Most of us have grown up on Roald Dahl’s books. I remember watching Matilda when I was in school and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will probably forever remain every child’s ultimate fantasy. So when I came across a this short story collection needless to say I was sufficiently curious. But nothing could have prepared me for the dark twisters they were.
Roald Dahl’s vicious sense of humour in full attendance in this book. The tone of darkness is set just right with The Landlady and her hapless tenants, leaving you with the right amount of anticipation. And it’s more than justified with the successive stories. Another one of my favourites would have to be Switch Bitch, a sadistic take on one man’s meat with a bitter end that will leave you strangely satisfied.
There are also tales from his time in the Air Force during the war which are frequently dry and break the mood set by the rest. They say the landscape will inspire your tale but while Dahl’s stories do capture the dry and arid Africa of his stories, it doesn’t quite have that tone and whimsy That notwithstanding, the book is full of gems of storytelling you wont regret reading over and over and over again.
I’d give this book a 5; dry African stories notwithstanding.