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THE MISERABLE MILL.
on 2 May 2016
Not having read any of the previous books in the series, I had however watched the film starring John Carrey and so, feeling up to speed with the plot, this worked okay as a standalone read.
Firstly, I intensely disliked the writing, finding the authors habit of using a word only to then go on to describe it proceeded with the words 'here meaning ...' horrendously patronising.
Then there were the silly nonsense utterances - 'cigam' (apparently meaning, or so we are informed, 'Look at this note') or how about 'peli' ('meaning something like "but that doesn't explain the eye-shaped building, or the cover of the book!"') - of the youngest Baudelaire , the baby, Sunny, which I found beyond irritating, the children, with whom I discussed the book, finding it just plain silly.
Desperately striving to find a redeeming feature. Yes, older than the intended audience but by no means adverse to the reading of 'children's books'. I can normally at least put myself in the place of a child and recognise what it is they'd like in a book but alas in this instance I'm even struggling with that.
Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper