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The Unauthorized Autobiography (Snicket, Lemony) [Hardcover]

Lemony Snicket
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1 Aug 2002 Snicket, Lemony
Finally, the definitive - and only - book for anyone interested in learning more about the alarmingly elusive author. Here is a collection of evidence - writings, annotated photographs, mysterious diagrams, and several disorientating maps, accompanied by captions, an introduction, and an extensive index. Together, these pieces will shed light on a life that until now has been unfortunately shrouded in darkness, and will finally answer the questions on everyone's mind: what do we really know about Lemony Snicket? And why is he so interested in the lives of the Baudelaire orphans?

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; 1st edition (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405200634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405200639
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.

Mr Snicket first received his education from public schools and private tutors, and then vice versa. Early in life, he learned to reupholster furniture, a skill that turned out to be far more important than anyone imagined. He has been hailed as a brilliant scholar, discredited as a brilliant fraud and mistaken for a much taller man on several occasions.
A studied expert in rhetorical analysis, Mr Snicket has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. During his spare time, he gathers evidence and is considered something of an expert by leading authorities. Recently, he had to give up his hobbies due to laws regarding musical performances in mountainous terrain.

Lemony Snicket published his first book in 1999 and has not had a good night's sleep since. Mr Snicket is the author of quite a few books, all dreadful, and has been falsely accused of many crimes, all falsely. Once the recipient of several distinguished rewards, he is now an escapee of several indistinguishable prisons. He is widely regarded as one of the most difficult children's authors to capture and imprison. There are thirteen books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events, which should be avoided at all costs.

To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. Lemony Snicket's extended family, if they were alive, would describe him as a distinguished scholar, an amateur connoisseur, and an outright gentleman. Unfortunately this description has been challenged of late, but Egmont Press continues to support his research and writing on the lives of the Baudelaire orphans. As he continues with his investigation, interest in the Baudelaire case has increased. So has his horror.

Until recently, he was presumed to be 'presumed dead'. Instead, this 'presumed' presumption wasn't disproved not to be incorrect. Most things written about him are not true, but this is. More miserable news about Mr Snicket and his dreadful books can be found at www.unfortunateevents.com.

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Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography is bizarre, abstruse ("a word which here means 'cryptic'"), and truly entertaining. Would you expect anything less from the mystery man behind A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Bad Beginning, The Ersatz Elevator and so on.)? Virtually every detail of the volume has Snicket's indelible mark, from the book jacket to the copyright page text to the intentionally blurry and bewildering black-and-white photographs appearing throughout. An apparently false obituary for Lemony Snicket sets the stage for what turns into a series of mind-boggling bundles of coded information passed from hand to hand, gleaned from newspapers blowing through streets, pages from a journal addressed to "Dear Dairy", blueprints of ships, minutes from secret meetings, and a lot of edited and disputed commentary. The question is, do we finally discover the meaning of VFD? You know you're not going to get a straight answer. But any fan of Snicket will have a lot of fun trying. (ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter, Amazon.com

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the hard-core bunch 3 Jan 2005
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
This is for everyone who has read the Series of Unfortunate Events with a notebook and pencil deep into the night, juggling anagrams, noting references and deciphering the many embedded clues for would-be members of VFD. If you've read Dante in the hope of discovering more about Beatrice's identity, if you've deciphered all those anagrams in the Hostile Hospital, if you have a convincing theory about the sugar bowl secret: this is the book for you.
Lemony Snicket has created a cult following, and for those of you (those of us) who aren't content to see the books as a tale of high-jinks by the beleaguered Baudelaires, this is essential reading to help you get further into the next level. Filled with enigmatic clues and red herrings and stamped with Snicket's characteristic wry sense of humour, this takes the shape of a scrapbook of photographs, family trees, letters, transcripts of conversation, book lists, a song or two, newspaper cuttings, the secret documentation of a Very Secret Organisation and other intriguing snippets. Just don't expect clear answers, whatever you do: you're far more likely to come across new questions. Hone your observational and note-making skills and buy this book for an enjoyable and absorbing read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-Authorised Autobiography 18 Nov 2004
The title is itself enigmatic _a word which here means: the title is either a witty joke, a straight forward fact that is easy to understand, a disguised straight forward fact that is not that easy to understand or is in code.
If you have read the unfortunate series by this author, which I strongly recommend, you'll find that the Un-authorised Autobiography is more of a book about the books than it is a book about the author. Maybe, if you happen to be an unfortunate fan, you will find in this book an amalgam of clues to successfully solve the enigmas of the unhappy series. I myself, have been unable to solve the sugar bowls mystery code, but I am feverishly working on it. There are some handy clues concerning the code in this book. As the series are not yet published in full _at the moment, 11 out of 13 books have been published_ I sincerely hope the whole thing sums up to something meaningful, thus to a happy ending... although this is unlikely.
The content of this book is amazingly uneasy to read. Which in this case is a good thing. From the unusual front cover down to the documents that illustrate the orphans' sad story and Snickets participation in it, the autobiography is just as obscure and puzzling as the rest of the series. Every chapter has been carefully re-titled by the author and is documented with pictures and scans of the actual files connected to the Baudelaire orphans and the sneaky organization: V.F.D.
Do not delude yourself by thinking you'll get a clear picture of the author, or his life, or about the outcome of his books. Snicket made sure the enigmatic aura of his works remains even on this book. I am afraid you'll have to cleverly make your way through the hints and clues just as Klaus usually does. Still, if you lose patience you could also invent something with them or gnaw the pages away.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If your looking for.... 21 Dec 2004
If your looking for answers to unanswered questions then this is not the book for you. However, the autobiography is truly amazing and it is very well written. If you are a fan of Lemony Snicket then this is a MUST READ. You will not be dissapointed if you get the book, but do not except anything lower than the best from Lemony Snicket.He tends to trail off the point but that is what makes his wrting so good.He is a mystery writer and keeps his readers in suspense.The Autobiography is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Addictive. 2 Oct 2008
The hardcover edition of this book is my personal favourite, as it opens in a cupboard-like fashion which is great as it really protects the pages. Being an avid fan of the series, I took my time in devouring this book, with all its little nuggets of information and sneaky clues to help unravel the mystery of V.F.D. I also adore the collage-come-scrapbook style the book takes. A very interesting read, it is the kind of volume you can come back to again and again, especially if you re-read the series often.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lemony/Daniel 9 Aug 2002
By Caillie
This book was everything I was expecting, right down to its crazy 'door' front cover. It was good, with lots of special bits for the reader (background, hints of Lemony's relationship with the Bauderlaires, and other characters), but I wish I had read the other books more recently, 'coz it tested my memory. But made me intrigued and hungry to read more...
However, it was not as good as the stories themselves, and the old-fashioned hand-writing was hard to read in parts. A treat to whet the fans appetite, but it'll just be nonsense to casual readers.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read after the Ersatz Elevator 12 Aug 2002
This is brilliant. Any Lemony Snicket devotee will be lost without it. It has to be read after the Ersatz Elevator, as things like VFD and the identity of Beatrice and Esme, as well as the mystery of the fire at the Baudelaire Mansion, will not make much sense if you read 'Lemony Snicket' before then. After book the sixth I began to tire of the endless round of stupid aduts and dire housing situations, but 'Lemony Snicket' has renewed my love of Violet, Klaus and Sunny. Brilliant.
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