Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The End of Lemony Snicket

N is on the 13th and last book of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket being Daniel Handler in real life). It tells the story of the Baudelaire orphans and their trials & tribulations at the hands of Count Olaf, a distant relative who's after their inheritance. It's a strange series: a cross-between gothic and sci-fi, tragicomedy and absurdism, Michaels Morpurgo and Moorcock. 
Aged 9, my reading matter was probably limited to Richard Scarry, Tintin and Arthur Ransome. The sophistication of Lemony Snicket, its themes of children alone in a timeless, sometimes fantastic adult world, mixing despondency with dark humour, reminds me, strangely enough, of Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius series - and I didn't read those until a teenager. We're back to the debate about dark subject matters in children's books: good or bad. My two love Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson and I don't think they're fostering psychological disorders for later in life...
So, we're on the last book, appropriately called The End. But will it be the end?

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