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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old April 30th, 2006, 11:45 Thread Starter
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Roald Dahl

A guy who started out as a writer for adults turned into one of the premier childrens writers.

But even so, I still enjoy reading his books, especially The Witches, Danny the Champion of the World and The BFG.

The illustrations Quentin Blake contributed to his novels in later editions can't be underestimated either, they gave his books additional charm.

Even though his books were written for children, many different age groups could enjoy his works too.

One of the reasons I attribute this to is he didn't sugarcoat the storylines, some aspects of The BFG are very mature. One aspect of the plot revolves around a group of bloodthirsty giants who travel to different parts of the globe in the aim to eat children. Every night they do this.

Sophie wonders why no one notices this, children disappearing, all over the world. The BFG responds that humans are killing each other, every day, people are dieing. So it's not such an odd thing, not something extraordinary.

Also, The Witches. If you look at the movie adaptation, the ending is sugar coated. It's changed from the book to give a "feel-good" climax, while the book is bitter-sweet.

Anyone else still enjoy the works of Roald Dahl?

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old April 30th, 2006, 12:46
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yeah for sure,i loved the witches + BFG in yr 4.he was one of the authors that got me into reading more.your right about all ages enjoying the books,there is somthing for everyone in them.

some of his childrens short stories are pretty warped + strange,thats what i luv about them!
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When I was 6 through 8 I went on a Roald Dahl reading spree. Off the top of my head -

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory + Glass Elevator, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Danny the Champion of the World.......and there was this other one about a family called "The [...]" - I forgot the name, but I remember it for it's humorous descriptions about them. I'm sure there are many others I've read at the time. Great memories, though.

Definitely will let my kids (if I ever get married in this life-time) read his novels

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The Twits!!!!! That's it!

Just did a google search.

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George's marvelous medicine...I read that as well...just saw it on amazon p

damn it's been that long....we're talking 1987-1988 here

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long have dogs danced over the carcasses of lions.

Don't suppose that their dancing raises them above their masters;
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The Twits!!!!! That's it!

Just did a google search.
Haha I love that book. The methods they used to get revenge on each other were very creative, eh?

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what about "the witches".

I loved his novels when i was younger.

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he is a very good writer, i like the stories he wrote for adults.
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what about "the witches".
Yeah, one of my favourites.

Interesting to note that of the main characters, often the child has had to deal with the death of a parent(s).

The Witches, both his parents are killed in a car crash.
Danny the Champion of the World, his mother is dead.
The BFG, Sophie is an orphan.

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yeah, Roald Dahl books are great.
there was this one book with many short stories, which was brilliant.
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his adult short stories are creepy, oh so good!!

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Yeah about the only books I use to read, still remember the BFG and the Twits!
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Interesting to note that of the main characters, often the child has had to deal with the death of a parent(s).
Or having stupid parents, like Matilda.

But Charlie Bucket has great parents and grandparents.

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aah Roald Dahl..what a childhood without reading his books eh? even his shorter adult stories were pretty good, like the landlady one..

how come when people mention his childrens books noone ever mentions 'Boy' and 'Going Solo'? his mini autobiography. Theye were both amazing, with his childhood in a boarding school to life at home, and then going solo, his early adulthood, life in africa and the war..
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Roald Dahl .. he was like the J.K. Rowling back in the day.

I've read most of his books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Glass Elevator, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches .. you name it.

"The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is going to be a movie, directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic).
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My all time favourite childrens book was 'danny the champions of the world' fabulous book.

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my fav 2 books : Switch Bitch and the wonderful story of henry Sugar

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oh and the BFG of course. and danny the champion of the world

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I absolutely love Roald Dahl. Definitely one of my top favorite childhood authors.
The BFG was simply excellent .. definitely not sugarcoated stuff.
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On the weekend I ripped through Matilda. Definitely one of my favourites, it's up there. It also served once more to remind me of the importance of Quentin Blake's illustrations. Here's one that somehow made a big impression on me, the title character in a state which reminds me of how I felt under sedation:


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