Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

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Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid
Horseradish (Snicket, 2007).jpg
1st ed., HC DJ
AuthorLemony Snicket
Cover artistMark Tucker/Merge Left Reps., Inc.
CountryUnited States
Publication date
April 24, 2007 (United States)
September 3, 2007 (United Kingdom)
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages168 pp
818/.54 22
LC ClassPS3558.A4636 H67 2007

Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid is a 2007 book written by Lemony Snicket. It is a "wit and wisdom" quotation book partly drawn from Snicket's famous A Series of Unfortunate Events.[1]


Following the tradition of Snicket's work, Horseradish has thirteen chapters, each with a certain theme. The book is prefaced with an introduction that outlines these themes.


The bulk of the introduction follows the story of a man and a woman who live in a small grass hut in a village surrounded by a horseradish field. They generally live a routine life, and, as they have no taste for the horseradish, spend most of their time hunting to prepare raisin-stuffed snails to provide for their meals. One night, the woman asks her husband if there is more to life than doing the same thing for years. Her husband replies that the woman's mother once told him about a wise man who would probably know. The woman visits her mother, who says that she heard about the wise man from the woman's third grade teacher, Miss Matmos. Miss Matmos tells the woman that the wise man lives on the top of a mountain far away and that the journey to the top of the mountain is difficult and dull.

After months of walking and thinking about the subjects in the chapter headings, the woman arrives at the house of the wise old man; however, he is in fact not a wise man but a wide man. Tired and hungry, the woman returns home, but learns that in her absence her mother has taken her fishing pole, her husband has married Miss Matmos, and that she failed third grade. The moral of the story is that life has bitter truths that cannot be avoided.


  1. Home
  2. Family
  3. School
  4. Work
  5. Entertainment
  6. Literature
  7. Travel
  8. Emotional Health
  9. Affairs of the Heart
  10. A Life of Mystery
  11. The Mystery of Life
  12. An Overall Feeling of Doom that One Cannot Ever Escape no Matter What One Does
  13. Miscellaneous


  1. ^ Lemony Snicket AuthorTracker April 24th: In thirteen far-reaching chapters—from "Family" to "Emotional Health," from "A Life of Mystery" to "The Mystery of Life" —Horseradish puts the unhappy mind of Mr. Snicket at your fingertips. This compendium of wisdom drawn from his published works and his unpublishable remarks is the perfect gift for loved ones and enemies alike.