"Perhaps one of the less well known Dahl books; understated yet beautifully told and with just the right amount of magic. In my journey to record and review - albeit from memory - the books I grew up reading, ones such as this remind me of curling up under the duvet covers and escaping into the wonderful world of Dahl by torchlight.
I loved the magic creatures James encounters. Each has their own unique personality, and the storyline is - in true Dahl fashion - mesmerising. When the book was adapted into a film, I remember feeling disappointed in its delivery. The imagination of a grown-up director can never live up to a child's can it?
Sublime. Understated. Rightfully deserves its place on the Dahl classics bookshelf. " Laura said.
"Well this is an other imaginative yet super disturbing Roald Dahl book. And THAT, my friends, is why I love his books so much! They're absolutely loony and a little bit scary. It's like Lewis Carroll's Wonderland psychotic mess meets a calm English breakfast. Spot o' tea, chaps? I think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory andMatilda still win as my favourite Roald Dahl books, especially Matilda which totally empowers bookworms. YAY. CatCF is just a skewed crazy ride as well. BUT I LOVE IT. I DO.
SO! This is one of Dahl's more disturbing books since it starts off with a nice little boy getting looked after by his ugly, awful aunts. They abuse him and he cries and it's very Oliver Twist. SO. A weird (creepy) magic man gives James some magic seeds/beans/roots something...and then James spills them (accidentally) on a Peach tree. It grows into a massive massive peach, like the size of a house. Then James gets in, and it freaking rolls over his awful aunts and kills them dead. <-- THAT is Roald Dahl for you peoples. DEATH TO VILLAINS. (It's a little disturbing.)
The rest of the story is, as you can imagine, peachy. The sail the peach, float the peach, fly the peach, eat the peach. James meets bugs who become his friends. And theeeeen, they arrive in America and live happily ever after.
My only problem with it is just the fact that: I have no idea what the heart of the story is. Don't bully kids because someday they'll kill you with a peach? If you're sad and lonely it can be fixed by meeting other children, living in a peach pip, and being not-sad-and-lonely anymore?? So I did struggle a bit with the point.
Also: does anyone remember the '90s movie?!! I DO.
" Cait (Paper Fury) said.
"Membaca buku ini membuat gue kelaparan setengah mati.
Karena gue membayangkan buah peach kalengan raksasa, dengan warna oranye yang mengilap, tekstur buah yang lembut, air gula yang lengket, serta kadar gula yang sangat tinggi dan sanggup membunuh seekor brontosaurus karena terserang diabetes melitus secara mendadak.
Atau brontosaurusnya hidup tapi cuma boleh makan kentang rebus seumur hidup.
Tapi gapapa, karena brontosaurus cuma makan sayuran.
Tapi selama beberapa tahun kedepan, si brontosaurusnya akan jadi kurus.
Ini brontosaurus siapa yang melihara sih, hey??
Buah peach akan mengingatkan gue pada peach danish di toko kue Harvest. Ya Tuhan, keyboard gue penuh iler!! *elap-elap*
Gue suka cerita ini, walopun buat gue ngga jelas asal-usulnya kenapa Roald Dahl milih buah persik.
Karena kalo duren, bau.
Karena kalo semangka, basah.
Karena kalo belimbing... bentuknya bintang.
Karena kalo pisang, kalo kelamaan ntar kulitnya item.
Karena kalo terong.... terong??
Yeah okay, buah peach emang pilihan tepat deh.
Dan catchy. Maksud gue, coba aja bayangin ada buah peach terbang diangkut ama burung camar. Catchy banget kaaan??
Ceritanya sangat lucu. Dan selalu deh, Roald Dahl itu tokoh utamanya anak-anak yang miskin ataupun yatim piatu. Yah mungkin itu emang ciri khasnya dia.
Di cerita ini, sepertinya peach terbangnya James melewati pabrik coklat deh. Jangan-jangan punya Willy Wonka? hahaha" Farah said.
"Dahl's imagination and writing skill is masterful. He transports many of us to wonderful fun worlds of adventure and peculiarity with characters that every child would love to meet. A conjurer of great bedtime stories and memories of being young and learning to read those first books.
He must be thee most famous writer. This tale of a boy escaping two bad ladies into a world of make believe via a giant peach is full of fun and thrilling moments. His writing so well done, the vocabulary at times is more than a child could understand. I had fun reading this as I never read this story before unlike the rest of his stories. I have seen the cartoon of this. Reading it was so much better due to the precious time I shared with my son in experiencing its narrative. This was a big achievement for me to actually complete a novel(novella) with the boy instead of mostly a collection of short stories and picture books. I do hope one day he can really take up reading with an even more passion unaided, and compete with me in the amount of time spent reading.
" Lou said.
"I shouldn't be allowed to read classic children's literature. My brain simply doesn't appreciate its intended purpose - creativity, imagination, fantasy. Instead, I wonder, "What's the point here?" Sometimes, there is a point, but I think with Ronald Dahl, the focus is placed on the magic and if there happens to be a story in there somewhere in it..so be it.
I borrowed it from the library because it was on the most-commonly-banned-books-in-America shelf and I wondered how the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory could upset so many modest American readers?
I still don't know. Unless there is some upsetting symbolism that went way over my head and would be sure to go over the head of its intended audience, I don't understand how this book could offend anyone but mean, crusty old aunts who don't love and take care of their orphaned nephews.
That being said, I wish I loved this non-controversial story, but I didn't. I thought it was overly strange. Strange in a did-you-write-this-while-tripped-out-on-LCD? kind of way. Giant talking bugs. Living in a peach. Flying over the Atlantic Ocean with the help of string tied onto 501 seagulls via the giant silkworm and spider. Landing on the needle of the Empire State Building in New York. A ladybug marrying a police man (What the?). O.K then.
James was surrounded by mean, nasty aunts and now he's happy and living in a giant peach in New York City's Central Park. Wildly imaginative but famous through the ages?
To make sure it deserved its fame, I had my eight year old son read it (even though the word a** is in it twice. Why did Dahl do that?) and he liked it. He didn't love it. Not because it was strange but because like most things he reads, the characters are magical and the plot bizarre. For him, it seemed almost standard fare. When he finished, he handed it back to me and I asked, "Did you like it?" "Yeah." That's it. No buzz. No acting out parts of the story and certainly no regurgitating details from it like he does with some of his other books.
I guess we're just a bunch of fuddy-duddies around here because I found nothing extraordinary about James and the Giant Peach except it's eccentricity." Lucy said.
"I can't seem to stop reading books by Roald Dahl! :D
This time it's about a boy whose parents die so he has to live with two aunts, who are terrible people. They constantly mistreat him and keep him from meeting other children.
Just one small note here: Why are the bad people in Roald Dahl's stories always either enormously fat or very long and thin?! It's a constant throughout his stories and I wonder if there is a special reason that can be found in his life's story?!
Another note here: A boy losing his parents having to live with ghastly relatives and his name is James Henry Trotter ... am I reading too much into this?!
Anyway, one day there is sort of a miracle, making a peach on a tree in his aunts' garden grow (and to an enormous size too). Inside, James meets a lot of insects and soon they go on a trip together. Yes, this book basically is a giant road trip story.
Again, the author demonstrates his huge ability to come up with the most fantastic events, funny rhymes and songs and he invented quite some marvellous creatures in this book.
The one star I deducted, by the way, was because I didn't like (view spoiler)[that the sharks were made out to be the bad guys (hide spoiler)]" Trish said.
"I remember when this book was read to me by my fifth grade teacher during our daily story time hour. I also remember hating that teacher because he played favorites to a group of girls that bullied me. However, despite my obvious distaste for the class and its inhabitants, I largely attribute that particular teacher for reading out to me some of my most favourite children's books; this particular Roald Dahl was one of them.
In all honesty before re-reading this after some 14 years, the only part of the entire book that I remembered distinctly was the bit with the old man and the word "peculiar" repeated several times (it was the word we had to remember for a test in the class, I believe). So re-reading this was like a new experience, which was just completely exciting for me!
This was such a short, sweet and lovely little book filled with all the classic kid lit tropes, which made it utterly enjoyable and as whimsical and delicious as the peach described in the book! I highly recommend it and I can gladly say that after fourteen years it still remains a favourite." Ricquetta said.
"Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.
The only way to describe this book is "fun". Yeah, it's got whimsy and adventure and imagination and some very Dahlian deaths and the Horrible People with their Horrible Traits, but it's not got that kind of wonderful spirit that some his other books have.
Whilst I'd never say that adults should not read children's books, I personally haven't been getting the same amount of enjoyment from these books as I usually do from books that are written for kids. I think with a lot of these books it's the reputation of the author and his more successful books that holds them up.
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