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Book Title: Watch Your Mouth|
The author of the book: Daniel Handler
Date of issue: February 19th 2002
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.5
ISBN 13: 9780060938178
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I love Daniel Handler SO MUCH. The way he writes is so splendid, I can sometimes hardly stand it. And his plots are so twisted and twisty and bizarre and beautiful and DARK. And funny and clever and smutty and sly and just just just such a joy to read. Here is how I love him:
Anyway so I obviously love this book to bits and pieces, let me count the ways. If you read the blurb you will know that it is: a meta-opera (sort of) about incest (maybe / maybe not) and Jewish mysticism (probably / possibly). It is also drenched in sex, slippery-wet with it, especially in the first half, just replete, completely. You will likely make this face through most of it (I certainly did):
Like, omg, is he going to go th-- yes, yes he is. He did. Oh my.
Okay, are you still with me? Let's get a little deeper (twss) into this brilliant disturbing little gem. Here we have the story of erstwhile Joseph, at the end of his senior year and in the first blush of his very sexually intense relationship with Cyn. For various reasons, Joseph is going to spend the summer in Pittsburgh living with Cyn and her family—dad is a recently disgraced osteopath, mom is a propsmistress for the local theatre where the whole season is antisemitic operas (on purpose! not in a racist way!), and brother is a scientist doing something with molecules and gold.
What Joseph and Cyn are purportedly doing with their time is being camp counselors; what they are actually doing is a tremendous amount of acrobatic and voracious fucking, in that way the youngs do so well. The problems is (maybe) that all this fucking is going to Joseph's head, and he starts to believe that (view spoiler)[everyone in the family is also doing every bit as much fucking—with one another (hide spoiler)]. (Apologies for the spoiler tag; it's nothing Daniel won't tell you himself very early on, but still, some decorum.) There's a lot more—mother Mimi may or not be bringing home her props, and I don't mean bits of tissue paper; Rabbi Tsouris (sure) has a splendidly disorienting speech about God being both NOWHERE and NOW HERE; a tiny hallway window has an almost mystical ability to cause doors around the house to open on terribly indecent scenes behind; and our hero, of course, loses his mind amid sexual fluids and an excessive spurting forth (twss) of mud.
That's the first half of the book. I won't get much into the second half except to say that although it is set in a different city and follows a radically different structure (it's a 12-step self-help book, not a self-referential meta-opera), it still answers all the questions that you never would have believed the first half would have left panting and open.
Look, all of this is awesome and wild and shockingly original, and all on its own it would have made a really kooky fun read. But the thing about Daniel Handler is that he is so dazzlingly smart, at a stylistic line-level, that everything he does is catapulted into this exotic rarefied territory of evil genius brilliance. He does, for one example, this thing with metaphors where in any given scene, all the things evoked with metaphoric language refer back, perfectly, to the subject at hand. That may sound incomprehensible, but every time it happens you will gasp with delight at how hard he must have worked (twss).
And the other thing is that his gimmickry in structures—the opera, the 12-step book; in his other books it's epistolary or like an oral history or whatnot—is do deft, so tightly conceived and stuck to, that it keeps everything perfectly wonderfully contained. There's all these clever little opera bits threaded through: motifs and contraltos and sly stage directions and a malfunctioning fog machine. It's like he knows his creativity is so vast and obstreperous that he has to reign it in by imposing these strictures upon himself, to keep it from bursting out in a great gush all over your face (twss).
There's just so many moments of clever meta winking at the reader, which I only realized while writing this review is one of the reasons I love him so much: he wants you to feel so smart too. Amid all the similes and sex and silliness, he gives you all these fun ways to get it, to be in on it, to play your own readerly part in how absurd and zany and fun it all is. (twss? no? whatever.)
God I love this book.
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Read information about the authorDaniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs and, most recently, the Michael J. Printz Honor-winning Why We Broke Up, a collaboration with noted illustrator Maira Kalman. He also worked with Kalman on the book Girls Standing on Lawns and Hurry Up and Wait (May 2015). Under the name Lemony Snicket he has written the best-selling books series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than 60 million copies and was the basis of a feature film. Snicket is also the creator of several picture books, including the Charlotte Zolotow Award-winning The Dark, illustrated by Jon Klassen. His newest picture book is 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy illustrated by Lisa Brown.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Handler attended Wesleyan University and returned to his hometown after graduating. He co-founded the magazine American Chickens! with illustrator Lisa Brown (with whom he soon became smitten), and they moved to New York City, where Handler eventually sold his first novel after working as a book and film critic for several newspapers. He continued to write, and he and his wife returned to San Francisco, where they now live with their son.
Handler works extensively in music, serving as the adjunct accordionist for the music group The Magnetic Fields and collaborating with composer Nathaniel Stookey on a piece commissioned and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, entitled "The Composer Is Dead", which has been performed all over the world and is now a book with CD. Other Snicket titles include the picture book 13 Words (also in collaboration with Kalman), as well as Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Biography, The Beatrice Letters, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid, and two books for Christmas: The Lump of Coal and The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: a Christmas story. His criticism has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, Chickfactor, and The Believer, where he is writing a regular column exploring the Nobel Prize in Literature titled “What The Swedes Read.” He has worked as a screenwriter on the adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events, as well as the independent films Rick and Kill The Poor.
Current projects include a commission from the Royal Shakespeare Company on a stage musical in collaboration with songwriter Stephin Merritt, and a fifth novel for adults titled We Are Pirates (Feb 2015). He is also working on the continuing Snicket series, All The Wrong Questions, of which the newest is File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. The next book in the series will be Shouldn't You Be in School? (September 2014).
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