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.

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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!!

15 comments

  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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