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The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

The Vile Village (2003)

by Lemony Snicket

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Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events (7)

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Trying to figure out the secret of VFD, which their friends the Quagmire triplets hinted at in the last book, the Baudelaire orphans go to live in a village titled "VFD" in a pamphlet. But alas, the villagers have no desire to parent the orphans, and isntead expect them to spend all their days cleaning up after the town's flock of crows (a flock so large that it completely blankets the town, making it look like a shivering mirage from afar). And of course, Count Olaf appears to make their lives even more miserable. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
"In this large and fierce world of ours, there are many, many unpleasant places to be. You can be in a river swarming with angry electric eels, or in a supermarket filled with vicious long-distance runners. You can be in a hotel that has no room service, or you can be lost in a forest that is slowly filling up with water. You can be in a hornet's nest or in an abandoned airport or the office of a pediatric surgeon, but one of the most unpleasant things that can happen is to find yourself in a quandary." ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
"It takes a village to raise a child..." But, knowing the Baudelaires' luck; it takes a village to neglect a trio of poor orphans and to force them to do all the chores. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I read a complaint when these books first came out that they were too horribly violent to be appropriate for children. This was before "The Hunger Games," which I'm sure threw that particular complainer into a state of permanent shock. This was also missing the point, which is that while the Baudelaire orphans are in constant peril, the dangers are as ridiculously over the top as the ingenious escapes the children manage to contrive. You can't really believe any of it, so you can sit back and enjoy the show.

The genius of these books is that they maintain a certain level of absurdity, while managing at the same time to make the reader care. The Baudelaires are likable and developed characters who are fighting to survive in a strange universe. Those of us with any memory left of early childhood can relate.

"The Vile Village" makes some terrific points about the kind of people who care more about paperwork and rules than humanity. Those of us who have attended school and/or worked for large corporations can *definitely* relate.

The book also gets in a dig at people (you know who you are) who are indifferent to human suffering, but who'll drop everything and weep for an injured bird.

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  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
I really like this volume of the series because it's rather whimsical. A town full of crows, thousands of ridiculous rules, and a hot air balloon house. Of course, all of the Snicket books are on the whimsical side, but this one just takes the cake (a phrase which here means it has crows, rules, and hot air balloon houses rather than meaning there is cake in it).

I also like this volume because it has what so many other books in the same genre lack: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I mean, the Baudelaires AGE. Sunny MATURES. They actually have BIRTHDAYS. I love it.

Also, of course, we get further into the mystery of V.F.D. We get a hint as to what some of the initials stand for, and even briefly meet someone who knows quite a lot about it.

On the note of characters, I love Hector. I totally empathize with his skittishness, and I am unspeakably proud of him for overcoming his fear (even if it's a little late). ( )
1 vote BrynDahlquis | Jan 25, 2015 |
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The children looked at one another again, a little less hopefully this time. The quoting of an aphorism, like the angry barking of a dog or the smell of overcooked broccoli, rarely indicates that something helpful is about to happen. An aphorism is merely a small group of words arranged in a certain order because they sound good that way, but oftentimes people tend to say them as if they were saying something very mysterious and wise.
"'Murder' is the word for a group of crows, like a flock of geese or a herd of cows or a convention of orthodontists."
Entertaining a notion, like entertaining a baby cousin or entertaining a pack of hyenas, is a dangerous thing to refuse to do. If you refuse to entertain a baby cousin, the baby cousin may get bored and entertain itself by wandering off and falling down a well. If you refuse to entertain a pack of hyenas, they may become restless and entertain themselves by devouring you. But if you refuse to entertain a notion - which is just a fancy way of saying that you refuse to think about a certain idea - you have to be much braver than someone who is merely facing some bloodthirsty animals, or some parents who are upset to find their little darling at the bottom of a well, because nobody knows what an idea will do when it goes off to entertain itself, particularly if the idea comes from a sinister villain.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064408655, Hardcover)

The seventh book in Lemony Snicket's splendidly gloomy Series of Unfortunate Events shadows the three Baudelaire orphans as they plummet headlong into their next misadventure. Mr. Poe, their ineffective legal guardian, having exhausted all options for finding them a new home with relatives (including their 19th cousin), sadly entrusts his young charges' fate to a progressive guardian program formed with the premise "It takes a village to raise a child." Before they know it, the Baudelaires are being whisked off on a bus to a village (vile) named "V.F.D." Snicket fans who read The Austere Academy and The Ersatz Elevator will jump to see these three initials, as they provide a clue to the tragic disappearance of the Baudelaires' friends, the beloved, equally orphaned Quagmire triplets.

To the orphans' dismay, V.F.D. is covered in crows--so much so that the whole village is pitch-black and trembling. "The crows weren't squawking or cawing, which is what crows often do, or playing the trumpet, which crows practically never do, but the town was far from silent. The air was filled with the sounds the crows made as they moved around." Another disturbing element of the town is that the Council of Elders (who wear creepy crow hats) has thousands of rules, such as "don't hurt crows" and "don't build mechanical devices." Fortunately, the Baudelaires are taken in by a kindly handyman named Hector who cooks them delicious Mexican food and secretly breaks rules. Still, neither Hector nor an entire village can protect the orphans from the clutches of the money-grubbing Count Olaf, who has relentlessly pursued them (actually, just their fortune) since The Bad Beginning. Fans won't want to miss any of this marvelously morbid series! (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Under a new government program based on the saying "It takes a village to raise a child," the Baudelaire orphans are adopted by an entire town, with disastrous results.

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