Todays review is about a book I had wanted to read for a very long time. I remember seeing the movie adaptation in cinemas back 2004 but it wasn’t until now that I finally got hold of The Bad Beginning, the first installment in Lemony Snicket’s 13 volumes long series of Unfortunate Events.
The Beaudelaire children (Sunny, Klaus and Violet) are leading a wonderful life. But a huge cloud appears above their heads when their beloved parents die in a fire that also destroyed their home.
Soon they meet Count Olaf, their new custodian. Their happiness about having a new home ends abruptly the moment the step through Olaf’s door.
And that’s only the beginning…
Well, when I started reading I actually found out some surprising things. First of all, I didn’t know that A series of Unfortunate Events spans over 13 books and the last of them was only published 2003. Oh, and Lemony Snicket is just an invention by writer Daniel Handler, who chose it as his pen-name.
So, when I laid hands on first novel I was in love from the first moment on. Let me just say how beautifully made the books are: not only is the cover perfect, there are stunning illustrations within it. Furthermore, the pages have rough edges giving an air of Lemony Snicket writing down this dangerous and dark story on the run.
Beside a very atmospheric over-all picture, they story itself is also really exciting. I can guarantee that from the first page on you will feel for the Beaudelaire children. It’s hell of a ride and after each turn a new threat seems to be lurking.
What I love about the novel is how cleverly it is written. Despite it being rather dark there is also a lot of humor and even an educational side to it!
The Bad Beginning is one of those books just won’t be able to put down. I’m really glade there are many more books in the series for me to devour!
Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!