The Best of Roald Dahl

by Roald Dahl | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780679729914 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 5/16/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, May 16, 2022
I got this softcover at a local thrift shop, for another release copy.

Most people have probably encountered some of Dahl's tales either in anthologies or via the TV episodes based on them. Old favorites such as "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "Man from the South" are here, along with "Taste" (my first Dahl story, I think) and "Royal Jelly," and many more. And there are some stories here that I had not found anywhere else, such as "The Visitor," which is a lovely Don-Juan-gets-his-comeuppance tale framed in the form of a lengthy personal diary.

Most of Dahl's stories are more than adequately chilling without making use of any supernatural elements. Here, some of the most disturbing tales are the short sections of "Claud's Dog", especially "Rummins" [this one felt Faulkner-esque to me - or is it that my favorite Faulkner reads like Dahl?].

If you like twisted tales with touches of horror and grim humor, you must read Dahl.

[There's a TV Tropes page on Dahl and his work, with some references to tales in this collection.]

Released 1 mo ago (5/17/2022 UTC) at Old Sandown Depot Railroad Museum in Sandown, New Hampshire USA


I left this book, bagged against the elements, on a baggage cart outside the historic railroad depot; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

** Released for the 52 Towns in 52 Weeks challenge. **

** Released for the TV Series challenge. **

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