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Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (urspr publ 2002; utgåvan 2002)

av Lemony Snicket (Författare)

Serier: A Series of Unfortunate Events (supplement)

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The elusive author provides a glimpse into his mysterious and sometimes confusing life, using fanciful letters, diary entries, and other miscellaneous documents as well as photographs and illustrations.
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Titel:Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
Författare:Lemony Snicket (Författare)
Info:HarperCollins (2002), Edition: English Language, 212 pages
Samlingar:LT Widget, Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:the beaudelaires, lemony snicket, daniel handler, vfd, a series of unfortunate events, autobiography

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Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography av Lemony Snicket (2002)

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While the title of the book purports to be an autobiography of Lemony Snicket, the fictional author of the Series of Unfortunate Events who ends up being a character in his own right in the story, the book is anything but a biography. In true Snicket style, the chapters are filled with misdirection and cryptic messages. The original chapter headings, which seem more traditionally biography-like, are crossed out, and are replaced with hand-written questions which seem to be penned by Lemony Snicket. Instead of learning about where Snicket was born, his early childhood, why he writes about the Baudelaires, and so on, the reader is asked to ponder questions like where was this photograph taken, why an actress was pulled after only one performance, and why a certain ship left dock three hours early. Instead of a linearly presented narrative of a life, readers are presented with excerpts of books and newspapers, sections of meeting notes, photographs, advertisements, and other supposedly original documents that have been collected together. Essentially, we're supposed to be reading s file of collected artifacts that have hidden meaning, which we assume we would understand if we were part of the mysterious VFD organization, but as we're not, we only get glimpses of the truth.

Okay, this is all hilarious. The tone perfectly maintains the mystery that is built up over the course of the thirteen-book series about the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children. Given how secretive Snicket is as the "author" of that series, it's unsurprising the his biography would stubbornly be absent of any actual information about him. Adding to these layers of confusion is the knowledge that Snicket is a fictional character, made up by Daniel Handler, the real author of these books, who camouflages himself as a representative for Snicket, and therefore himself becomes a character in these stories. Conspiracy theories exist as a collage of half truths and events that are built out with bizarre secret meanings, and this book is a masterful written portrayal of a fictional conspiracy theory (referring back to the days when conspiracy theories were strange and fun adventures that most people only took semi-seriously, before people started taking them in dark directions full of hate and violence, as they've become now). By reading between the lines and connecting this book to the series that inspired it, astute readers can piece together some new information about the lore of this fictional world. It appears that the VFD recruited children at young ages, and got their parents' permission but nonetheless took them in a way that resembled a child abduction. It appears that Olaf's parents were accidentally murdered, providing a motive for his insane, murderous ways in the Unfortunate Events series. It appears that the ridiculous costumes Olaf wears are actually a result of the costume training and standard costume kit that VFD members received. If readers are hoping for more concrete answers to the mysteries introduced in A Series of Unfortunate Events, they will be disappointed. Instead, this book offers some half answers and a lot more questions. If, on the other hand, readers are hoping to enjoy more of the secrecy-laden Snicket world, and Handler's narrative style full of anagrams, wordplay, dark humor, and irony, then this book will be an enjoyable extension of the fun. I fall in the latter camp. This novel was quirky and amusing. It's a bit gimmicky, but I like the gimmicks. This is definitely a good read for people who are fans of the unique style of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but likely would confuse anyone else. ( )
  nmhale | Jan 30, 2021 |
Pages loose. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
This doesn’t help me at all. ( )
1 rösta Shahnareads | Oct 22, 2019 |
I must admit that this book was not at all what I'd hoped it would be. I went into it with the expectation that it would be written in the more traditional style of an autobiography and would tell us the story about the older generation of VFD members and the events leading up to A Series of Unfortunate Events. However, I was probably silly to assume Lemony Snicket, of all people, would be so straightforward about anything. Instead, it was a collection of letters, articles, pictures, and coded messages that give little insights into various aspects of Lemony Snicket's life and other issues tangential to the main series. It did provide us with some interesting information, such as how children are inducted into VFD and why Mr. Poe never acknowledged the Baudelaire's telegram, and I liked seeing the story get fleshed out a little more in that way. At the same time, however, it still fails to answer the bigger and more significant questions I had (first and foremost being the significance of the sugar bowl). Anyhow, I thought this was a fun read and worth it to anyone who simply enjoyed A Series of Unfortunate Events and wants a little more, but definitely don't go into it expecting it to reveal everything you've ever wanted to know. ( )
  NovelInsights | Sep 21, 2019 |
I have seen a few episodes of the show, but this is my first experience with Snicket's writing. It was fun...kind of like if Willy Wonka wrote a Hardy Boys book. ( )
  Bricker | Feb 7, 2019 |
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The Unauthorized Autobiography is a most curious work. The strangeness begins at first encounter, with the binding: the hardback cover encloses the volume on its four high sides, vertically divided down the centre of the front cover for opening. The back cover reproduces Lemony Snicket’s obituary as printed in The Daily Punctilio, a yellow ‘post-it’ superimposed at the foot, with the handwritten message:
‘This obituary is filled with errors – most importantly – I AM NOT DEAD! – LS’.
The text runs to xxii + 212 pages, with a six-page index.
tillagd av KayCliff | ändraThe Indexer, Hazel K. Bell (Aug 7, 2009)
 

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Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the purportedly true chronicles of the Baudelaire children, was reported dead today by anonymous and possibly unreliable sources.
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No part of this book may be used, reproduced, destroyed, tampered with, or eaten without written permission except in the case of brief, possibly coded quotations embodied in critical articles, reviews and subpoenas. Allegedly printed in the United States of America. For information address Harper Collins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, although the people at this publishing house have no idea where the documents enclosed in this book came from. If you recognize yourself in any of the photographs of illustrations in this book you may find yourself in Very Frightening Danger and/or slightly embarrassed but there is nothing you can do about it. Please note that the author has been called a fraud, a criminal, a bestseller, a corpse, a fictional character, an unreliable narrator, an objective flaneur, an embattled gentleman, a magnetic field, an arsonist, and late for dinner by an odd number of dubious authorities. Send help at once. All rights reserved. Wouldn't you rather read about ponies?
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"Snicket makes complicated arrangements for the delivery of the manuscript of the next book to his publisher, on the Lemony Snicket website and in Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography. To further amuse readers, the U.S. hardcover edition of this book has a reversible dust jacket that can be "disguised" as The Luckiest Kids in the World Book 1: The Pony Party! by "Loney M. Setnick," which is an anagram of "Lemony Snicket".
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