Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Review: The End by Lemony Snicket

Title: The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)
Author: Lemony Snicket Website | Goodreads
Published: 2010 (First published on January 2006)
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
Source: Bought from Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2012
Buy: Malaysian online bookstores: MPH | Times Bookstore | Kinokuniya
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Zee front cover. 

A very elaborate sentence on onion peeling and the emotion you get while doing it.

Like I said in the reviews of his other books in this series: The Miserable Mill (book #4) and The Penultimate Peril (book #12), Lemony Snicket likes to rhyme and play with words, to the point of something figuratively is taken as literally. He also likes to define difficult words in a funny way. I liked it and I found it hilarious most of the time.

This book addressed various themes like book #12, the  previous book. In this book, the Baudelaires children somehow picked up a wee bit of wickedness after so many of it was thrown in their way. Count Olaf, being one of the many contributors. The children wouldn't do anything ignoble before their parents death, but they're not sure about that now.

Count Olaf: We're in the same boat, Baudelaires. Ha.
('Ha' is Olaf's way of expressing laughter, apparently it's short for 'Haha')

The story picked up right where The Penultimate Peril left off. The kids were sailing on the ocean in the same boat with Count Olaf. The children were escaping the burning of Hotel Denouement with Count Olaf, and they couldn't help devising various ways to ditch the man who is the very epitome of wickedness. They'd worry about what would happen to their morality afterwards; like would the plan turn them as despicable and villainy as the villainous Olaf himself?

While worrying about their moral, they were shipwrecked and found themselves in the middle of nowhere (along with Olaf, of course). There, they met a colony of other castaways who have lived in their 'rigid' customs for so long, an island facilitators who didn't like to force people but everything he said seemed forced anyway and secrets pertaining to their late parents.

Deep. And it made you think for a while after you put it down.

4/5 stars.

May peace be upon you ;)