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Collected Stories (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – October 17, 2006
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—CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
“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
“A collection of Roald Dahl stories is always occasion for applause.”
—CHICAGO DAILY NEWS
“An ingenious imagination, a fascination with odd and ordinary detail . . . are the first strengths of Dahl’s storytelling.”
—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“[Dahl’s] stare is unblinking, and most of his tales are irritants, provocations. Fantastic as Grimm, neat as O. Henry, heartless as Saki, they stick in the mind long after subtler ones have faded: incredible (literally), unforgettable, and vengefully funny.”
—from the Introduction by Jeremy Treglown
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On to Roald Dahl. Best writer Ever. Best collection Ever. Best stories I have Ever read. Best organization of stories contained within a single volume. This book is Paper Gold. My favorite writer and my favorite book publish company smooshed into a magnificent creation that is the perfect size for the average human; hand and lap!!! Touch the hard cover. Feel it upon your cheek. Smell the pages... In the name of all that is holy!
Dahl's characters and settings are well-rounded even in short-story format, and I had no trouble being sucked right into the stories. Collected tales of war, sex, revenge and adventure (sometimes in the same story), all spiced with sarcasm, irony and more often than not, a sinister twist. Don't be surprised if you find yourself silently cheering for a character. However, by the same token don't be surprised if the character in question is subjected to a well-conceived plot twist!
I believe one of the best features is that Dahl doesn't beat you over the head with resolutions to his stories. He gives you all the details needed to predict where events will inevitably end, allowing you to formulate and imagine it yourself. In an age of spoon-fed plots in both film and literature, this is a valuable and wonderful thing indeed.
I highly recommend this book for people with a dark sense of humour, an appreciation for sarcasm and irony, and readers who prefer their characters to not be of the transparent 'cookie cutter' variety. I would rate this book higher than five stars - 10 out of 10 easily.
Writers are often advised to write about the things they know best from personal experience, but unless he was lucky enough to enjoy a far greater variety of experiences than most other people, Dahl appears to have ignored this advice. Strangely, perhaps the part of this volume that I enjoyed least was the most personal, his first collection of stories "Over to You" which was based upon his wartime experiences in the RAF. Although deeply heartfelt, these generally lacked the wit and energy of his later work.
Dahl's other collections, "Someone Like You", "Kiss Kiss" and "Switch Bitch", and the uncollected stories published here as "Eight Further Tales of the Unexpected" contain a much greater variety of subject-matter, and suggest that the author was very knowledgeable about many different subjects- wine-tasting, the game of bridge, the art world, greyhound racing and the antiques business, to name only a few. As the title of the television series suggests, a feature of many of his stories is a sudden, unexpected twist at the end, a device which has been successfully used by many other short-story writers, perhaps most famously by O. Henry.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dahl's adult short stories are simply to die for. So funny and dark. Fun for bed time stories with your best friend, roomies, or partner!Published 25 days ago by Bevina del Rey
These stories are fine but I much preffer the selection in the other Roald Dahl collection: Skin. Here it is a greater amount of stories that don't have the same kind of kick that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William James
Pleasant enough read, especially as bed stand and occasional daytime reading. Every story has a twist at the end, so you know something's coming but usually not quite what,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Neil Silver
Good collection of short stories that are fast-paced. Perfect to read just before going to sleep or to quickly pass less than an hour's time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by unknown
From hilarious to heartbreaking, Roald Dahl is a master writer. I wasn't familiar with his stories from his time as an ace pilot in WWII and so glad to "meet" this side of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by LJezard
(N. B.: The version of Roald Dahl’s COLLECTED STORIES I just read is the Everyman’s Library edition, with an Introduction by Jeremy Treglown. Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. Russell Bittner
Considering that it was a used book, the condition was not bad at all. It appeared to be very gently used.Published 23 months ago by dvidby0