The Bad Beginning

The Bad Beginning

Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Title:The Bad Beginning
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780439206471
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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    *I'm not going to rate this, because I've already read this book & stand by my first rating of it. I adore this story so much & I'm so happy that I took the time to re-read it. It made me feel SO nost...

  • Mark Lawrence

    I'm reading through this series with my daughter Celyn (10 years old, very disabled, hence Dad does the reading).Edit: Finished & reviewed all 13!So, this is a clever, entertaining book set in a world...

  • Caz (littlebookowl)

    For some reason I had the sudden urge to re-read these books... so I decided to start listening to them on audiobook! I have the 11th book in a physical copy, but I will eventually be picking the rest...

  • emma

    YES!!! The least fascinatingly detailed book in my favorite series! It just keeps getting better and better, folks.So, for the three misguided people who haven’t read this series - first off, get ON...

  • C.G. Drews

    This series was my ENTIRE LIFE when I was a small human child. I saved any and all money I received to buy the books (my first collection of matching hardcovers) and listened to them on cassette tape ...

  • Mischenko

    Up until now, the three Baudelaire children have lived a fairly lavish life, until a raging fire burns through their home with their parents inside. Their deaths are suspicious and nobody really knows...

  • Mohammed Arabey

    We have in Egypt this saying; "Who sees the Unfortunate Events of others feel solace about his own Unfortunates""اللي يشوف ميسفورشنت ايفينتس الناس تهون عليه مي...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy th...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Bad Beginning, Lemony SnicketThe Bad Beginning is the first novel of the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The novel tells the story of three children, Viol...

  • J.G. Keely

    So the premise of this book (as the narrator keeps helpfully reminding us) is that this group of three children will continue to have difficult problems to overcome, and every time they succeed in dea...