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Roald Dahl

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1 mai 2000
Seven superb stories, from the world's no. 1 storyteller

Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A cleaver mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins.

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"Few modern writers have attracted such an appreciative audience among adults and children as Dahl. . . . All the tales are entrancing inventions." — Publishers Weekly --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good for any age 1 mars 2005
Par Matt Hetling - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is probably the best collection of Roald Dahl's short stories in existence.

Although he is best known for writing children's novels, Dahl was a master of the short story, and always wanted to be known for writing something above the level of children.

This book contains all the stories that combine his best elements; they are short stories, some of which have literary aspersions above his most famous novels, and yet they are accessible enough to be read by all ages.

Needless to say, they are intensely, wickedly good.

The collection contains seven stories, which range from 16 to 70 pages in length. The final two are definitely more adult oriented; _Lucky Break_ is a memoir-style account of how he went from being a poor english student to a professional writer, and _A Piece of Cake_ is his first published story, which appears to be based on his wartime experiences without necessarily being 100% accurate in its minor details. For an enthusiastic Dahl fan like myself, getting a glimpse of the man behind the curtain is exciting, and getting to know more about Dahl is a real treat.

Really, all of the stories are just fantastic, so I won't bother repeating how good each one is . But the stories are:

_The Boy Who Talked With Animals_ , which is about a young tourist boy at a beach resort who seeks to free a giant sea turtle which has been captured by the hotel management. This sounds like a children's story, but the characterization and the setting are quite adult.

_The Hitchhiker_ is an amusing tale about a british hitchhiker who reveals himself to be a fingersmith, a master classman of the pickpocketing profession. The interplay between three different levels of british society-the journalist driver, the rough cockney passenger, and a belligerent traffic cop, are very fun.

_The Mildenhall Treasure_ is an oddball story that is different because it's true (and not a firsthand experience). It tells the story of a plowman who comes across a great cache of valuable silver while plowing in the fields one day, and the way that it affects his life.

_The Swan_ is a story about childhood cruelty, in which a weak and inoffensive boy is pushed to the absolute limits of his endurance by two beebeegun-toting bullies who catch him in the woods alone. There is a surprise ending here that I've come to adore over the years.

_The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar_ is about a greedy man (Henry Sugar) who decides to apply himself to learn the powers of an indian yogi. This is a frame story around two interior stories that have the same themes, are fascinating in their own right, and which give weight to Henry's story. He finds that he can indeed learn the powers, but not without changing himself. This story ends with the type of madcap scheming that colors so many of his children's books.

I loved each one of these stories, from the time I was a preteen right through today, twenty years later. They all display Dahl's ability to find the most interesting parts of a story, and to make them even more interesting. Even better, many of these stories have something to say, which gives them some literary merit even as they entertain us.

If you like these stories, you might give his adult short story collections a try (collections I would recommend are The Umbrella Man and Skin).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Wonderful Story of HENRY SUGAR and Six More 1 février 2006
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This is a collection of short stories written by Roald Dahl.

The first story is The Boy who talked with animals. This story is about an old turtle that gets caught by a bunch of fishermen. They are about to drag the turtle up the beach when a boy comes running down the beach and hugs the ferocious turtle. He appears to be talking to him. The father of the boy buys the turtle, and the turtle swims away, but the next morning the kid is gone.

The second story is called The Hitchhiker. It is about a man who hitchhikes in a guy's car. The man steals the mans shoelace, his belt, and his wallet without the mans knowing. He gives them back though. He is very quick with his hands and he can take anything he wants without people knowing.

The next story is The Swan. It is about a boy who gets bullied and the bullying kids shoot a swan. They cut off the swan's wings and tie them to the boy's arms. They force him to climb a tree, and forced him to jump, and try to "fly." In a miracle the boy flies back to his house, and to safety.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is about a man named Henry who reads a book that tells you how to see without your eyes. Henry practices this for years until he has mastered it. Henry goes to a casino and he can see through the cards. Henry starts going to different casinos and sending his winnings to orphanages.

Lucky Break is about how he became a writer. He was in the war with Germany and after the war, a writer wanted to write about him in the paper. He wrote out a little story about him in the war and sent it to the writer, and the writer loved it. He published it under Roald's name.

A Piece of Cake is that first story that Roald wrote. It is about him crashing, and having all of these weird dreams that he can't stop running, and that he is drowning.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, a review by Purna Shah 10 décembre 1997
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Lookin for a good book while browsing through the bookstore? Pick up this. I know that you'll read one sentence and then you'll be hooked on it through the entire two hundred something pages. It is a Dahl masterpiece. Dahl is my favorite writer of all time, but this is his best. Dahl is a unboring classical writer, even though he hasn't been elected as one.

I have read all of his books and short stories (except for the out of print ones) and they are the best. Even his adult ones I've read. But this, as I said, is the best. It is my prized posession. The only problem is that my copy is not a hardcover. Seven stories, with the style of a writer who has been wishing at a genie to be the best writer ever. The stories are: THE BOY WHO TALKED WITH ANIMALS, THE HITCHHIKER, THE SWAN, THE MILDENHALL TREASURE, THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR, LUCKY BREAK: HOW I BECAME A WRITER, and A PIECE OF CAKE. You must buy a copy of this!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 WOW! 1 mars 2000
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Let me start off with my story: I hate book reports. I had 1 minute to find a book for a report in my school library. I grabbed the nearest book & checked it out w/o even looking at it until 3 periods later. "oh,yes this looks really interesting!" I thought sarcastically. However, 2 weeks later when I was finished, I decided that that had been the best book I had read in quite awhile. Here it is, in recap: THE BOY WHO TALKED WITH ANIMALS-A restless but animal-loving boy who saves a giant turtle. THE HITCHHIKER-A pickpocket gets a ride from a nameless man. The pickpocket saves their hides when the police find them speeding. THE MILDENHALL TREASURE-A great treasure is found by a farmer. It's worth a fortune, but he doesn't turn it in so he gets nothing. THE SWAN-Two nasty little boys try to kill some small birds when they find classmate of theirs to injure instead. A bit violent. WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR-How a millionaire makes even more by seeing w/o his eyes. He literally throws his money out a window.A must. LUCKY BREAK-How Roald Dahl became a writer A PIECE OF CAKE-Roald Dahl's first story. About his life as a pilot in war.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly Recommended 2 mai 2006
Par Dottie Randazzo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Every single person must read The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. The story is a clever mix of fact and fiction. The other stories in the book are okay. Not my cup of tea... but could be yours. Story of Henry sugar is well written, you can't put it down. A must read for everyone of all ages. Truly one of the great ones.
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