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The End: Book the Thirteenth of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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The End by Lemony Snicket

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The Bottom Line

"The end of The End is the best place to begin the The End, because if you read The End from the beginning of the beginning of The End to the end of the end of The End, you will arrive at the end of your rope."
- Lemony Snicket

"If you hadn’t wasted so much thought on how many times to say the end to summarize The End, maybe you could have given us a suitable end to the end of the Baudelaires’ tale. But instead we have The End and we are wishing you hadn’t reached the end of your creativity before The End."
- Michael Sullivan

Pros

  • One last time to say goodbye to Violet, Klaus, Sunny and even Count Olaf (perhaps)
  • The last few ingenious writing twists from a once splendid children’s storyteller
  • We finally find out who Beatrice is
Cons
  • An unfortunate conclusion that is unfortunate for all the wrong reasons
  • An author that seems beleaguered in making it to 13 books and then bloats the last
  • Too many mysteries left unsolved
  • The sad feeling that The End was never meant to be the end, but instead a sad marketing tool for further tales (we dread and hope)

Description

  • The Baudelaire Orphans and Count Olaf share one last plight together on a mysterious island.
  • The island "where everything eventually washes up on its shores" is inhabited by a colony with a unique link to the Baudelaires’, Olaf’s and Snicket’s past.
  • In the end of The End, we still really don’t know much more about the whereabouts of the Quagmires, why the sugar bowl was so important, if one of the Baudelaires’ parents is alive, etc.

The End by Lemony Snicket - Book Review

Up to Book the Eighth of A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Hostile Hospital), I was enthralled by the story of the Baudelaire orphans and Lemony Snicket’s (aka Daniel Handler’s) clever and eccentric way of telling their unfortunate tale. While the Baudelaires’ world was admittedly a dreary one (their parents die at the beginning of The Bad Beginning), Snicket captured so many imaginative locations and characters with wit and charm, especially the Baudelaires themselves and their nemesis, the brilliantly dim-witted and nefarious Count Olaf, that even with the traumatic events of their lives, Snicket made everything feel fresh.

But then The Bad Beginning turned into a stale middle and the last four books before the thirteenth seemed exceptionally dreary, not only story-wise, but also creative-wise. Sure the Baudelaires world was drab, but they always had enough spark between the three of them to ignite the reader into cheering them on regardless of Snicket’s continuous forewarning that their story would end poorly. Seems he was right all along.

But it’s not because of what Snicket tells us. It’s because of what he doesn’t. He built up so many mysteries throughout the previous twelve events, and instead of revealing any of them, he leaves us with the Baudelaires on an island, the discovery of another Series of Unfortunate Events and the birth of another unfortunate orphan whose tale we’re still waiting to be told.

Seems like Snicket, in the end, wanted us to be the ultimate unfortunate ones.

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what has Lemony done, Member fanofasoue

don't get me wrong, I loved the series. It was just to sad though the ending. I even think Olaf should have lived, and if not him it should have been Kit snicket. If I had to say something positive in this review it would be that not all the question were answered. I don't know about you but I think having a story that leaves you hanging is one of the best, but if you end the story with people dying then I think that is not cool. So I end my review saying this... Lemony Snicket, What have you done.

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