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Book Title: Lamb to the Slaughter and Other Stories|
ISBN 13: 9780146000553
The author of the book: Roald Dahl
Date of issue: September 1st 1995
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Roald Dahl is one of the most sardonic of short story writers. This little volume, with just five of his best stories, makes for a fast, but exceedingly high quality read. I should warn you that you had best be prepared for a near-lethal dosage of snark. The best and longest of the five, "Parson's Pleasure," is the classic example of a greedy antique dealer hoist on his own petard.
I did not care that much or "A Piece of Cake," about a World War II bomber crash injury, but the final three stories are gems. "Lamb to the Slaughter," the title story, was made into a 30-minute film by Alfred Hitchcock that was one of his best. "The Bookseller" is a brilliant tale of graft, and "The Butler" shows us the danger of trying to be nouveau riche without knowing what you are doing.
Lamb to the Slaughter and Other Stories is a good introduction to Dahl. Overall, I think it is better to read a selection of his stories than the complete stories -- not all of which were to the same high standard.
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Read information about the authorRoald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.
Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake. The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for $900, and propelled him into a career as a writer. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.
His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.
He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You; in 1959, for the story "The Landlady"; and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on "Skin".
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