Monday, December 16, 2013

The Vile Village

2001, first edition, from HarperCollins
Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Brett Helquist
A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the Seventh: The Vile Village
Original price $11.99, purchase price $4.80
Hardcover in good condition

Snicket again teases the Baudelaires (and the readers) with a brief reunion with the Quagmires, but mostly this story is about the main unlucky siblings having to work for an entire village (in a deliberate misinterpretation of the Hillary-adopted "It takes a village to raise a child" slogan), and then being accused of the murder of Count Omar [sic], when Jacques Snicket is killed.  In this middle of what would eventually be a thirteen-book series (each of which has thirteen chapters), the hints are piling up.  That the village goes by the initials V.F.D. is significant, or is it?  Isadora Quagmire's anacrostic couplet allows for some clue-solving within the book.  The illustrations, with their emphasis on the village's crows, are probably the dullest ever.

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