- 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)
The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 6) Hardcover – 9 Jun 2003
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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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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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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.
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.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Ersatz Elevator is a return to form in the dripping series of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This books firmly puts the orphans back into the forefront - we get to see them... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dan Thompson, Author
i loved every bit of it and i so badly want to read the next one it is the best book series everPublished 9 months ago by geri caulfield
Violet, Klaus and Sunny are exhausted after walking up a very high staircase to get to their new home. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Simizat, junior literary critic
It has become very clear over the first six books that Lemony Snicket has a pattern. In essence, this book is exactly the same as all the rest. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kim Dyer