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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Hardcover – September 11, 2001
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Dahl story's are written to be enjoyed, to be provocative, to bypass adults and speak directly to children's psyches, and they certainly are birthed from a wellspring of imagination that is entirely unique in the world of children's literature. But few among his legions of fans will have read this collection of short stories originally published in 1977. These are complex, compelling, and complicated stories for more mature listeners. Mature not in an age-related sense, but in literary way; Dahl rewards patient and attuned listeners with stories that illuminate the meanness of children, the tenderness of a mother, or the greed of a character like Henry Sugar. The narration in this audio recording is spot on and superb. Andrew Scott's British lilt provides an intimate listening experience, as if we are all huddled together around a flashlight, long past our bedtimes, hanging on every word.—Meg B. Allison, Moretown School, Moretown, VT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Few modern writers have attracted such an appreciative audience among adults and children as Dahl. . . . All the tales are entrancing inventions." — Publishers Weekly
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Below are some general guidelines to reading this book:
1) If you don't have a sense of humor, do not expect this book to wow you. This is very much high-brow humor, so if your favorite show is Family Guy or the like, you will be disappointed. The humor in Dahl's short stories is found hidden behind the psyche of the characters involved. Whether in the devilish grin of the hitchhiker as the policeman walks up to the car, or in the mysterious man who watches as the lighter is flicked again and again, to gain a true understanding of the characters, you must read what Dahl does not write, but only implies in his description of his inventions.
2) If you have lost your child-like wonder of the world, you may not GET these stories. Dahl himself said that we must rigidly grasp our child-like wonder before it is gone, and I am a firm believer in this. That said, if you loved Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) and have not yet experienced Dahl, BUY THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY. You will fall in love, and your children eventually will too.
Parents - you may or may not want your kids to read this book...I won't spoil any plot lines for you but the themes are sometimes adult, but rarely inappropriate.
Adults - buy this book, set aside an afternoon without your cellphone or laptop, and relish in the fantastical, but very real worlds that Dahl creates.
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I don't really think I "loved" any of the stories in this...Read more