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The Umbrella Man and Other Stories (Anglais) Broché – 19 janvier 2004


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Is it really possible to invent a machine that does the job of a writer? What is it about the landlady's house that makes it so hard for her guests to leave? Does Sir Basil Turton value most his wife or one of his priceless sculptures? These compelling tales are a perfect introduction to the adult writing of a storytelling genius.

Biographie de l'auteur

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com



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Né en 1916 au pays de Galles, Roald Dahl a passé son enfance en Angleterre. Il arrête vite ses études pour voyager et travaille en Afrique pour la compagnie Shell, avant de s'engager dans la Royal Air Force en 1939. Blessé puis rapatrié en Angleterre, Dahl est ensuite attaché d'ambassade aux États-Unis. Dès 1942, il écrit nouvelles et romans pour adultes et se lance dans la littérature de jeunesse en 1961, d'abord pour ses propres enfants. Il enchaîne alors les succès, illustrés par Quentin Blake : James et la grosse pêche, Charlie et la chocolaterie, Mathilda... Dahl voulait éveiller la curiosité, l'imagination et l'amour des livres chez ses jeunes lecteurs ; son œuvre est aujourd'hui mondialement reconnue et trouve sans cesse de nouveaux publics. Roald Dahl est mort en 1990.

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For Adults Too 2 octobre 2000
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I'm 23 and I read this book at the advice of my 12-year-old brother. It was really great! Dahl's stories are orinal, witty, and strange enough to make things really interesting. Dahl lays out his stories in a way to make you feel that you are reading a sort of twisted fairy tale, using surreal language and situations. It is really unlike anything I have ever read before and it is sure to spark your imagination whether you are young or old.
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Umbrella Man 29 mars 2003
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I am a huge Roald Dahl fan, so naturally I am a bit biased. I love this compilation of short stories, and I constantly reread my favorites, which include Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat, The Butler, Man from the South, The Landlady, The Umbrella Man, The Way Up to Heaven, Royal Jelly, Taste, and Neck. If you like Roald Dahl's stories as much as I do, I recommend Dahl's Omnibus, which compiles most, if not all of his short works.
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Very Witty... 6 juillet 2000
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This book is for any Dahl lover. These are his writings before he was a children's author. Some of the stories are very funny, while one made me very sad. My favorite was about a man who will trade his pinky for a car. They relate to humans nowadays. They are very different from his children's works. This book can be read by all ages, so pick it up now.
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Classic Dahl Wisdom 13 juin 1998
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Evidently, this book (probably because it is written by Roald Dahl, creator of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory) is going to be interpreted as being for children. But the collection of stories within is truly an adult piece of fiction. Splendidly written, each story gives some insight into human nature, or perhaps into ourselves. While reading this, we must look inside ourselves, inside how the book makes us feel, and what how we feel shows about ourself. A must-read for people of all ages. (P.S.: If you're an avid Dahl lover like me, you might've seen some of these stories already. That's all right--you're bound not to have seen all, or even most of them.)
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Awesome 26 septembre 2005
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Simply an amazing book. Roald Dahl does have quite the reputation for creating children's books, but this is no child's book. Each story is so brilliant that you would think there were several decades of planning put into each one. A few will leave you frightened, some will leave you gasping, some might leave you roaring with laughter, and others will have you feeling sad.

But I assure you, no matter what feeling these stories leave you with, each and every one will be accompanied by satisfaction.

Roald Dahl was a saint when it came to children's books, but if you haven't read any of his Young-Adult (I like to call them) classics, then you have no idea what true literature is. I also recommend some of his other non-children's books, such as, one of my favourites: Going Solo.
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