The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Published: September 30, 1999
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,
I remember enjoying this book as a kid and I still enjoyed it just as much reading it as an adult. Although I didn’t need the constant explanation of words (I skipped most of them) but I enjoyed knowing that Lemony Snicket made these books in a semi-educational way. I thought the story line was good as well as keeping a good pace for people to follow. I thouroughly enjoyed the nostalgia of reading this. And plan on going through the first four en tandem with the Netflix Series. I’ve continued through book 2 and am now on book three, and I have to say based on the books, Netflix has done a great job!