Quite a few months ago, Jean Lucio started sharing his theories, largely involving Lemony Snicket being an unreliable narrator. I didn’t think I had ever heard the concept of being an unreliable narrator before, and while I found the idea interesting, I didn’t really know if that could be true or not. But yesterday I was reading a bit of TUA on Kindle, and I came across this passage on the copyright page:
“Please note that the author has been called a fraud, a criminal, a bestseller, a corpse, a fictional character, an unreliable narrator, an objective flaneur, an embattled gentleman, a magnetic field, an arsonist, and late for dinner by an odd number of dubious authorities.”
I’ve read this copyright page a number of times without ever realizing it said this, so I just wanted to draw attention to it.
Also, a magnetic field???
Faith is being sure about what we hope for, being convinced about things we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
Post by Optimism is my Phil-osophy on Sept 4, 2019 13:04:09 GMT -5
Thank you Foxy! I had already realized that ... I hope your remark strengthens my arguments. And I think some people accuse Lemony of being a magnetic field because reading his published material is really addictive. See, after so many years we're still here talking about it! Of course, it may just be a joke. I am trying to follow your advice not to take seriously any remarks found in Lemony's books.
I really think when Daniel Handler wrote LSTUA, he spent a lot of time explaining in his mind the apparent chronological errors he had missed. The same thing happened when he published TBB the Rare Edition. I don't think Daniel Handler had it all planned from the start, but I think he adjusted the story so that it fit his mind. Daniel Handler does not seem to be someone who misses gross errors. And I get the impression he's a proud man who likes to mock internally when he realizes that others are confused by the story he has created. I think he believes the story is coherent, and that the secrets that exist can be discovered. But he made a challenge to humanity. And this challenge can only be met if you think outside the box, understand the tips, and pay attention to the details.
The Magnetic Fields (named after the André Breton/Philippe Soupault novel Les Champs Magnétiques) is an American band founded and led by Stephin Merritt. Merritt is the group's primary songwriter, producer, and vocalist, as well as frequent multi-instrumentalist. The Magnetic Fields is essentially a vehicle for Merritt's songwriting, as are various side-projects including The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, and THE GOTHIC ARCHIES. Merritt's recognizable lyrics are often about love and with atypical or neutral gender roles, and are by turns ironic, tongue-in-cheek, bitter, and humorous.
The band later became more prominent when Merritt wrote, performed and recorded songs for the audiobook versions of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. A collection of thirteen songs based on each book and two additional tracks was released as The Tragic Treasury on October 10, 2006, to coincide with the release of the final book in the series. The Gothic Archies briefly toured to promote the album featuring Merritt on ukulele and Daniel Handler on accordion.