Watch Your Mouth: A Novel

Paperback | February 19, 2002

byDaniel Handler

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Tolstoy wrote that happy families are alike and that each unhappy family is unhappy in a different way.In Watch Your Mouth, Daniel Handler takes "different" to a whole new level....

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Tolstoy wrote that happy families are alike and that each unhappy family is unhappy in a different way.In Watch Your Mouth, Daniel Handler takes "different" to a whole new level....

DANIEL HANDLER is the author of the novelsThe Basic Eight,Watch Your Mouthand, as Lemony Snicket, the bestselling collection of children’s novels entitled A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than sixty million copies worldwide, has been translated into thirty-nine languages and was adapted into a feature film starring J...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.55 inPublished:February 19, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006093817X

ISBN - 13:9780060938178

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Risky but Witty and Satisfying This is the best gothic incest-comedy opera novel that you will ever read. The first half of the narrative is constructed as an opera, with plot events arranged in acts and scenes, accompanied by strings and woodwinds, and the operahouse audience reader is directly addressed; Joseph spends the summer at his girlfriend’s parents’ house and discovers they have a terrible secret, which culminates in the appearance of a life-sized clay Golem and murder. The second half is set up as a twelve-step program, in which Joseph tries to recover from his summer at the Glass’s and figure out this Golem business. Watch Your Mouth is risky in form and content, but witty and satisfying.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not For First-Timers For anybody who has never read anything by Daniel Handler before, I strongly urge you to consider pressing the back button on your browser right now. Go read "Basic Eight" first, then when you fall in love with Handler's quirkiness, "Adverbs". Why, might you ask? Compared to the previously mentioned two books, "Watch Your Mouth" just falls flat. I feel like he [Handler] got a really good idea for a novel, and then just didn't know what to do with it. While I will admit that the opera-reminiscent writing style was very clever, I feel this book had a lot of uncertainty - by the author, not by the reader. For a book advertised as one about incest and golems, and especially for a novel by Handler, I feel that there could have been more of both, but instead they were hastily picked at and passed over. I'm glad I read this book last - I would not have given "Basic Eight" or "Adverbs" a chance if I had read it first.
Date published: 2010-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Think I'm in Love Daniel Handler is hilarious. Anyone who can make an opera about incest funny has to be brilliant! He's up there with Kurt Vonnegut and Chuck Palahniuk!!!
Date published: 2003-06-19