The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and Six More

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Knopf, 1977 - Children's stories, English. - 225 pages
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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More is a collection of seven short stories. In the title story a man gets his wish -- to be able to see through solid surfaces -- and must decide if he should use his power for good or for personal gain. Other memorable characters from this anthology include a boy who can talk to animals, a cunning hitchhiker with an odd talent, and a man who finds a fabulous fortune but loses a golden opportunity.

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Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

User Review  - Jen Pritchard - Goodreads

'The Swan' was too hard for me to read on account of the content matter, but the rest of the stories (aside from the first one which I felt a tad boring) were good reads. It was interesting to learn how Roald Dahl began his writing career and I certainly don't envy him his school days!! Read full review

Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

User Review  - Goodreads

'The Swan' was too hard for me to read on account of the content matter, but the rest of the stories (aside from the first one which I felt a tad boring) were good reads. It was interesting to learn how Roald Dahl began his writing career and I certainly don't envy him his school days!! Read full review

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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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