The Vile Village
by Lemony Snicket
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A Series of Unfortunate Events 7: The Vile Village / 9780061757198
I first came to this series after watching the tie-in movie "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events". I love the series for its superb characterization, lovely writing, quirky plotlines, and deeply dark humor. This seventh book in the series carries on the tradition and will not disappoint fans.
Like the rest of the novels in this series, this book is very slender and can be whipped through in a few hours. However, the story is engaging and well-told and it's impossible to not be drawn into the drama of the Baudelaire orphans as they struggle to survive in their new home in the mysteriously-named village of V.F.D. The orphans have been sent to the village to live because "it takes a village to raise a child", but when they arrive, they realize they are expected to be slaves for the inhabitants of the entire town. Maybe their new placement is worth it, though, if the entire village can keep Count Olaf away...?
A note about the audiobook edition of this book: this installment returns to the superb narration of Tim Curry that the early books in the series featured. Curry does an incredible job with the story and it is impossible to not be drawn into his deep, rich narration as he follows the orphans in their adventures.
~ Ana Mardoll
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