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The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl

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This is a complete collection of the superb short stories which have appeared in Over To You, Kiss Kiss, Someone Like You, Switch Bitch and eight further stories: "The Umberella Man"; "Mr Botibol"; "Vengeance is Mine, Inc"; "The Butler"; "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life"; "The Bookseller"; "The Hitchhiker; and "The Surgeon".
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published October 29th 1992 by Penguin Books (first published 1991)
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Natalie Monroe
Oct 08, 2014 Natalie Monroe rated it really liked it
If you really think about it, Roald Dahl is one sick bastard.

He has a kid squeezed up a narrow pipe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and experiences an impromptu liposuction. He has two aunts steamrolled by a giant peach in James and the Giant Peach and left for dead. He has a husband and wife play pranks on each other, one of which leaves the other floating up into the clear blue with her arms trussed up. If it were Stephen King writing, you'd get a better sense of how twisted these situati
Steve Carpenter
Jun 30, 2007 Steve Carpenter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone with a sick sense of humor
Shelves: lightreading
By far one of my favorite collections of short stories. If you really enjoyed thinking of Roald Dahl as the sweet children's author of the BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate factory then you shouldn't pick this one up. Dahl shows his truly sick and twisted colors in these wonderfully colorful, tales- each with its own twist or cliffhanger at the end. Dark, explorative, and quite a refreshing read.
May 09, 2015 Ari rated it it was amazing
If you like stories which blend plot, humorous writing and a vein of darkness, this is the collection for you.

I may be one of the few people on the planet who picked up Roald Dahl's adult stories as a kid, before I had read any of his children's books. In hindsight, ten is maybe a bit too young to fully enjoy some of the stories. I remember finishing 'Pig' and having to really, really wonder if I had gotten the ending right, because surely the world wasn't that cruel?

Yes, yes, it is. Roald Dahl
Feb 27, 2008 *rob* rated it really liked it
wow, i mostly loved this collection. the one thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is that not all the stories are 5-star quality. in fact, there's a good stretch of stories in there about being on a greek island during war or something, through which i drudged, slept, and finally wised up and skipped. roald dahl: not just for children. in fact, i wouldn't recommend many of these stories at all for children.
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
I've always thought of Roald Dahl as a children's author. I've had this book sitting on my shelf for over a decade, and it never occurred to me to have a look at what was inside of it. Now that I've started reading short stories in between novels, a Twitter buddy suggested a story from this book: "Lamb To The Slaughter". Who knew? It's a great story, simply and smartly told, with wry humour. I think it's too early to rate this book, but I'll definitely be reading more of it.
Khenan Bragador
Sep 01, 2012 Khenan Bragador rated it it was amazing
Simply awesome! :) the Roald Dahl imagination that i loved in all of his children books added with a wicked sense of humour made these stories a great read. I believe this anthology contains all but severl of his adult short stories. from some big twists from switch bitch to stories about the war in over to you. I think my favourite stories were:
Katina - pilots in greece find an orphaned girl. I re-read this one several times while reading the collection.
The Wish - Very short story about a boys
Jun 20, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I want to marry his books. I always loved Roald Dahl's twisted writing, even his seemingly innocent children's stories. If you really go through all the stories eg. Mathilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, they are actually very gruesome, very dark and deliciously wrong. His adult stories are fantastic, I like how most of his short stories end. It doesn't give away the ending, or leave you hanging, he gently leads you to a conclusion without even spelling it out for you. Off the top of my he ...more
Joakim Ruud
Jun 23, 2011 Joakim Ruud rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. I love his children's books, but with a few exceptions these short stories are all fluff. It seems like his process is to first find some "clever" twist and then painstakingly construct a narrative so that it will end on the twist. More often than not, both the twist and its attendent narrative are cheap, uninvolved and obvious. The huge exception is the collection of stories from his time in the war. They are everything that the rest of these are not: honest, fresh and engag ...more
Bushra Jahan
Jul 15, 2013 Bushra Jahan rated it it was amazing
One of the best collection of short stories you will ever read. The stories are intriguing and will have you glued to them. Roald Dahl's stories have this amazing twists and turns in them that never cease to amaze me no matter how many times I read them. A great book to keep and enjoy anytime.
Apr 21, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To my delight, I realized quickly that I'd already read this collection in my childhood. To my even greater delight, I realized that they're even more wonderful now that I'm an adult. Roald Dahl is truly the master of the short story.
Lada Moskalets
Feb 07, 2017 Lada Moskalets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Якщо говорити про рівень дивацтва, то дорослі оповідання Дала дуже близькі до дитячих. Тільки там було балансування на межі жахів, а в цій збірці читач опиняється по той бік межі досить часто, за сніданком краще не читати. Декілька оповідань присвячені психологічному насиллю в родині і те, як дружинам, після років маніпуляцій і знущань увірвався терпець. Решта ж історій не про мораль, а про злу випадковість, яка часом обертається проти злочинця, а часом проти невинного простака. Але при цьому вс ...more
Amar Viswanathan
Thanks to 'The Strand Bookstore' in Bangalore I was able to get a hold of this wonderful collection of stories by one of the most underrated literary geniuses of the 20th century. If you have only come across "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Matilda" and his other children stories, you'd be in for a surprise. This Roald Dahl's collection is a treasure trove of stories, some of which hold a mirror into the negative extremes of a human's demented mind. The stories are as twisted and macabre a ...more
Sep 16, 2007 Indra rated it it was amazing
Selentingan entah dari mana pernah membisiki aku kalau Roald Dahl itu seorang misantrop. Entah benar apa tidak, tapi cerpen-cerpen beliau dalam antologi tebal ini bisa saja menegaskan anggapan demikian. Semua kisah memiliki plot yang 'menikung' tajam di akhir cerita, dikisahkan dengan bahasa yang santai tanpa emosi tipikal Inggris.

Cerpen yang paling mengesankan buatku, lupa judulnya, adalah tentang istri polisi yang membunuh suaminya dengan paha domba beku dan kemudian menyajikannya ke polisi-po
Absolutely brilliant - Dahls proves himself as a master of both children's and adult's fiction. I especially loved 'Lamb to the Slaughter' - I really love the way Dahl's mind worked!
Feb 26, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Liked some stories more than others, however overall a good read.
Krum Kirov
Jun 19, 2013 Krum Kirov rated it it was amazing
Twisted and breath-taking, a must-read!
Aug 13, 2007 michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every vegetarian should read the short story titled, "Pig".
Uttam Pal
May 21, 2010 Uttam Pal rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Uttam by: Sumitash Jana
Shelves: unfinished
I read only four short stories from this book."Yesterday was Beautiful" was my first random choice. The story goes as follows:

[An English RAF pilot has ejected from his plane and parachuted onto a Greek island. He sprained his ankle when he landed and he's now looking for a boat to take him back to the mainland. The village he finds is nearly deserted though. Eventually he finds an old man sitting near a drinking trough and asks him if he knows of anyone with a boat. The old man is muddled and e
Stephen Mackie
Feb 12, 2017 Stephen Mackie rated it it was amazing
These stories are famous and for good reason.

The plots are clever - arguably genius in some cases. But more than that Dahl so often conveys the world that his characters live in with a strong sense of solidity that gives the stories their emotional punch. It's not just that there's a man who bets large sums of money against people's fingers, it's that you entirely believe that this sick bastard exists. His tales often have a dream-like quality that sells you on the weirder aspects of the story.

N.J. Ramsden
OK so Dahl has a huge place in the creative minds of many of us who grew up with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or The Twits, or The BFG, or any number of his well-known and well-loved children's stories – but his adult tales are a different kettle of fish. Without going back to Dahl's children's books and re-reading them with an adult intelligence, I can't say, but I suspect they contain just as much cruelty as his adult works, framed to be palatable to a young audience. The trouble with hi ...more
Helen Haines
Oct 20, 2016 Helen Haines rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookclub
It's always fantastic to revisit Roald Dahl. Many of these I'd read when I was younger, but a true classic stands the test of time.
Jan 09, 2017 Bilwa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Dark, funny and at times hard to put down.
Oct 17, 2016 Alb85 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roald Dahl? Quello che ha scritto La Fabbrica di Ciocolato? Ma non è uno scrittore per bambini?

A quanto pare non solo. Dopo aver letto questo libro ho capito una cosa: Roald Dahl ha un vero talento nello scrivere racconti brevi di umorismo nero. Ha uno stile tutto suo. Il linguaggio che usa è elegante e semplice allo stesso tempo. Le storie che scrive crescono di suspance col passare delle pagine fino ad arrivare ad un finale che spiazza il lettore (a volte si riesce a intuire come si conclude i
Dec 12, 2016 Vicky.Demigoddess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Для мене став справжнім відкриттям "нуар" Роальда Дала. Збірка оповідань "Коняка Фокслі" просто шикарна. АЛЕ. Скільки ж пропущених літер та взагалі помилок у тексті! Таке враження, що видання робилося нашвидкоруч. Також не була задоволена перекладом. Багато русизмів, технічних помилок та слів, вжитих не в тому контексті при перекладі. При чому, це стосується не всіх оповідань. Можливо, перекладач займався Далом в різний час. Це мене дійсно бентежить, бо переклад Віктора Морозова, якого так вихва ...more
Sep 22, 2010 thom rated it really liked it
Reading all of Dahl's adult short stories in one place is quite a pleasure. It also gives one the opportunity to see common themes that run through a lot of his work. Firstly there's a sort of lazy, colonial racism that probably stems from him being a product of his time than anything more sinister. There's a certain disregard and disrespect for woman that to some degree might be dismissed on the same grounds, but actually feels a little more nasty in places.

Most of all, you get to see how much
Mar 05, 2011 aloveiz rated it liked it
When everyone said the stories in this collection were markedly well written I invented an fantastical expectation wherein Roald Dahl was a writer whose dual geniuses bifurcated him so completely that only sacrosanct ditheistic terms would be appropriate descriptors. Instead I found that these "adult" stories were constructed in the exact formula that Dahl used to craft his children's stories, except most here include elements of sex and death. Main characters still turn in to squawk-talking goo ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Shivrouwto rated it really liked it
Before I read this I only knew Roald Dahl as a children's author. I started with the expectation of a sparkly, mischievous, unpredictable read in the likes of the BFG or James and The Giant Peach. After having read "The Way Up to Heaven" and "Parson's Pleasure" I found myelf annoyed and dissapointed: The stories were sparkly but only mildly mischievous, and, as the cover proclaimed, I was "expecting the unexpected" soon enough. Somehow the surprise wears off if every short story has a twist at t ...more
Nov 09, 2012 ringoallavaniglia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prima sezione: KISS,KISS
Sono racconti deliziosi che riguardano famiglie (coppie annoiate per la maggiore) alle prese con situazioni decisamente stravaganti, che tuttavia vengono affrontate con sconcertante nonchalance! Quello che mi è piaciuto di più è "William e Mary".

Seconda sezione: OVER TO YOU
Frutto delle esperienze realmente vissute da Dahl, sono storie ambientate fra piloti di guerra;ci sono sempre elementi insoliti, ma meno sentiti, e un'amarezza di fondo dovuta all'argomento.Mi hanno int
Y. L
Oct 21, 2012 Y. L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first knew about Roald Dahl when I was read 'James and the Giant Peach' during elementary school, but had never gotten around to personally reading any of his books (I was an Enid Blyton fan instead back then). So this was my first Roald Dahl book, and it did not disappoint. This book is an omnibus of five compilations of short stories, totalling 52 short stories, each about 10~20 pages long. The first set of stories from the 'Kiss Kiss' were homicide stories that were a bit too dark for my li ...more
Jul 02, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, chills
Roald Dahl certainly had me fooled with all of his spectacular kids' books. Here I am thinking that the man had the soul of an eight-year-old, but this book of short stories has certainly set me straight. The first collection, from his book "Kiss Kiss" is the perfect group to open with as it shakes you off of your chocolate factory foundations and into the world of macabre, heart-wrenching, and hilarious twists that take up the pages that follow. Definitely worth reading, even if you only pick o ...more
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

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