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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.
With all due respect,
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Book Review: Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket - Reviewed by CloggieA (27 Mar 2013)
The Miserable Mill is the fourth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). As we once again join the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, they are deposited at the Paltreyville train station by the manager of their estate, Mr Poe. They are to live (and apparently, work as well) at the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill, which is owned by their new guardian, whose name is so unpronounceable, he is referred to as Sir. Having already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, and the murder of their Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine at the hands of the evil Count Olaf and his nefarious assistants, the siblings are ever-vigilant of his reappearance. Luckily these well-mannered and uncomplaining children are also very resourceful: Violet invents, Klaus reads and Sunny bites. Snicket’s tone throughout is apologetic, sincere and matter-of-fact as he relates the unfortunate events in the children’s lives; his imaginative and even surreptitiously educational style will hold much appeal for younger readers. This instalment, our protagonists work in a lumber mill, are paid in discount coupons, given chewing gum for lunch, meet a somewhat irritating optimist and wind up counting themselves lucky to be alive. For a change, Violet reads, Klaus invents and Sunny acquits herself well in a sword fight. Hypnotism, a circular saw and gum all feature importantly. As always, the alliterative titles are delightful and Brett Helquist provides some wonderfully evocative illustrations. Are the Baudelaire Orphans destined for boarding school? I guess we will find out in The Austere Academy.
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