The Best of Roald Dahl

The Best of Roald Dahl

by Roald Dahl


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679729914
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1990
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 366,527
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.89(d)

About the 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.

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

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The Best of Roald Dahl 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ColleenBland More than 1 year ago
A roommate of mine in college gave this to me for a gift because I am such a fan of Roald Dahl's children's stories. I actually read the pages out of this book and had to replace it! I now work in a bookstore and have twice placed this on the staff reccomendations shelf and sold out every time. Customers always come back and tell me how surprised and entertained they were by this. The stories are long enough to captivate an adult audience, while short enough to feel as though you were listening to a long winded joke and the punch line made tears roll down your cheeks. The stories are fantastic again and again. Dahl's wit and wicked sense of humor teach you secrets about the human mind with characterizations reminiscent of Dorothy Parker. This will leave you wanting more; the best quality a true author can offer.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recall listening to every word my English teacher read from his books when I was at school but never got back into his books until I completed all of Douglas Adams' fine novels. I started reading Terry Pratchet and realised that I had not read any Dahl since school days. I came across this book and can only rave about how good this book is.Short storieses are abundant and endings that leave you guessing and giggling. I certainly will be purchasing all his short stories in the near future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dahl is probably most famous as a popular children's writer, and has a wonderful style of his own. However, he is also brilliant at writing short stories on a more adult level, and has a mean imagination. Although his interest is sometimes dark and off-colour, his stories are unquestionably spellbounding. This is a collection of his best short stories, each making a delightful 5-10 minutes read. It exhibits Dahl's superb skill as one of the best entertaining story-tellers in the late 20th century. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If O. Henry and Stephen King collaborated on a book of short stories, this book is what you might get. Truly creepy and wonderful stories.