A Series of Unfortunate Events #7: The Vile Village

by Lemony Snicket

Other authorsMichael Kupperman (Illustrator), Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2001



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Fic Sni (c.2)





HarperCollins (2001), 272 pages


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.


Children's Favorites Awards (Selection — 2002)


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272 p.; 5 inches

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LibraryThing member BrynDahlquis
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,
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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).
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LibraryThing member bibliophile26
The 7th in the Series of Unfortunate Events. I've stopped being bothered by the complete lack of realism in the books and therefore enjoyed this one a bit more (although there were quite a few eyerolls on my part).
LibraryThing member KarenAJeff
I wish I hadn't started reading this series but now I have to find out how it ends.
LibraryThing member catz
This didn't catch my mind but I still got pulled in. I don't know why this didn't catch my mind as much. It just didn't.
LibraryThing member nm.fall07dmolodyh
i liked this book because of all the action it pulls you in to the childrens mishapes and adventures in this book the go to a village that takes care of them and the village has a lot of rules and stuff and it has a lot of words in it and and a lot of pages it was a good book i liked it it was fun
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to red,(not) nothing fun to read i read this book only cuz i had to read somthing
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LibraryThing member delaney.h4
Summary: The Baudelairs are back and are moved to a vile village full of strange elderlies.
Review: It was okay.
LibraryThing member Othemts
I was trying to read these books a couple at a time, but this book was a turning point. It starts off with the same pattern: Mr. Poe finds a new home for the Baudelaire's, this time an entire village. The ending is different though. No longer are the Baudelaire's seen as innocent children escaping
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the clutches of the evil Count Olaf. Instead they are framed for murder and have to use all their wits to escape the madding crowd. Secrets for the ongoing story start to filter in as well, and there's a brief appearance by the Quagmires.
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LibraryThing member EmScape
I am getting increasingly tired of Snicket defining words and phrases as they have to do with his story instead of the true dictionary definition of the word. Besides that, the story was well executed.
My favorite thing is that Snicket has decided to age his child characters. Often in series of
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books intended for children, they remain the same age for the duration of the series, (i.e. as far as I know the Babysitters Club is still 13 and in the 8th grade, and have been since I was 9--and I'm 27). It's nice when the children grow, as well as learn, (i.e. the Harry Potter characters). I'm glad Snicket has allowed the Beaudelaires to do this. It gives me hope that Violet will turn 18 prior to being captured successfully by Olaf.
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LibraryThing member readafew
We've reached the middle, this is the 7th book in the Series of Unfortunate events, chronicling the misadventures of the Baudelaire children. This time Mr. Poe sends the children to be raised by a village, though it's more like take care of the village. Another great book for kids to help them
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expand their vocabulary ( here meaning to learn new and different words). The story continues and new situations arise and the Baudelaire's do what needs doing.
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LibraryThing member riverwillow
In this book the Quagmires and the Baudelaires meet and are again separated. This probably has the bleakest, if not the most cinematic, ending of any book in the series so far.
LibraryThing member heidialice
For the first time ever, the Baudelaires are placed with a caretaker they actually like in the Village. A bizarre mob psychology rules the town and they are charged with crimes for which the penalty is death. Count Olaf is behind it all of course, and both he and the orphans narrowly escape.

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book seemed to have a bit more meat to it than some of the others and I enjoyed the slightly more hopeful tone with a likeable character. I also enjoy the Quagmire triplets, and hope to see more of them.
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LibraryThing member miyurose
I think I enjoyed this one more than the last few. The formula was shaken up a bit. And I've never heard "deus ex machina" explained so well!
LibraryThing member aethercowboy
So far, the poor Baudelaire orphans have lost just about everything, and what little they have left they are further on the verge of losing. There are some things that can never be taken from you. These are things like your self-determination or your secret Aztec gold you've placed a special curse
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The Baudelaire orphans have a fortune, but it's not in cursed Aztec gold, so it can be taken away from them. Count Olaf, a distant relation to their family, has tried countless (well, as of this volume, seven) time to get that fortune. It's locked in arrears--a word which here means "unable to be accessed by anyone, orphan or villain"--until the oldest orphan, Violet comes of age.

The banker in charge of their late parents' estate, Mr. Poe, has determined that the old maxim "It takes a village to raise a child" to be quite valid, and puts the Baudelaire orphans in the hands of the V.F.D., which may or may not be the same V.F.D. that the Quagmire triplets had mentioned to them before Count Olaf spirited them away in his devious plot to get the Quagmire sapphires, yet another great fortune.

While the entire village expects to get free labor from the orphans, only Hector really cares for them. He's the town's handyman, and he is secretly violating several of the village's rules (he has a secret workshop in which he's designing things using forbidden--a word here, which means "all"--technology, and a secret library containing all the books describing people breaking the village's rules, including, of course, the village rulebooks). Additionally, the orphans are getting strange couplets mysteriously, which leads them to believe that the Quagmire triplets are closer than they think. But with the Quagmires comes Olaf, who too, would be closer than they think. So close, that the village elders claim that they have found him, and that they will burn him at the stake.

But, again, this is a series of unfortunate events, and it's only the seventh volume, so the orphans trouble cannot possibly be over this soon.

This volume is definitely recommended for anyone who has enjoyed the previous six, or any other writings of Lemony Snicket, or his good friend Daniel Handler. This is not the best place to start reading the series, however, as you may find yourself confused when references are made to previous books. In fact this or any later book in the series (or quite possibly any book after and including book two) would not make a good place to start reading the series. The best place would have to be book one: The Bad Beginning. So start there, and by all means, don't finish here (there are still six books to go!). Each volume uncovers more and more mystery AND misery. Enjoy, for the sake the poor Baudelaire orphans.
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LibraryThing member hjjugovic
Yet more bad things happen to the Baudelaires. Normally this series is good at keeping you guessing, but this time I knew the solution to the mystery at the beginning of the book and I've already solved V.F.D. It's disappointing the brilliant Bautdealires aren't up to snuff on this one. It's nice
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to see them grow and change as a result of their misfortunes, and the series is still clever and well done.
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LibraryThing member thc_luver6
Dark and mysterious this book leads you into a new era in the Baudelaire's lives.
LibraryThing member beckers
This book is fiction. It is a fantastic book.There are 3 children Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Bauldlaire. There parents had died in a fire and they had been placed to live with many gaurdians all ending in disaster. The Bauldlaire orphans are sent to their 7th home. It is the village of v.f.d. Their
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new gaurdian is a guy named Hector. In this village there are many many many rules. If uy break one as simple as putting too much nuts on ice cream you will be burned at the stake. Later, the village said they had caaptured Count Olaf, the Bauldlaire's old gaurdian who wants to steel Violet's fortune. It really isn't him. In the night in the jail cell he is murdered. A new detective comes. He is Count Olaf the Bauldlaireshad said. It was true. He was discised as a detective so no one regonized him. Then, trouble has begun and it leeads to so much more in the story. This book is 7 points and i recomend it.
By Abby Silve
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LibraryThing member ababe92
This book is one of the more scarier books in the series of unfortunate events. I would recommend it to a child who does not get scared easily.
LibraryThing member KeRo0306
It makes me so mad at how the Baudelaire's are wonderful children but are sent to an ungrateful town with a creepy tone to it. These people are ridiculous but at the same time I can't stop reading because theres so many things I don't know.
LibraryThing member smg-sbrowne
this book is great the Baudlures free their friend in a village of comfment they also get the name muder
LibraryThing member GBev2008
A big let down from "The Ersatz Elevator" All the stories have been "dark," but the humor seems to be missing from this one. The continuing mystery of V.F.D. and the continued hinting of Lemony Snicket's personal connections to the Baudeliares and Count Olaf are keeping the story interesting.
LibraryThing member heidilove
i love this series. how could you not?
LibraryThing member 5c.library
This is a trechorous tale written by Lemony Snicket about threee children who's parents died in a fire. These children go on a series of unfortunate envent. Overall this is a great book and I encourag everybody from 7 and onwards. Rayna
LibraryThing member katie1802
This is one my favourites of the series, I LOVED these books when I was a kid. I feel like they really taught me something, not least a lot of vocabulary.

This book changed the series completely, finally the kids are on their own.
LibraryThing member lisa211
This particular book in the SoUE series has mellowed down for me. It took me a while to finished it since it didn't caught on to me as much like the previous books had. I guess it's due to the slow action.

The Baudelaires Orphans (Violet, the inventor for the 3 and the oldest; Klaus, the genius and
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the middle brother; and Sunny, the biter and the youngest of the 3 siblings) has lost their parents in a terrible fire which started their unfortunate bad luck of moving from one guardian to another all due to the greedy Count Olaf, who would do anything to get their heritance and i mean ANYTHING!

Nobody in relations to the orphans were willing to adopt them, so Mr Poe (their ineffective legal guardian who was taking care of their parents fortune until Violet is old enough to inherit all of their parents business assets) decided to place them in a programme called "It takes a village to raise a child", which was big fat mistake - as always. At this point I was beginning to ask myself, what else is new. In the same time, the orphans were looking for their friends, Duncan and Isadora Quagmire, who Count Olaf managed to kidnapped in their past 2 encounters.

So, they managed to ended up adopted by the village called V.F.D, where there's no children but only elders living there, with an exception of Hector (who was mostly responsible for the children and who went skittish each time he had to talk to the elders). The village people was all worked up with enforcing lots of ridiculous rules and making the orphans do all the chores all over the VFD. While doing those chores they found a lead in finding their two friends and on the side, the village police chef just announced she just caught Count Olaf!
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LibraryThing member briannad84
The series finally feels like it's got more mystery to it than in the earlier books. But I agree with user benuathanasia - sometimes you just want to smack them!

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