A Series Of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography Hardcover – Apr 25 2002
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Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography is bizarre, abstruse ("a word which here means 'cryptic'"), and truly entertaining. Would you expect anything less from the mystery man behind A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Bad Beginning, The Ersatz Elevator, etc.)? Virtually every detail of the volume has Snicket's indelible mark, from the book jacket (reversible to help readers disguise this "extremely dangerous" and "objectionable" autobiography) to the copyright page text to the intentionally blurry and bewildering black-and-white photographs appearing throughout. An apparently false obituary for Lemony Snicket sets the stage for what turns into a series of mind-boggling bundles of coded information passed from hand to hand, gleaned from newspapers blowing through streets, pages from a journal addressed to "Dear Dairy," blueprints of ships, minutes from secret meetings, and a lot of edited and disputed commentary. The question is, do we finally discover the meaning of VFD? You know you're not going to get a straight answer. But any fan of Snicket will have a lot of fun trying. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
A certain maniacal glee went into the creation of this archly humorous volume. Beginning with the suggestion on the front flap of the dust jacket to disguise its dangerous contents (Make use of this book's reversible jacket immediately), readers will know they're in possession of something deliciously left of normal. The jacket reverses to display a hilarious parody of Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events covers, entitled The Pony Party! and featuring The Luckiest Kids in the World! by Loney M. Setnick. Meanwhile, the contents lead readers on a merry goose chase. The 13 (naturally) chapters burst with red herrings, non sequiturs, mysterious letters, diary entries and so on not to mention fading black-and-white photographs with captions such as Total strangers and W?H?O? The narrative makes for a most satisfying tease, larded with such Snicketisms as For various reasons, portions of this chapter have been changed or made up entirely, including this sentence. It would seem that Snicket's obituary from the highly unreliable Daily Punctilio (which is reproduced in the book) is premature, and that there will indeed be more installments about the Baudelaires, though nothing is certain in the end and readers are left nearly as in the dark about Snicket as they were at the start. Of course, this is all part of the fun, guaranteed to make the author's fans itch to get their hands on a copy of this devious romp masquerading as an autobiography. Ages 10-up.
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And this isn't exactly a story... or a biography. And, come to think of it, you would expect the biography of a fictional character to be different, wouldn't you?
The coolest part of the entire book are the totally WEIRD parts- the things that are TOTALLY unexpected. I mean, the quotes taken about the man in the ratty clothes...
And, kiddoes, seriously... if you can, get the hardcover edition. The binding is great, and, like I said, the dustjacket is amazing.
Publisher - HarperCollins, 2002
Short Summary - A page-turner of a detective story, the book attempts to solve multiple mysteries, not the least of which could be, "Who is the author of this book, and can the author be trusted?" The reader becomes the spy, who follows clues found in various narrative threads. The result is a scrapbook-like top-secret file of artifacts for examination. As a fusion of genre, perplexing evidence crouches in familiar formats recognizable as pieces of letters, sheet music, theatrical scripts, photo-journalism, newspapers, secret codes, treasure maps, booklists, obituaries and revised diary manuscripts. In the end, the reader is left with unanswered questions, such as: "Is there anything a concerned citizen can do if he or she wants to help the Beaudelaires?" Both the hope of resolution and the burden of proof pass to the reader, upon joining this peculiar spy ring brotherhood. Initiates inherit a set of crucial tools of discovery and the passwords, "The world is quiet here." Join at your own risk. 212 pages
Brief Evaluation - "What can be hidden in a book?" Here's a book intended to stretch every reader's ability to find out. Junior High School-aged readers will be challenged, as a willingness to venture beyond oneself produces a much deeper sense of satisfaction in this reading experience. The results of any call for "thumbs-up" or "thumbs-down" on this book remains thoroughly dependent on the reader's level of literature appreciation. Recommendations using VOYA evaluation codes: 5 for Quality/ 2 for popularity. A superior book for younger readers with an interest in knowing more about literature and literary pursuits.Read more ›
This book is one of the best mystery books I have ever read. The Genre is surprisingly mystery instead of an autobiography even though the author calls it an autobiography. Lemony Snicket by Lemony Snicket, shows that you sometimes have to look out of the box to find answers. Lemony Snicket, the main character, is part of the V.F.D., a secret organization that solves mysteries. He does ridiculous things like pretend to be a mad cow or interrogate ignorant animals. He is also a writer and a person whom everyone thinks is a fugitive. It takes place in a town called Paltryville and it does not state the time, but I assume it was about 10 years ago. Everyone in the town is weird. The animals are weird, which makes a perfect, thrilling mystery setting. There are several peculiar mysteries that all link together. First, Lemony is accused of homicide. Secondly, some weird abnormal reptiles escape. Everyone is conspiring and talking in secret code. You will never know anything more about the plot because you have to figure it out yourself from hidden clues! I would rate this book a 9 because you must look out of the box to find answers. I really like books where you interact and only you can help yourself solve the mystery. I would recommend this book to everyone because it is so good. I can't just keep it to myself.
This book is more or less about Lemony Snicket, who undoubtedly exposes the tale of the Baudelaires to the public. If you take a look inside the book, you will not find all the answers you may need to your questions; such as: who are the Quaqamire triplets? or who is Beatrice? They do have full pictures of Lemony Snicket included in the book. Although the majority doesn't show his face. Snicket fans sould be thankful that he has so graciously exposed what he calls his life to the public. It is his job to expose the events of the Baudelaires' lives to the public, not his.
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I am a huge fan of Series of Unfortunate Events and this book would make me to fell more in love into Lemony Snicket's Mystery!Published on Oct. 18 2013 by Suzie
I really liked the Unauthorized Autobiography because
the Unauthorized Autobiography makes the average person bored but the kind of person who looks over something will... Read more
It's not haha funny, and it's not sarcastically funny...You have to read it to understand. The whole book is a big puzzle that doesn't really tell you anything but demands that you... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Erica
For reasons I cannot explain, even to myself, I actually finished this book. Oh, I had to scan over some of it, but I read it only because I so admire the Baudelaire orphans saga. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by Roger Long
I should warn you before you read: this isn't meant to be read as a story. It is purely a puzzle, to give us things to speculate on when we read the Series of Unfortunate Events. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Newbia
This is a somewhat amusing if not at often time confusing side note to the series of unfortunate events. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
This, is truely a Unfortunte Events book, not only because of the author is the same but the style it is writen in. The notes to the editor, the funnness of it all... Read morePublished on March 31 2004
If readers want to find out who Lemony Snicket is and what is his connection with Baudelaire orphans, this is not the book for you! Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Rochelle Leonor
This was an exellent book! I have read thouroghly all of the Series of Unfortunate Events. Just do not read this until you have read at least 8 or 9 of the other books. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004