I finished a book

Please stand up and applaud. I managed to finish a book the other day. It was short and something completely different to what I normally read, but I enjoyed it a lot and it got me out of my slump, which lasted for most of October and November.


I have never read anything by Roald Dahl! I know some of the stories that were turned into movies but that’s it. So I really didn’t know what to expect. I wouldn’t even have picked it up, but it was given to me by a colleague at work so I wanted to give it a chance.

It’s pretty morbid and sometimes funny and/or dark. Reminds me of Poe’s short stories in some ways. They all have open endings & leave it up to us to figure out what happens. They have shocking twists & turns and lots of the narrators are off with the fairies, even though we don’t know immediately. In some cases the narrators are the sane ones dealing with the insane.

I loved the story about the woman who thought a stray cat she found was the reincarnation of a famous composer. That was hilarious! Same as with the poor boy who was raised a vegetarian & is passionate about food. He leaves his sheltered life and goes off to the big city where he accidentally tastes meat for the first time and it changes his life.

I liked the story about the guy who is ripping poor farmers off & buying their valuable furniture for pennies in order to resell them for loads of money. Karma comes back for him & it’s extremely funny!

There are lots of gems in this collection!

If you want some quirky & twisty short stories, pick this book!!


  1. As Anne above noted, make sure you don’t expect the same things from his childrens and adult books. The dark humor is a thread in his kids books, but just a thread while you’ve noted what it is like in his adult stuff. I prefer his kids stuff actually. Matilda is a good place to start as it deals with a little girl who loves books! 😀

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  2. This sounds great (and I’m glad you broke your slump!). I have a book of Roald Dahl stories somewhere on my shelf — Ghost Stories, I think. I’ve been meaning to get to it forever! I’ve only ever read his children’s books.


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