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The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events 7: Book The Seventh) [Hardcover]

Lemony Snicket
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1 Dec 2002

There is nothing to be found in the pages of A Series of Unfortunate Events but misery and despair. You still have time to choose another international best-seller to read. But if you must know what unpleasantries befall the charming and clever Baudelaire children read on . . .

Within the chapters of The Vile Village Violet, Klaus and Sunny face such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe cell, and some very strange hats.

With 5 million copies sold in the UK alone, one might consider Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events to make him one of the most successful children’s authors of the past decade. We, however, consider these miserable so-called adventure stories and the Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey that accompanied the books for children as nothing more than a dreadful mistake.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; Reprint edition (1 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405200715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405200714
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,376 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 goes from strength to strength and the latest in "A Series of Unfortunate Events" sees our hero up to tricks bigger and better than ever. "The Vile Village" of the title is a place you don't want to be, with Snicket getting darker than ever. The Baudelaire orphans go to a village called V.F.D. as part of a Village Adoption Scheme, and they get into a series of scrapes. With all the usual Snicket devices in place, fans are bound not to be disappointed.

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You have undoubtedly picked up information about these tapes by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would listen to this particular story about the lives of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded on our audiobook.

We can think of no single reason why anyone would want to listen to an audiobook containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats.

It is our solemn and sacred occupation to research and publish each detail of the Baudelaire children’s lives and record them all, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as stocking another tape instead.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "It takes a village to raise a child" 22 May 2005
The cycle keeps repeating itself, the Baudelaires are again out of a guardian and we get to read another great story by Lemony Snicket. Mr. Poe, the executor of the kids' estate, is running out of options, and his choices in the past have all proven to be dreadful. In this case, the solution he finds is unconventional, when Violet, Klaus and Sunny take "advantage" of a new program by which entire towns take care of children.
The options are plenty, but when the orphans are looking at the list they find a village with a curious name that piques their interest. This name is no other than VFD, acronym that is connected to the Quagmire triplets and to Count Olaf's secret. If you have read the previous books you know by now that the two triplets (yes you read right!) are the only friends the Baudelaires have, and that the two unfortunate souls have been kidnapped by the evil count.
In terms of the story, Snicket follows the usual winning formula, with the Baudelaires searching for a new beginning, and finding some hope before the devilish count shows up and spoils everything. The author also continues to use his hilarious structure, presenting definitions of words in a creative way, letting Klaus and Violet translate what her little sister wants to say, and distributing a few surprises here and there.
The siblings stay in VFD is interesting to say the least, where they meet a group of ancient citizens with a large set of rules, a kind person who does not have the guts to stand up to injustice and a baffling mystery in the form of a set of poems. The series have been increasing in intensity and the characters are gaining more and more depth. Thus, fans of this series will not be disappointed with this novel.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
I have been reading this series since the first one was published, and rather than a weakening plotline as the series continues the plot has grown, and the books are getting better. The first 5 books pretty much followed the same route with Count Olaf in disguise chasing the Baudelaire orphans and trying to steal their fortune. After book 5 the books had a continuation theme with the books plot continuing into the next book. The Vile Village follows on from book 6 and it is more interesting and darker in tone.
It features the Baudelaire orphans going to a Village Adoption Scheme programme in a village which happens to be called V.F.D ( If you have read the previous books this word will be recognised instantly!) Once again the Baudelaire orphans are chased by Count Olaf, but instead of the usual ending this book features a slight twist at the end which I was very annoyed to find as the story continued after the book had finished. This left me wanting to read the next book (A Hostlie Hospital) instantly! The Series of Unfortunate Events has grown on me and in my opinion each story has got better and better and I can't wait for book 8 to be released. This book is a must read for children and adults, I am 17 and I have enjoyed reading all the series!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The plot thickens.... 3 Dec 2002
Snicket's investigation into the lives of the Baudelaires continues with this seventh book, and for fans of the series it won't disappoint. All of the now familiar plot devices are here, such as Mr Poe's ill-advised placement of the orphans with unsuitable people, Count Olaf appearing in yet another ludicrous disguise and more mysterious allusions to V.F.D. We all know these things are going to happen but somehow it still manages to be fun. In this episode of the sorry story an interesting turn of events hints at Lemony Snicket's personal involvement with the Baudelaires: I won't say any more but just read it! All in all an entertaining read, just what we've come to expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vile Village a Review by Jacob M. 27 Feb 2005
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I enjoy "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books. The stories are about the adventures of the three Baudelaire orphans who are constantly moving from guardian to guardian. In book #7 "The Vile Village" the children are now living with Hector and are trying to elude the evil Count Olaf. Olaf is trying to get the Baudelaire fortune. I enjoyed this book because it is full of action and adventure. The ending is great - it is a cliffhanger and I can't wait to start the next book to see what happens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great fun 28 July 2014
By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Vile Village is the seventh 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 sent by their banker, the ever-tussive Mr Poe, to the village of V.F.D under a government scheme based on the aphorism that it takes a whole village to raise a child. Having already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding school, being thrown down a lift shaft 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 lodged with Hector the Handyman and forced to do chores for the village. But their time with Hector is actually quite good, as Violet works on improving Hector’s self-sustaining hot air mobile home, while Klaus scours the library for loopholes in V.F.D. rules and Sunny bites fallen branches whilst waiting on clues of their friends, the Quagmire Triplets. But they soon fall foul of the many village rules : Detective Dupin throws them into jail and threatens them with burning at the stake. And just who is Jaques Snicket and what was the message about the Baudelaire parents he was prevented from giving them before his murder? Read more ›
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