Monday, December 21, 2015

Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid by Lemony Snicket and Mark Tucker

 

Lemony Snicket has been one of my favorite authors ever since I first read his thirteen title series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. His dry, ironic sense of humor it expertly woven throughout his works with a signature style that's hard to miss; Horseradish is no exception.

The full title of the work is, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid, and it is full of exactly what it says: bitter truths. Luckily, Snicket is a master at presenting bad news and he does so with humor and grace in a way that only Lemony Snicket can.

Each page holds an individual truth. From sage words such as:

"There are times to stay put,
and what you want will come
to you,and there art times to
go out into the world and find
such a thing for yourself."

to humorous anecdotes:

"If writers wrote as carelessly
as some people talk, then
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pasdlgkhasdfasdf."

Horseradish will have you nodding in agreement, laughing at the absurdity, and scratching your head in confusion. It is a book that pokes fun at itself and should never be taken too seriously, even though it is-at times-quite moving. The back of the book explains it best:


If you enjoy Lemony Snicket's unique style, read A Series of Unfortunate Events starting with The Bad Beginning. Or if you're looking for a unique and silly holiday read for children, try Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming or The Lump of Coal. These and many more titles are available at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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