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Horseradish [Paperback]

Lemony Snicket , Mark Tucker
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Book Description

April 24, 2007

Lemony Snicket's work is filled with bitter truths, like: 'It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself.' Or: 'It is very easy to say that the important thing is to try your best, but if you are in real trouble the most important thing is not trying your best, but getting to safety.'

For all of life's ups and downs, its celebrations and its sorrows, here is a book to commemorate it all – especially for those not fully soothed by chicken soup. Witty and irreverent, Horseradish is a book with universal appeal, a delightful vehicle to introduce Snicket's uproariously unhappy observations to a crowd not yet familiar with the Baudelaires' misadventures.



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About the Author

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061240060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061240065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lemony Snicket claims he was nowhere near the scene of the crime. He is the author of several other unpleasant stories, including those in the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Lump of Coal.

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Think of this book as an advice book Snicket-style. Each page has a quote on it pertaining to family, love, work, school, death, and other universal topics. Some of the quotes are just silly and others are outlandishly clever, as would be expected from a Lemony Snicket book. No, it isn't a story about the Baudelaires or Mr. Snicket's life, but it does contain some of the best quotes in A Series of Unfortunate Events along with other original ones. These are the lines that you would be frantically flipping through every book of A Series of Unfortunate Events to find because they are so brilliant, but you simply can't remember the correct page number. One of the more memorable ones is the beautiful quote about the death of a loved one that was first found in The Reptile Room. Therefore, I find it very convenient to have all of these witticisms together in one easy-to-scroll-through book.

It begins with a short and ironically tragic story about a woman searching for knowledge, and the rest of the book contains the sad, yet brutally honest knowledge that she was never able to find. Each page has a message that you probably weren't expecting, and I guarrantee that whoever reads this book will find at least one of the quotes to be brilliant. It's a very good book to read if you are down and are seeking wisdom that won't give you false hope or advice that won't actually work.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a book of proverbs - except useful September 28, 2007
Format:Paperback
I got this book for my 18th birthday and thought it was very fitting. No, it does not tell an actual story; yes, it is a little expensive; and no, your young children probably won't enjoy it as much as you hoped they would. It's aimed more at YA and up and is basically a book of Snicketified proverbs that will temporarily relieve some of the bitterness that goes along with these truths.

There is never anything surprising that Lemony Snicket puts out, so stop acting disappointed when you should have known perfectly well what the book would be like. If you're not a fan of Lemony Snicket already or can't yet define the word satirical, then you're not likely to enjoy it.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not what I expected... April 27, 2007
Format:Paperback
In purchasing this book I was expecting something similar to the Unauthorized Autobiography or the Beatrice Letters. Let me tell you, this book is NOT that. This book contains 13 chapters on various topics. The content of the book is like reading chinese proverbs with a Lemony Snicket twist. You won't learn anything about the Series of Unfortunate Events, if that is what you are expecting. You also learn nothing about Lemony Snicket himself (other than to see his pessimistic nature once again).

All in all, if you are looking for something related to the Series of Unfortunate Events I wouldn't recommend this book. If you like reading chinese proverbs, and you like the Snicket writing style, I would recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Highly entertaining and dispite its lack of gore, or bad language it is a book likely best read by *adults* This book is comprised of little inerently depressing wisdoms, truths and anedotal evidence and homilies from strange countries where they occasionally mishear things.

If you enjoyed the SoUE and laughed yourseilf silly at the subtle twists of language like, -- when the gibrish speaking baby finds the neckties to lower into the elevator shaft, and announces in her baby voice... "Armani!" --you will likely enjoy this book.

If not, its a quick read, so the book will still look new when you give it away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Snarkastic June 12, 2008
Format:Paperback
Snarky and Sarcastic...and just a little bit funny. I didn't love this book,but I didn't hate it either. It is mostly made up of quotes about different subjects. Had I not ordered this on a whim, I would not have purchased it say...at a bookstore, where you can take a peek.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short but bittersweet April 5, 2008
Format:Paperback
this is a very short book but a really long message. Each quote of Lemony Snicket barely takes up a page, but each one has so much meaning that i regularly use them in conversation. Every thing he wrote seems insane but no one i have ever met can contradict whats in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, if you like lemony snicket June 1, 2007
Format:Paperback
it was a great book, written in the style only lemony snicket knows, if you like to read quotes, etc, you'll love this book, but it has absolutely no information on the Baudalaires or on anything related to A Series of Unfortunate Events
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite May 6, 2014
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This is one of my favorite books by Lemony Snicket. Personally I found it to be charming and entertaining. Parts of it are kind of childish, but I still love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The book itself is awesome, however the edges of the book were dirty...
The book itself is awesome, however the edges of the book were dirty like it'd been through a lot and i didn't appreciate it.
Published 3 months ago by kristina
3.0 out of 5 stars Love this writing style. Like stories more, though.
Being that I loved A Series of Unfortunate Events, I decided to use a coupon on this collection of Lemony Snicket's advice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Swank Ivy
2.0 out of 5 stars okay condition
Was described as very good condition, but had library stickers all over the front and back cover. At best, the condition was acceptable.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid
This book is so good!
and very helpful.
The Hardcover makes it more durable.
it's a small, not very long book
and in fact it does contain
bitter truths... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kiko
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I became a fan of Lemony Snicket because of his "Unfortunate Events" serious. I haven't completed the series but I love it so far. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Melanie
4.0 out of 5 stars "Good read for when in transit or you have limited time"
This book is full of juicy, satrical anctedotes that I enjoyed. Cliches are twisted and given new meaning. Truisms are written in an interesting and often clever way. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeff Commissaris
5.0 out of 5 stars Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid
This collection of life's truths from the one and only Lemony Snicket are hilariously dark and accurate. A must read. A must own. A must.
Published 23 months ago by Miss Crackers
4.0 out of 5 stars Daughter liked it
From what I could gather from her, it was just a quick throw down book by the author to capitalize off the unfortunate events series.
Published on December 14, 2012 by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
I've long been a fan of Lemony Snicket, and this book did not disappoint. I read it within an hour, laughed out loud almost to the point of tears, and thought that it was the most... Read more
Published on December 13, 2012 by Nom de plume
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books.
I love to read through the quotes in this book. There are many quotes from "A Series of Unfortunate Events" as well as others which I didn't recognize. Read more
Published on December 1, 2012 by Gwen
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