The Roald Dahl omnibus

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Dorset Press, Jun 1, 1987 - Fiction - 682 pages
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A primer for good short storytelling. - Goodreads
What I learned was that Roald Dahl is a great writer. - Goodreads
Dahl's control of character and pacing is incredible. - Goodreads
Revisiting a favorite writer. - Goodreads
... he can spin a mean yarn for the grown folks too - Goodreads
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Who doesn't love Roald Dahl? There are some seriously great short stories that range from the odd twist to the down right zany story. This has been a great book to read over the holiday break!

Review: The Roald Dahl Omnibus: Perfect Bedtime Stories for Sleepless Nights

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I hadn't read most of these, and I loved them all. Read full review

Contents

From Someone Like
3
LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER
23
MAN FROM THE SOUTH
38
Copyright

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About the author (1987)

Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946). Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details. Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

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