#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: A Bad Beginning, indeed.


If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.
- p. 1

For Friday 56:
Unless you have been very, very lucky, you have undoubtedly experienced events in your life that have made you cry.  So unless you have been very, very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances haven't changed a bit.
- p. 55 (p. 56 is blank!)

About The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1) *:
Dear Reader, 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. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket


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I'm on a reread and am at book 3 of the series now. But I couldn't believe I hadn't done a Friday post for the very first book!

I'm nostalgic about this series because the daughter grew up on it. She loved every single book in the series, picked up on quite a few of the literary references over time, and just enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek dark humour. Now, I sort of clap my hands in glee because I know she has such fond memories of the series.

Are you an ASOUE fan? If yes, what do you like about this series?

[And if not ... what the heck is the matter with you? ;) ]

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