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Collected Stories

By Roald Dahl

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| Hardcover | 9780307264909

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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 Charli Continue

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.

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  • 2 people find this helpful

    The overall impression is very good, but the stories are a bit hit-and-miss. Some collections are way weaker than others (as it's to be expected). The first half of the book is much better than the rest.

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    fiorediloto said on Jul 15, 2012 | Add your feedback

  • 3 people find this helpful

    Short gothic stories for fun, Dahl is a master of writing, he entertain making you wish it never ends.

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    Sara said on Jun 29, 2010 | 1 feedback

  • 3 people find this helpful

    A brilliant writer. Every story is a gem!

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    Mbrizz said on Dec 30, 2009 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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    • 5 stars
  • English Books
  • Hardcover 888 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0307264904
  • ISBN-13: 9780307264909
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Publish date: 2007-04-21
  • Dimensions: 296 mm x 851 mm x 1,373 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , eBook
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