The Bad Beginning is full of unfortunate events, as the series says. Even if there is a glimpse of happiness, it is rob immediately and replace with sorrow. The events start when Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire lost their parents. They are now orphans. They can’t acquire they’re fortune until Violet is of the right age. They are adopted by Count Olaf. Later he is found out to be a wicked man, who wants nothing for the Baudelaires but their money.
So far in my Summer Reading List, this is I enjoyed the most. I didn’t hold back while reading. The reason why I am engrossed on the story was the author’s writing style. I know it’s aimed for children but I find it effective. There was also a work of authenticity. Like when a word was a bit confusing, he will explain it elaborately:
“Count Olaf gives us a lot of responsibility,” Violet said. What she wanted to say was, Count Olaf is an evil man, but she was well mannered.
He describes things in a funny and witty way. His participation as the narrator does not limit on the character’s thought but includes in his own opinion. I felt like I was really in conversation with Snicket:
At this point in the proceedings, if I were Violet, I would have given up..
The book may make the reader miserable. But it was not all depressing when I read it. The story doesn’t build too much on the characters’ emotion but rather on what was happening around. However, I’m not saying the characters are flat. They are both lovely and lively.
I can’t help but notice the flaws in the story. The diabolic plan was a bit childish and irrational and so was the attempt to stop it. Yes, this is not the type that I want to re-read. But I can’t discount the fact that I did enjoy it.
An adult may be annoyed to the full disclosure of explanation. A child may feel like an idiot to every word explained. But that’s what it makes this book friendly. It’s a light read with only 162 pages but the experience is resonant.