Review: The End by Lemony Snicket

“You can’t live far from the treachery of the world, because eventually the treachery will wash up on your shores.”

The End

Title: The End
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13
Author: Lemony Snicket
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 337
Read: May 2016

the book | the author | the series

Dear Reader,

You 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


My thoughts:

Do you remember Snicket’s warning at the beginning of The Bad Beginning? If not, here it is:

In this book, not only there is no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.

Apparently, that line does not apply to that one book only, but to the whole series. I’ve followed the story of the Baudelaire orphans guardian after guardian, misfortune after misfortune, book after book, and now I’ve come to the end of the story of the Baudelaire orphans.

Or to be exact, the end of their story as being told by Lemony Snicket because the story of the Baudelaires doesn’t end here. All stories are interconnected and every single story leads to another. This is why it is hard to tell how a story began, let alone how it will end.

One of the main ideas in this book probably is that the world is a cruel place full of cruel people. Of course you can cast yourself away from the world but that will not give you the complete life experience. And also futile because you can’t hide forever and the world will always get to you. And this is actually the reality because everyday, we have no choice but to get up and face the world no matter how tired we are of it. I do, at least, sometimes.

But it has also been pointed out in the previous books that what’s good and bad is subjective, depending on what a person wants best for himself. Therefore, no one is all good and all bad. It’s not a binary system and there is a whole gray area in between the two.

Okay, now I get all the negative reactions to this one. How Snicket had them read all the books only to refuse to answer all their questions and giving them the “If I answer your questions, it will just lead to more questions.” argument instead. Personally, I have some questions that are left unanswered, too but I think somehow I expected an ending like this. In my opinion, this is a fitting ending to the series, which is full of mysteries from the very beginning. And I’m giving this five stars because this is my favorite in the series. The next I think would be The Carnivorous Carnival.

Or maybe these unanswered questions are symbolized by that thing snake-like/question mark-like thing called The Great Unknown they first saw in The Grim Grotto and later mentioned in The End? Anyway, my questions include this:

What’s inside the sugar bowl and where is it?

Beatrice is the Baudelaire mother, right?

Did or did not Count Olaf burn down the Baudelaire mansion?

By the way, if it is a girl, we will name her Violet, and if it is a boy, we will name him Lemony.

So, given the tradition of the family to name babies after deceased people, is this Lemony a different person? Or is it the same person that is writing the accounts of the orphans’ lives? If so, why did the Baudelaires thought he was dead?

What happened to the people in the hotel? Who died and who survived?

Who is that person that is said to have survived the fire in the page 13 of Snicket files?

Is there anything that I can read, a supplementary book/reading or some of sort, to answer at least some of these questions? Or if you know the answers, we can discuss them in the comments. But really, I don’t know if the answers are already in the books and I missed them somehow, or these questions were not really answered at all. Hehe.

Thank you for reading!




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