Review: The Wide Window

“To have each other in the midst of their unfortunate lives felt like having a sailboat in the middle of a hurricane, and to the Baudelaire orphans this felt very fortunate indeed.”

Title: The Wide Window
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 3
Author: Lemony Snicket
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 214
Read: March 2016

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Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket


My thoughts:

The Baudelaires’ new guardian, Aunt Josephine had an irrational fear of almost everything – from turning on stoves to answering telephones. The irony here is she lives near a cliff. Her house is *this* close to tumbling down the cliff that if you just jump a little harder than you intended, you (along with the whole house) might fall right into Lake Lachrymose where the Lachrymose leeches are waiting for you. I like Uncle Monty more but Aunt Josephine is a good guardian, too. She has more fears than I have regrets in my life but I think if given more time, the children would have helped her overcome them. Like the time they convinced her that answering telephones doesn’t mean you’d get electrocuted all the time. Well, she didn’t get electrocuted but something worse happened to her and the children.

When Aunt Josephine answered the phone, the person on the other line is the very person we don’t want the children to ever cross paths with. You guessed it right – Count Olaf! Like the other time, he is in disguise. Now he is Captain Sham, a new sailboat rentals owner with one peg leg and a very bad grammar. His card reads like this: “Captain Sham’s Sailboats. Every boat has it’s own sail.” I forgot to mention that if Aunt Josephine hates something as much as she fears answering telephones or turning on stoves, it is bad grammar. She would correct even the slightest mistake in someone’s grammar but for some unknown reason she finds Captain Sham charming.

And you shouldn’t find yourself charmed by Count Olaf, ever! Aunt Josephine goes missing and it looks likes she threw herself out the Wide Window (the book title!!!) in her grammar library. Apparently, she left a note saying that she left the children in Sham’s custody. At this point, Mr. Poe has already arrived. Upon learning about Aunt Josephine’s note, he is very much willing to give the Baudelaires to Captain Sham. Really, Mr. Poe? But, but! BUT! There’s more to the note than just Aunt Josephine’s “last will” and it’s up to Klaus to stop Olaf’s evil plan. Nice work with the puzzle/riddle, Klaus! If I were these orphans’ parents I would fire Mr. Poe as the caretaker of their affairs. But oops, their parents are dead and this man they entrusted their children to is quite bad at his job.

Klaus of course succeeded in saving him and his siblings but unfortunately not their guardian. Poor Aunt Josephine suffered the same fate as Uncle Monty. 😦 And Count Olaf once again got away with one of his assistants.

I really feel bad for the Violet, Klaus and Sunny. Basically, they try to inform the adults around them of what is really going on and the they just go, “Hey, you’re just children. I got this,” “You children have really got wild imaginations. Go play outside or read some books or whatever,” or “I would have believed you even if you’re just children but you’re in a state of shock due to unfortunate events that happened to you because I didn’t to believe you the last time.” I really hope something good eventually happens to them. But the way these stories are going with Count Olaf always finding them and fooling everyone but the children with his ridiculous disguises every time, is just disappointing.

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