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SOURCE: VOYA, December 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 5)
|Lamb to the Slaughter||22|
|The Sound Machine||35|
|An African Story||53|
|Dip in the Pool||129|
|The Champion of the World||144|
|Beware of the Dog||179|
|My Lady Love, My Dove||194|
Posted November 15, 2010
My son's teacher said it's the only type of story the kids will respond to. Did they react to the romantic set-up of the Beach-like Man-Glow? Or maybe it was showing your love with a big gulp of wiskey, have one yourself, good for the kidneys, even if you are pregnant. Disconnect at any bump in the road, wallow in the numbness, pretend it will just go away.
Maybe she took some practice swings as she held the meat like a club, maybe she didn't, doesn't matter, one minute she's basking, next, the father of her progeny, given the death sentence for reasons she'll never know. Make up a story, practice your lie, find an excuse so you don't have to face the consequenses of your actions, it's for the baby's sake. He made you kill him.
Nobody takes their homelife to work. Lie to the police, fool them and you fool the world, another drink anyone? Act normal after you ended a life and get ready to giggle for the joke of ignorance. I'm sure the Shock and Awe is in play here, sucker you in with the romantic opening, bash the head and end it with a giggle. I can't find any redeaming value in this story except for her puppy dog like devotion, shallow as it becomes.
I'm speaking as an adult who finds the feeling of nausea when I read such ugliness. Like facist architecture. This assults the senses, but, dear reader, what does it say to the children? I"m not worried about my kid, we can disect and define the macabre, we learn lots about beauty from the ugly. There are options all along the story. I'd rather have skipped this backpedaling avenue of education but the experts are in control for 180 days and playing the game is as macabre as it gets in todays schools, IMHO. Agree or not with my assessment of the story, can we agree that these adult themes are not for 11 year olds???
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Posted November 11, 2002
I have conflicting opinions of Roald Dahl¿s Skin and Other Stories. My first reaction was one of disappointment. I was not that impressed with the stories inside. Instead of reading because I was enjoying the stories, I read because I did not know where it was going. Even after completing many of the stories, I was thinking, "What was the point?" Some selections were more engaging, but I was still disappointed. As I read, I was creating endings in my head, many of which seemed like possible Twilight Zone plots. The stories never ended in this way. I am not saying that I disliked the book; it just left me the way I began. It did not spark connections to things I have read, seen, or experienced. Perhaps I had high expectations. Now, as I think back over the different plots and events, I realize the potential the book has. There were some very intriguing characters and events. Although I still do not understand what the point may have been, I am starting to appreciate the book as a whole more. Instead of one continuous story, the reader is presented with a snapshot of the characters¿ lives. When the story is alone, it is like looking at a picture of someone you have never heard of, and never will meet. There really is no need to look at that person¿s picture, but you study it regardless. When all the stories are together, they do not form a complete picture. It is more like a collage of the unusual. You do not gain a better understanding of any one item, but you can appreciate the whole a little more. I do not think this book was great, but I do not think it was bad either. It may have more of an appeal to someone else. I prefer a little more detail and continuity. I am familiar with some of Dahl's other books; one's that really create an imaginative world, and really pull the readers into the story. I do not consider Skin to be comparable to one of those books. This is not a book that sent my mind on a new thought path. I don¿t really have any opinions about the events of the story. Everything seemed to be almost there, but not quite enough. Overall, I just don¿t think this book measured up.
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Posted December 22, 2005
This book was absolutely awesome! All the stories were rather eerie, but in a way that it was actually funny. You can tell this collection of stories were written the one and only Roald Dahl, creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, BFG, The Twits, blah, blah, blah, etc. These stories were fun to read, filled with unexpected twists and turns and bizarre endings. This was a great book and I would definatly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2004
The title of this book is Skin, which is written by Roald Dahl.There are eleven suspenseful tales that are relly exciting. In the short story 'Lamb to the Slaughter' the main character Mary Malone kills her husband with a lamb leg and feeds the evidence to the police. One of her problems is being scared that she will be caught because she feeds the evidence to the police. The main idea is her trying to get away with murdering her husband and she does. And all of this happend was because her husband wanted a divorce.I think the book Skin is really cool and exciting because of the eleven different tales in one book because you can choose one of the ones you like best. I also like it because the stories in it are very exciting and make me want to read them!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.