- Paperback: 762 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140158073
- ISBN-13: 978-0140158076
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl Paperback – 1992
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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!
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 ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Roald Dahl was a master of short fiction. If you read anything in this gorgeous collection, read "Vengeance Is Mine, Inc. Read morePublished 5 days ago by M.K.
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 7 months 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 8 months 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 13 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 14 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 on August 9, 2014 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 on June 17, 2014 by R. Russell Bittner