A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is a series of children’s novels which presents the lives of three brothers, Klaus, Violet and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a house fire. The siblings are placed in the custody of a distant relative who is after their inheritance, and who tries everything he can to make the children’s life even harder than it is after their loss.

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The first novel, The Bad Beginning was released in 1999 and it gained lots of success and critical acclaim. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket became even more popular when it was adapted in films and video games, and it was sold in millions of copies all over the world. The story which was translated into 41 languages reveals the adventures of three orphans who have to face many challenges life has prepared for them.

After their parents death the children are sent to live with their cousin, Count Olaf, which is a vain man who only cares about himself. While they discover the bad intentions their cousin has regarding the huge Baudelaire fortune, the children are forced to clean and cook for the unprincipled man. Olaf turns to an old trick in order to steal their money by attempting to marry Violet, the eldest girl, but his plan fails as she signs the papers using her left hand.

The siblings escape from their cousin house and they constantly try to get protection from Mr. Poe who was responsible with orphans affairs, but he doesn’t always manages to help them. Count Olaf has many accomplices who help him disguise in different characters in order to find the children, and he turns to extreme measures in order to get their money. Murder is just one of the atrocities he plans along the way, but he seems to get away with it as he frames the children for his own crime. That is how the main characters end up running from the police and using different strategies to escape some dangerous situations.

As the stories continues, the three brothers discover more details about their parents death, and they make new friends who have to face the same faith as theirs. In the end the Baudelaires find a place they can call home, but they never solve the mystery regarding their parents decease. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is a novel which gives the readers the opportunity to interpret the book as they want, and that is why it is considered an original story by many of its fans.

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