As part of my adventure through Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I recently completed The Vile Village. The mystery behind the orphans and acronyms grow with each book
My favorite quote from this installment was when the author wrote, “It is true, of course, that there is no way of knowing for sure whether or not you can trust someone, for the simple reason that circumstances change all of the time. You might know someone for several years, for instance, and trust him completely as your friend, but circumstances could change and he could become very hungry, and before you knew it you could be boiling in a soup pot, because there is no way of knowing for sure.”
Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.
It must have done in the early 2000’s, during the Harry Potter craze, that I read the first three books of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortuate Events (I think my motivation was the release of Jim Carrey’s movie based on those novels). I then either lost interest or lacked the time, but for whatever reason, I never returned to the books (even after my two oldest children read through the entire series just a few a years ago.
However, with the release of the Netflix original series – which the first season is based on the first four books – I decided to pick up where I left off. The Miserable Mill is an easy and enjoyable read. The author switches up the narrative a bit when he waits nearly halfway through the book to reintroduce the reader to Count Olaf. He also concludes this story with a glimmer (no matter how small) of hope. A few of my favorite quotes can be found on my Twitter feed. Read the book, watch the series, and let me know what you think.