REVIEW: Horseradish - Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

This weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip to the Book Festival, which is a fair with thousands of very cheap books. Obviously we both went home with a bag full of books and since I woke up with an extremely painful throat and a fever this morning, I tried to make the best of my laryngitis and started reading. Today I finished 'New Moan: The First Book in the Twishite Saga: A Parody' as well as 'Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid'. I enjoyed both books a lot, though I found the second to be quite a bit more special.

Personally I'm not a big fan of pseudo-philosophical books merely consisting of quotes; all too often the content is more pretentious and cliché than inspirational. However, 'Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid' by Lemony Snicket is different.
Lemony Snicket is Daniel Handler's pen name, who is especially known for the dark and witty children's books 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'. These tell the story of the Baudelaire orphans and the first book of the series was adapted to the screen in 2004, with Jim Carrey playing the role of the evil Count Olaf.

However, 'Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid' could be considered slightly more mature. It is a series of inspirational, funny and witty quotes about both the great and the more trivial aspects of life. The quotes are divided into thirteen categories (Home, family, love, literature, mysteries of life, etc.). Not every single 'truth' is as inspirational as another, there are quite a few that are slightly dull, obvious or actually bitter, but more than once I found myself absolutely delighted with one of Lemony Snicket's ideas. I felt some strong Oscar Wilde echoes here and there.

To give you an idea of the contents, here are a couple of my favourites:

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