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The author of the book: Roald Dahl
Edition: Penguin Books in association with Michael Joseph
Date of issue: 1970
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Finally, a short-story collection by Dahl that didn't send me running for the hills
To put this into context, I've already read The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More & Switch Bitch and both were disturbing and misogynistic. Kiss Kiss was marginally better. Without further ado, here is Dahl's most macabre collection of short stories:
The Landlady - A young man excitedly moves to a new city for his job. He finds a lovely little bed and breakfast run by a dotty old woman who dabbles in taxidermy. I'm sure you can surmise what happened next. Sometimes it is worth it to spend the extra quid.
William and Mary - Mary spent her entire married life belittled and bullied by her husband. Every purchase was scrutinized and every decision (even to turn on the telly) was questioned. Her husband, on his deathbed, makes a rash decision and unfortunately lives to regret it.
The Way Up to Heaven - In a somewhat similar vein to the previous novel, Mr. Foster delighted in antagonizing his wife. He deliberately made her late to every single occasion - knowing how stressed and upset she would become - simply because he liked to watch her squirm. Let's just say that he will no be bothering his poor wife again.
Parson's Pleasure - Mr. Boggis does what any self-respecting antique dealer does - he dresses up as a parson to swindle poor farmers out of their ancient and expensive furniture. He has it down to an absolute art. This terrible fellow is about to get the shock of a lifetime.
Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat - Found the misogynistic one. Mrs. Bixby is one of many American females who have found a way to cheat the system by taking advantage of poor men - they marry, divorce and live on the alimony. Robbing these men of the livelihoods and youth. Sigh. Anyway, there's a mink coat involved and some rather dubious behavior on both sides of this marriage.
Royal Jelly - Found the disturbing one. New parents Albert and Mabel worry over their little one. She hasn't eaten nearly enough and her little ribs are sticking out. Well, Mabel worries and Albert blusters and bumbles about - talking over and around her worries constantly. He eventually 'solves' the problem but this leaves Mable absolutely horrified.
Georgy Porgy - Georgy always loved his mother. A freak accident involving cannibalistic rabbits and a catastrophic car accident left Georgy with one very dead mother and one very large fear of women. So, he becomes a man of God only to discover that all the lascivious and horny women follow him everywhere. At one point, he pitted sex-starved male rats and female rats against each other.
Genesis and Catastrophe: A True Story - Baby Hitler, anyone? Literally, just a snippet of Hitler's mom/dad and his birth. Marginally confused to the point of this one...
Edward the Conqueror - Louisa found a stray cat who had a very peculiar reaction to music. Upon a bit of testing, she starts to believe that this cat contained to reincarnated soul of one of her favorite musicians, Liszet. Louisa's husband, Edward, finds this absolutely ridiculous and constantly berates his wife. All it took was one late meal, one meal in which Louisa is happily cooking up a treat for the cat rather than her husband, for Edward to absolutely snap.
Pig - A boy tragically loses his parents and is raised by his Aunt Glosspan, who despite being eccentric, loves this child with all her heart. The boy quickly excels under her homeschooling and rises with particular gusto under her cooking tutelage. A firm animal lover, Aunt Glosspan raises both of them to be vegetarian. Upon her death, the boy sets off to see the world and learns of long pork.
The Champion of the World - This is an earlier version of Danny the Champion of the World, which I adore. In this version, we have a mechanic and his poaching friend. While we still have the same main plot outlined, the Danny version is so, so much better.
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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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