Collected Stories

Collected Stories

Book - 2006
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The only hardcover edition of Roald Dahl's stories for adults, the Collected Stories amply showcases his singular gifts as a fabulist and a born storyteller.

Later known for his immortal children's books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, Dahl also had a genius for adult short fiction, which he wrote throughout his life. Whether fictionalizing his dramatic exploits as a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II or concocting the ingeniously plotted fables that were dramatized on television as Tales of the Unexpected , Dahl was brilliant at provoking in his readers the overwhelming desire to know what happens next--and at satisfying that desire in ways that feel both surprising and inevitable.

Filled with devilish plot twists, his tales display a tantalizing blend of macabre humor and the absurdly grotesque. From "The Landlady," about an unusual boardinghouse that features a small but very permanent clientele, to "Pig," a brutally funny look at vegetarianism, to "Man from the South," in which a fanatical gambler does his betting with hammer, nails, and a butcher's knife, Dahl's creations amuse and shock us in equal measure, gleefully reminding us of what might lurk beneath the surface of the ordinary.
Uniform Title: Short stories
Alternative Title: Roald Dahl collected stories
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
ISBN: 9780307264909
0307264904
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xxxvii, 850 p. ; 21 cm.

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CraigSeasholes
Nov 16, 2010

Royal Jelly, in this collection, is an unforgettable tale.

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allrustyjames
Feb 17, 2010

Awesome stories by a master story teller.

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