The End (novel)

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The End
Author Lemony Snicket (pen name of Daniel Handler)
Illustrator Brett Helquist
Cover artist Brett Helquist
Country United States
Language English
Series A Series of Unfortunate Events
Genre Gothic fiction
Absurdist fiction
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
October 13, 2006
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 324
ISBN 0-06-441016-1
OCLC 70718171
LC Class PZ7.S6795 En 2006
Preceded by The Penultimate Peril

The End is the thirteenth and final novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The book was released on Friday, October 13, 2006.[1]


The book opens with the Baudelaire orphans and Count Olaf on a boat heading away from the Hotel Denouement. After a storm, the Baudelaires are welcomed on an island by a girl named Friday. After the storm, Kit Snicket and a friendly snake known as the "Incredibly Deadly Viper" (which first appeared in The Reptile Room) are shipwrecked on the island. Count Olaf disguises himself as Kit. However, the islanders immediately see through Olaf's disguise and capture him. They debate whether the orphans should be expelled from the colony when they discover that the Baudelaires are carrying items which go against the island's customs. The children, along with Olaf, end up abandoned on the coastal shelf. The Baudelaires notice an object that fell out of Ishmael's robe, an apple core. Olaf explains that Ishmael has been lying to the islanders and breaking their customs in secret. That night, two of the islanders, sneak out to feed the children and ask them to join a mutiny. They ask the Baudelaires to go to the arboretum where all the contraband items are collected, and find or make some weapons to use in the rebellion. The children set off and find a hidden room within a tree at the center. They find a book with writing in the handwriting of their mother, but Ishmael arrives and interrupts them. They learn that their parents were once the island's leaders and were responsible for many improvements meant to make island-life easier and more pleasant, but were eventually overthrown by Ishmael. The Baudelaires find an enormous history of the island, titled A Series of Unfortunate Events, written by the many different people who had served as island leaders. The Baudelaires and Ishmael go back to the other side, where the mutiny is already underway. Count Olaf returns, still in disguise. Ishmael harpoons Olaf in the stomach, inadvertently shattering the helmet containing the Medusoid Mycelium, which infects the island's entire population. While Count Olaf bleeds to death, the Baudelaires run back to the arboretum to try to find some horseradish to cure everyone. They gather hybridized apples for the other islanders, only to discover that the island people have abandoned the mutiny and boarded their outrigger canoe. Ishmael refuses to allow the apples on board. Ishmael promises that he will save the islanders by sailing to a horseradish factory, although the Incredibly Deadly Viper is hinted to have smuggled an apple on board. At this point, Kit is about to go into labor. She seems to be dying of the fungus, but cannot eat the bitter apple due to the hybrid's unhealthy effects on unborn babies. When the critically injured and fungus-choked Olaf hears that she is still alive, he takes a bite of an apple and manages to get her safely down onto the beach. He kisses Kit and dies soon after. The Baudelaires help Kit give birth to a baby girl. Kit then dies due to the Medusoid Mycelium, after requesting that the orphans name the baby after their mother Beatrice. The Baudelaires spend the next year taking care of Kit's daughter, occasionally visiting the graves of Kit and Olaf. The book ends with a short epilogue titled "Chapter 14" that is set about one year after the previous events. After reading an entry from their parents, the Baudelaires decide to leave the island with Beatrice in order to honor their parents' wishes. A three-year-old Sunny has gained the ability to speak in complete sentences. Despite their fears about the outside world, the children prepare a boat and supplies for their journey back to the mainland. Lemony Snicket admits that he is unsure about the fate of the children; speculating that the Baudelaires may have rejoined the VFD or perished at sea.


  • Loppu (in Finnish), WSOY, 2007, ISBN 978-951-0-32760-9 .
  • 終わり (in Japanese), Soshisha, 2008, ISBN 978-4-7942-1674-8 .
  • 최후의 대결 (in Korean) .
  • Конец (in Russian), Azbuka, 2007, ISBN 5-91181-623-7 .
  • La Fine (in Italian) .
  • La Fin (in French) .
  • Son (in Turkish) .
  • Τέλος (in Greek), Ελληνικά Γρμάμματα, 2007, ISBN 9789604429455 .
  • Polish : "Koniec końców" (At Long Last)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Inskeep, Steve (13 October 2006). "Lemony Snicket Reaches 'The End'". NPR. Retrieved 14 February 2011.