The Best of Roald Dahl

Author Roald Dahl
This collection brings together Dahl's finest work, illustrating his genius for the horrific and grotesque which is unparalleled.

"Dahl has the mastery of plot and characters possessed by great writers of the past, along with a wildness and wryness of his own. One of his trademarks is writing beautifully about the ugly, even the horrible."--The Los Angeles Times

"An ingenious imagination, a fascination with odd and ordinary detail, and a lust for its thorough exploitation are the...strengths of Dahl's storytelling."--The New York Times Book Review

Stories include:

Madame Rosette
Man from the South
The Sound Machine
Taste
Dip in the Pool
Skin
Edward the Conqueror
Lamb to the Slaughter
Galloping Foxley
The Way Up to Heaven
Parson's Pleasure
The Landlady
William and Mary
Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat
Royal Jelly
Georgy Porgy
Genesis and Catastrophe
Pig
The Visitor
Claud's Dog
The Great Switcheroo
The Boy Who Talked with Animals
The Hitchhiker
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
The Bookseller
Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to "a wonderful faraway place." In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939, he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died, children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years. View titles by Roald Dahl
"Dahl has the mastery of plot and characters possessed by great writers of the past, along with a wildness and wryness of his own. One of his trademarks is writing beautifully about the ugly, even the horrible." —Los Angeles Times

"An ingenious imagination, a fascination with odd and ordinary detail, and a lust for its thorough exploitation are the ... strengths of Dahl's storytelling." —The New York Times Book Review

"The mind of Roald Dahl is quintessentially nasty and wicked." —The Washington Post

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This collection brings together Dahl's finest work, illustrating his genius for the horrific and grotesque which is unparalleled.

"Dahl has the mastery of plot and characters possessed by great writers of the past, along with a wildness and wryness of his own. One of his trademarks is writing beautifully about the ugly, even the horrible."--The Los Angeles Times

"An ingenious imagination, a fascination with odd and ordinary detail, and a lust for its thorough exploitation are the...strengths of Dahl's storytelling."--The New York Times Book Review

Stories include:

Madame Rosette
Man from the South
The Sound Machine
Taste
Dip in the Pool
Skin
Edward the Conqueror
Lamb to the Slaughter
Galloping Foxley
The Way Up to Heaven
Parson's Pleasure
The Landlady
William and Mary
Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat
Royal Jelly
Georgy Porgy
Genesis and Catastrophe
Pig
The Visitor
Claud's Dog
The Great Switcheroo
The Boy Who Talked with Animals
The Hitchhiker
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
The Bookseller

Author

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to "a wonderful faraway place." In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939, he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died, children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years. View titles by Roald Dahl

Praise

"Dahl has the mastery of plot and characters possessed by great writers of the past, along with a wildness and wryness of his own. One of his trademarks is writing beautifully about the ugly, even the horrible." —Los Angeles Times

"An ingenious imagination, a fascination with odd and ordinary detail, and a lust for its thorough exploitation are the ... strengths of Dahl's storytelling." —The New York Times Book Review

"The mind of Roald Dahl is quintessentially nasty and wicked." —The Washington Post

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