The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Rated E for the end of events that have been most unfortunate and elegiac, a word which means haunting and mournful, much like the lives of three orphans who’ve gone through said events.
The last volume in which the history of the Baudelaire orphans is brought to its end.
The Baudelaires have come to the final stretch in their journey. Having fled the Denouement Hotel after setting it ablaze to signal danger, the children are now stranded in a boat with the one villain at the heart of their troubles, Count Olaf. But then, when given a chance at getting not only a fresh start but getting away from the terrible threats of the world, they wonder if it’s too good to be true. The unexpected answers and questions they find hold resolution and mystery for their future.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is 1 of 3 books series I tackled for my 2020 New Year’s Resolution. This is book 13 of 13.
Questions that have been burning since the beginning were answered though some with questions fated to be unanswered. The mystery of this series began that way and ended the same. I expected nothing else. Of course, it felt good that the Baudelaires came to a much bigger understanding and acceptance of it. sometimes one will have questions that will never get an answer. Letting go feels impossible but it’s not.
There was a deeper understanding that was of deep importance. The world will always be treacherous but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there fill with hope that aren’t treacherous. More so, everybody does something treacherous whether out of evil spite for to help and protect those they care about. The way of the world is bumpy and coming to terms with that isn’t easy. Doing nothing at all can be just as bad which was the main theme here. Shipwrecked on an island where everything that washes up is taken away even if it poses little threat is just as bad as treachery. There’s no room for growth and life that way. Such an important subject that really got me thinking (too much) and I really enjoyed that about this book.
The Baudelaires shined so much like their parents in this book. Strong and forward and determined/ After everything they’ve been through it’s a wonderful thing to see them so grown and resilient. After everything they’ve gone through, they still had a bit more to learn and that was responsibility. It can be a heartbreaking lesson and that much was shown. I know they’re fictional but I’m so proud of them.
INK! The incredibly deadly viper made quite the cameo with its return in this final novel. I was a bit sad it didn’t stay with the children but even a snake has to do what a snake has to do. What was extra fantastic is that typically one expects a character cameo to be more human but Snicket went the extra mile here.
A hidden gem was found with Count Olaf. While he came off extra vicious, like a street cat cornered, he revealed quite a lot and posed some important thoughts to the Baudelaires. The relationship he once had with Kit came bubbling to the surface as well and of course I was swooned by it. Of course we don’t get the full story because this series is about the Baudelaires not them, but there’s enough for me to ship them together.
A really good ending but also a perfect beginning to something so much bigger. I do wish Lemony Snicket went on and dove deeper into the intricacy of schisms and VFD and such. To crack it wide open with another series and possibly discover more about the Great Unknown, though I think that’s just a metaphor for big questions that will never have answers, it would be quite an adventure. This series is still a major favorite for me. Many times it gave me some major feels. It breaks boundaries and expectations and challenges people to keep hope and determination in the darkest of times. More so, the lessons can be used in real life and utilized as a guide.
“It was as if the world was full of people with lives as unfortunate as that of the Baudelaire’s, all ending in the very same place.” (p. 70)
“The world is a wicked place.” (Count Olaf, p. 131)
“I could tell you stories, Baudelaires. I could tell you secrets about people and places that you’d never dream of. I could tell you about arguments and schisms that started before you were born. I could even tell you things about yourselves you could never imagine…” (Count Olaf, p. 159)
“Thinking about something is like picking up a stone when taking a walk, either while skipping rocks on the beach, for example, or looking for a way to shatter glass doors of a museum. When you think about something, it adds a bit of weight in your walk…” (p. 162)
“…Sooner or later everyone’s story has an unfortunate event or two—a schism or a death a fire or a mutiny, the loss of a home or the destruction of a tea set. The only solution, of course, is to stay far away from the world as a possible and lead a safe, simple life.” (Ishmael, p. 222)
“Better a schism than a death.” (Violet, p. 294)
More to come soon…
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