Cruelty by Roald Dahl is the first in a series of books to explore human nature. It is a collection of short stories (which I did not know when I bought it). I have always loved Roald Dahl and this collection is as excellent as anything else he's written. Ten short stories with the last one being the longest and each deliciously twisted at the end. Even although I knew that there would be a twist at the end and that Dahl would be brave enough to make it breath-taking I was still taken by surprise by some of the endings.
I'm on a mission of mercy to this poor, neglected section of the forum! So many very cool children's books and so many threads with no posts on
So - I figured everyone out there MUST have read some Roald Dahl. (If you haven't, then you can confess here and we'll offer you counselling )
What's your favourite Dahl book? And which are you not so keen on?
We've been reading some lesser known ones recently, collected from the front of cereal packets, and Esio Trot was both surreal and lovely - a really sweet love story involving a shy man, his true love, a great many tortoises, and a very long metal grabber!!
Anyone out there NOT like Dahl at all?????
This collection of short stories shows the author at his worst. Superior, misogynistic, misanthropic, aristocratic and a right old bastard. How he ever got away with it I don't know. It's difficult to read them now without shivering, thinking how much I used to love his adult books (I don't recall reading any of his children's' books so I can't say how they have weathered).
I used to like Cornelius when I read the book years ago but now, it all seems so tacky.