 0 Comments

Book Review: The Wide WindowThe Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #3
Published by HarperCollins on February 25, 2000
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Library

Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even 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 this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling 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,

Lemony Snicket

After their uncle’s death the Baudelaires are moved to their Aunt Josephine’s who lives on the top of a cliff looking down on the sea.  She is scared of everything including the water below her home.  Soon after being intrusted to Josephine’s care she becomes infatuated with a pirate by the name of Captain Sham.  Personally, I don’t understand why anyone would be infatuated by a pirate that isn’t in the form of Johnny Depp but each to their own. In the end, this admiration became a fatal attraction minus Glen Close.

Aunt Josephine is also obsessed with proper grammar and sometimes the book felt like a fucked up English lesson, although grammatical errors played an important part of the story later.

I really enjoyed this one, the premise was so looney (looneyer  than the first two anyway).  I also appreciate the proper grammar segments, such as when to use who and whom.  Mr. Poe, the man who is in charge of  the desired inheritance until Violet comes of age is starting to irk me.  Are people really that blind?  I think he’s almost as bad as Olaf as he is partly responsible for putting the children into these nasty situations.  But then again if everything was hunky dory we would have a story would we?


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