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The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 6) Hardcover – 9 Jun 2003

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  • Hardcover: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; New edition edition (9 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405208724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405208727
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 13.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Is there a gleam of hope for the orphans and their new friends? Most certainly not. The only thing we can really count on are more gloriously gloomy adventures.” Karin Snelson, Amazon.com

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Dear Customer,
Like the previous CDs in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in this narration but misery, despair and discomfort. This time, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway and parsley soda.
I have sworn to record these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to listen to something else instead you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.
With all due respect, Lemony Snicket

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By Break VINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Just when you thought that Lemony Snicket was running out of steam he delivers the best yet in the Series of Unforunate Events. Truth be told, all the tales of various woe were starting to get a tiny bit repetitive, though they were largely redeemed by Snicket's entertaining style of stroytelling. But the Ersatz Elevator gives new hope that he'll be able to spin this out for the full thirteen.
The basics: this is the 6th book in the story of the Baudelaire orphans: Violet, Klaus and Sunny. The death of their parents in a mysterious fire has thrown them into the path of the nefarious Count Olaf, who is determined to get his hands on their enormous fortune. So far so good, but what distinguishes the Ersatz Elevator is the emergence of what may appear to be a subplot but is actually the intrigue that underlines all of the novels: the secret of VFD. This adds another dimension of interest to the book, which is also richly populated with a new set of characters and the kind of bizarre humour in which Snicket revels.
All the old devices are there: the definitions of vocabulary, the literary references, the hidden jokes and secrets: all of which will keep adults as well as children entertained. The plot is pacy and uncomplicated, and while the story seems the stuff of fairy-tales, Lemony Snicket's dry, dead-pan irony and skewed perspective is deliciously dark. The most enjoyable yet in a highly enjoyable selection.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was very entertaining and also well written. A truely great book for kids alike. It don't have any major complaints about this book except for stalling the good bits in the book. It was like Lemony was biding time to save something or other. I also was displeased at the end of the book when Jerome Squalor, the Baudelaires new guardian decides to abandon them on a account of the the displeasure of argumentive conversations. He leaves them without clothes or any other form of neccisity which I find very discomforting. But all in all this book will provide you with much excitement and wonder.
PS : Violet, Klaus and Sunny will never be free of upseting lifestyles but maybe in the future thirteenth book things could brighten up their lives.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2014
Format: Paperback
The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth 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 by their banker, the constantly coughing Mr Poe, at 667 Dark Avenue, into the hands of their new guardians, Jerome and Esme Squalor. Esme is a rather forceful woman who is a dedicated follower of fashion, while Jerome never likes to argue, with anyone. Having already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding school, 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 researches 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. Snicket’s word and phrase definitions are often hilarious. This instalment sees the Baudelaires climbing a lot of stairs (and occasionally sliding down bannisters), forced to wear ill-fitting pinstripe suits, drinking aqua martinis and parsley sodas, eating at Café Salmonella, climbing up and down a lift shaft, being thrown down a lift shaft, and improvising ropes and welding equipment, all the while worrying about their kidnapped friends, the Quagmire triplets. Count Olaf once again manages to fool the adults with a simple disguise involving a monocle, high boots and improper English. Sunny uses her teeth to save the day and surprises everyone by bidding at an auction.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
When I started reading the book, it started out as all of the storys in the past had: Mr. Poe taking the childeren to their new home and the poor kids ending up misererable.But as I read, the story took a strange new twist that was so fun and myserious, I had my eyes glued to the pages for two hours straight. I couldn't get enough of it and soon after I picked up the book, I couldn't put it down. The strange adventures of the three Baudilaire childeren had transported me to another world where I was one of the Baudilaires and I had to go thruogh the exact same things they went through. This book, (provided you read all the other books in the series before number six) is a definate must read. I would definatley reccomend this book most to childeren nine through twelve who enjoy mystery and fantasy.
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This book you want to buy, has so many twists i cannot count. When the Baudilare orphans go from their school to a hotel on a dark, dark street, they know this couldn't be a perfect home. After climbing the stairs which seemed to take forever, they meet the cheerfull Jerome, oh, and Esme.

Esme is obsessed about whats "In," which would be parsley soda, pinstriped suits, orphans and the dark. Despite their new foster mother they love Jerome, and he loves them. He wants to buy the children everything they desire, tools, books and biting materials. But then something happens, and when they turn to Esme, somthing else happens. Huge twists. And the Baudilares end up in catacombs, trying to find a way out, and see a blast from the past............

Can they save their friends? Can they tell Jerome all about his wife? Will Count Olaf or "Gunther" get away?
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