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The Best of Roald Dahl Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 58 user ratings
ISBN:0679729917
LANGUAGE:English

" I read several of the stories in this book because a woman in my CR book club chose the stories for her book group (as well as a Bradbury story read by Leonard Nimoy (The Veldt), a Kenyon College commencement speech by David Foster Wallace, and the short story "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut). I did not much care for the stories--the tone of them is not something I liked. I have not read this author's children's books. " said.

" Roald Dahl's short stories in this book are all very dark and strange, and the tone of them reminded me of Vladimir Nabokov (which in my world is some of the highest praise). Not all of the stories are as interesting as the others, but they are all well written, and most of them stuck in my head (forcing me to ruin almost every short story for Parker when we were on a long car ride together. Oops). " said.

"It is often said about an author or a book that 'you either love it or hate it'. This was it for me while reading this - not about the book as whole, but rather for each individual short story. I either found it amazing and loved the black humour. (4 stars) Or I was totally disinterested in the characters and the story and found myself in the 'compulsory school reading mode' of wishing it to was already over. (2 stars) What I found unfortunate was that the 'bad' stories were at the beginning and the end of the book - so I almost left it unfinished in the first place, and then got disappointed in the end.." said.

"This easily has to be one of the best collection of short stories. Oh what a master Roald Dahl is in weaving short tales that creep all over you. In this collection, there are stories that worked for me best and some I found 'meh'. But the 'meh' was a totally relative form of expression. They're still very good in many terms.

It is a easy read but this has to be one of those books that took me a long time to complete. They had to be devoured slowly. When you start each tale, you know that you expect a twist at the end and when you reach the end, you're blown away nevertheless.

The below tales worked the best for me:
Man from south
The Sound Machine
Skin
Pig (This has to be the winner here)
The Landlady
Lamb to the Slaughter
Royal Jelly
The Visitor

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" funny and provocative. great book for walking a slow dog. " said.

" I' m not sure what to think about Mr Dahl. He' s a mystery to me. Mystery is good - I think. " said.

" The perfect book for the Roald Dahl fan, but best for sipping rather than gulping. " said.

" I have loved Roald Dahl since childhood (Matilda! The Witches!) and I love introducing his short adult fiction to my students. "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Landlady" are some of my favorites for irony. " said.

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