Daily Archives: January 16, 2013

Book Review: Adverbs by Daniel Handler

Adverbs by Daniel Handler Title: Adverbs
Author: Daniel Handler
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
ISBN: 9780007181285
Genre: Literary Fiction
Pages: 352
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

It is an old book, published in 2007 and yet it makes sense to me every time I read it. “Adverbs” by Daniel Handler (the real name of Lemony Snicket, oh yes, that’s trivia for you) is a treat for the reader. I guess not many people have heard of it, however it is time that they do and hence this review, hoping I can reach out to some of them. “Adverbs” is a book of short stories (some interconnected as well) about love and lost chances and basically back to love. Every chapter is titled on an adverb and the story is related to it (but obviously).

Adverbs is an unusual book. May be because it explores the state of love so beautifully and rather differently as well. Love keeps modifying in all stories, just like it does, every single time. Hence I guess the title of the book. Adverbs is all about love and its nature – from a passenger falling in love with his cab driver to love falling itself out in a relationship, the stories are charming, wistful, and seductive on most levels.

I have always loved Lemony Snicket’s books; however I guess I love Handler’s books a lot more than A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think that is because of the love plots intertwined in them, whether it is Adverbs or Why We Broke Up (a teenage love story and loads of heartache). “Adverbs”, in its writing is clear and precise, and it would definitely ring true for everyone who has ever been in love or has aspired to or has his or her heart broken.

I am glad I reread it this year as the book speaks to you emotionally at so many levels, sometimes interconnected and sometimes not. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. A great read on a winter’s day.

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