The Bad Beginning Book Review
I finally did it, guys. I finally started reading A Series of Unfortunate Events, and as you know, it starts with The Bad Beginning, and I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. It’s everything you could ask for in a book series and more. I gave it five out of five stars.
For those of you that do not know the tales Baudelaire children, here’s the synopsis for the first book:
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
This series point of view is in the third person, which works perfectly for this book, because you have to jump back and forth from the minds of different characters so often, that it could be told from just one perspective. He doesn’t have each character have their own perspective chapters like most authors do, he just jumps into the mind of the character that he needs at the moment, or he can explain to you why they did something, or why that event was so traumatising, like how living with Count Olaf was for them, and how Klaus still suffered from nightmares as an adult, from the awful, he was forced to do. But, he also needed it to explain why each of the adults, were dumber than the children.
I also love the way that he defines important words that help you understand the story, better, that way there is no confusion is as to what is actually going on in the story, and we interrupt it, the way that he intended it to be, when he wrote it. The only person that didn’t need those definitions were Klaus, because he knew exactly what they meant, because he read a lot, and he showed how reading, can help you defeat villains, because Klaus discovered what Count Olaf was up to, by reading one of Justice Strauces’ law books.
But, I honestly just loved how Violet and Klaus complimented each other so well, as siblings. Violet was the inventor, Klaus did the research, and Violet did the actual execution of the plan. Once, they realized that Count Olaf was trying to marry Violet in order to get the fortune, that her parents left behind her.
The way that the marriage did not in fact become legal, is because Violet didn’t sign it, with her own hand, she signed it with her left hand, so it was not legally, otherwise, Count Olaf would have been able to run away with the fortune, and I wouldn’t have 13 more books to read!
All in All, I rated it 5 out of 5 stars, because you will fly through this book, once you finish it, because you will get lost in a sea of feels.