The Last Volume Of The Fabulously Popular A Series Of Unfortunate Events Series, In Which The History Of The Baudelaire Orphans Is Brought To Its EndYou Are Presumably Looking At The Back Of This Book, Or The End Of The End The End Of The End Is The Best Place To Begin The End, Because If You Read The End From The Beginning Of The Beginning Of The End To The End Of The End Of The End, You Will Arrive At The End Of The End Of Your Rope This Book Is The Last In A Series Of Unfortunate Events, And Even If You Braved The Previous Twelve Volumes, You Probably Can T Stand Such Unpleasantries As A Fearsome Storm, A Suspicious Beverage, A Herd Of Wild Sheep, An Enormous Bird Cage, And A Truly Haunting Secret About The Baudelaire Parents It Has Been My Solemn Occupation To Complete The History Of The Baudelaire Orphans, And At Last I Am Finished You Likely Have Some Other Occupation, So If I Were You I Would Drop This Book At Once, So The End Does Not Finish You With All Due Respect, Lemony Snicket I understand that this book made a lot of people angry, by not explaining all the central mysteries, by not wrapping up, by introducing lots information that the book doesn t resolve But this is where we were heading to the point where we know that we can t know everything, to the point where the villain is no longer two dimensionally evil and our heroes accept that they have done terrible things.It s still Lemony Snicket, so it s still funny and clever and everything you liked about the first 12 books But this one is taking everything further Did kids enjoy this resolution I don t know I imagine a lot of them did I hope they did.All I know is that, rather than tying things up with a bow, Handler leaves things as messy as life is And that when I reached the end of The End, I almost cried Cheers. May I steal the lyrics from the eponymous Door s song This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end Of our elaborate plans, the end Of everything that stands, the end No safety or surprise, the end I ll never look into your eyesagain The important thing to recognise here is that in a continued move to the meta that Patrick Rothfuss might admire and even have studied this is a story about stories In order that we not forget this fact theme a theme that, incidentally, is probably far too old advanced for any reader of this series who didn t grow old reading it as it came out Lemony provides us with essentially no answers to any of the many questions posed in the series.That s right You won t for example view spoiler learn anything about the all important sugar bowl hide spoiler Like life and college, this book leaves you with questions than answers However, there is a satisfaction in knowing one cannot possibly know all the answers to all of the questions in the world, and neither can the Baudelaires This book is particularly suitable for adults who have experienced rotten childhoods and need the confirmation of gaining what he she missed hearing you might never know the answer I am very sad this series is over, but in my head, the Baudelaires are still alive and kickin , with the new addition I also leave this book with an unexpected, serious but not eerie, crush on both Brett Helquist and Daniel Handler Combined More thoughts At work today, it was one of my favorite student s last day for tutoring I was extremely sad to see him go for some reason He was one of the most difficult students I have ever had, and yet I was so sad to see him leave I was there throughout his fits and his triumphs, and I had thought many nights about how I could help him learn and help cultivate a love for learning within him I realized that through the journey, I was just wanting to get the day over with, especially when he was difficult But when the end came, and only a few questions hopes were answered, I realized I would miss him very much and I would never get to see the end result.Just like these books I zoomed through the books, hoping the next one would lead to answers, when really I see how I should ve simply enjoyed the ride Now that these books are over, and Snicket has made an ultimate point of truth, I see my error and failing in not enjoying each book s creativity and connectiveness I think the whole point of these books was that, in seemingly the most difficult circumstances, there are no answers to the ever encompassing question Why And I feel foolish, now when the books are over, that I did not spend time enjoying the journey rather than thinking of the end result, when I should ve known due to life experience that all of my questions would probably not be answered.And this is also why A Series of Unfortunate Events is a brilliant, deep, sorrowful, and satisfying group of stories My only advice for people who are about to read these books would be to enjoy the ride, and enjoy them as if there were no end in sight. Well Snicket himself told me that no book can truly contain the end of a story, although it may describe the end of a person I finished this book on October 13, 2007, exactly one year after it was released It was not as funny or exciting as the last few books in the series, but it might be allegorical than all the rest It had heaps of literary allusions, only a few of which I managed to catch Robinson Crusoe, Moby Dick, the Bible To sum it all up, the biggest problem with this book is that it leaves many things unresolved It s not that surprising, I guess, but it s still not fully satisfying.Even though I didn t laugh as much, I did say Oh times than in any of the previous volumes I don t know if there s an actual O Scale, but this would rate highly on it One part I need to share with you is what LS says about happiness that has really stuck with me ever since I read it He writes that happiness is probably an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche or a root beer float , in that the happiness you have, the less you enjoy it, where as suffering is the opposite the you have, the stronger it gets This is one of the most profound things I ve read recently It even explains things like divorce and taxes.I cannot say that The End is not a fitting end to the series it bookends a sense of mystery and mysfortune but it does not end our desire to know what happens in the lives of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. Oy, how annoying Twelve books TWELVE books posing question after question and mystery after mystery with twists and intrigue and all that for what Not answers, that s for damn sure.This book didn t tie anything together The sugar bowl The poison darts The Schism All dismissed in some silly existentialist philosophical conclusion about unanswered questions and the Great Unknown Not cool.It was a little bit thought provoking, I guess, but come on If I wanted thought provoking, I d have read a thought provoking book The first 12 books in this series were light, fun entertainment and I loved them To suddenly turn that all around into some awkward, half ass Philosophy 101 lesson is bad form.So I m a little pissed, as many people are It was like he couldn t think of a clever way to answer his own questions Lame and lame. The End is a very strange book because although it serves as the Baudelaire orphans s beautiful swan song, it also makes you reflect on the on the state of the world and where your life fits within it I don t mean in a existentialist way, such as Who am I , What am I doing here or Why is there a person disguised as a bush standing on my rug , but rather in a way that The End wasn t about answering all the questions and mysteries set in the previous unfortunate events to take place in the Baudelaires lives The End was about how three intelligent, resourceful, and reasonably attractive orphans survived all sorts of misadventures and had their fair share of misfortune bestowed upon them The End is about how although the world is ripe with villainy, grief, and parsley soda, it is also filled with love and companionship, and that regardless of how many unfortunate events life may throw your way, there will always be someone there to hold your hand and temporarily make you forget about all the darkness outside. letting their tears run down their faces and into the sea, which some have said is nothing but a library of all tears in history The End I have so many questions than I have answers, but I think it s actually not going to drive me crazy I love this series and it s vague, eerie, surreal tone There s so much beautiful character development throughout the series that I didn t pick up as a child and I m so, so glad I did this reread The struggle with their moral compass is so real and relevant for a children s book, and I plan to pass this book series down to all the quirky, precocious kids I know. This book INFURIATED me What a lazy author Taking us down the garden path through 12 books and then ending the series without really completing the story As a children s librarian, I no longer recommend this series to kids I hate to see them as disappointed as I was at this really stupid final book Shame on you, Mr Snicket You took the chicken s way out Next time, have an idea of where you expect the series to go before you start it Truly shameful. The End A Series of Unfortunate Events 13 , Lemony SnicketThe End is the thirteenth and final novel in the children s novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket The book was released on October 13, 2006 The book begins with the Baudelaire orphans and Count Olaf on a boat heading away from the Hotel Denouement which is on fire After a storm, the Baudelaires arrive and are welcomed on an island by a young girl named Friday Count Olaf, however, is not welcomed due to his snobby attitude and death threat to Friday Later, the pregnant Kit Snicket and a friendly snake known as the Incredibly deadly Viper which first appeared in The Reptile Room are shipwrecked on the island Count Olaf disguises himself as Kit, but for the first time in the series, Olaf s disguise fools nobody, and the Islanders, led by a man called Ishmael, capture him and shun the Baudelaires for their possessing forbidden items 2011 1387 263 9789649971858 1387 1388 1390 1393 1396 21 1395 288 13 9789645361707.
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