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Two Fables

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  131 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1986 by Viking
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Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
The first fable is about a physically ugly man who saves a beautiful princess from harm and who is granted the right by the king to take any woman in the kingdom he wishes. The wise king foresees the inevitable conclusion and true love's path...

The second fable is much more sinister involving another princess and king. This princess is also beautiful but incredibly vain and uses her beauty to her own ends. When she is given the chance of taking over the throne by poisoning her father, she takes
J. Collbran
Oct 08, 2015 J. Collbran rated it liked it
Two Fables (1986) by Roald Dahl is a short book published in honor of Dahl’s seventieth birthday, comprising two new stories, illustrated by Graham Dean. The illustrations (only the frontispiece is in color) are modern and completely forgettable. The first story, “The Princess and the Poacher,” is the longer (and better) of the two. It concerns the young man Hengist, who is repulsively ugly to every woman but his mother. His one positive trait is that he is a good poacher, despite the heavy pena ...more
May 30, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
What an extraordinary writer Dahl was. With both children's fiction and adult fiction he paid not the slightest heed to political correctness and his work demonstrates not a hint of squeamishness. I wish I could be so fearless... sometimes. These stories had me glued to the page. They were over so swiftly, I could have done with a few more.
Apr 03, 2014 Licha rated it liked it
I had to wonder why this book consisted of two very short adult fables (I would not say these are for kids) but I was taken with these two clever fables. The illustrations were a perfect complement to the two tales. I only wish there had been more than just the two fables.
Shuaib Gill
Apr 17, 2016 Shuaib Gill rated it really liked it
Dahl is one of my favorite authors. Both fables are not for the faint of heart, both have good themes and it was hard for me to put this book down. I read BFG in grade 6 and have always have had great respect for Dahl.
Brittany Ingalls
Nov 23, 2014 Brittany Ingalls rated it really liked it
Captivating read, though I didn't enjoy the sexist cisgender overtones.
Eliška (Elise Jey)
Tohle bylo zvlastni. Hodne. Nejak nevim, co si o tom myslim :D.
Mar 23, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
Did what it said on the tin.
Oct 15, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it
I was surprised to find a book by Roald Dahl sitting in the science fiction section of the library, and even more surprised and sad that both fables were so short. The first is rather dirty, as a young, ugly man is given a card from the king that allows him to ravish any maiden he desires (one of Dahl's sexual fantasies?). The second is about a princess so beautiful men "...fawned and simpered. They drooled and dribbled. They crawled and toadied..."
May 11, 2016 Iri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Popravdě, tohle bylo osvěžující... A taky pěkně zneklidňující.
Erica Leigh
A couple of fairy tales, but not your typical ones. They're a little twisted, and the second one is very dark. They both have characters who both want very different things and get what they deserve in the end.
Beverly Kennett
These short stories were somewhat disturbing, mostly due to the accompanying illustrations, but I still enjoyed reading something from this author that wasn't written for children.
Feb 11, 2008 BlackTar rated it really liked it
Strange little about a lucky and very ugly man and the other about and very beautiful and unlucky girl.
Oct 06, 2010 Tori rated it liked it
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Two really dark fables... I'm not really sure it's a kids book.
Oct 25, 2010 T rated it liked it
Very quick and easy reads with the usual Roald Dahl wit.
Mar 16, 2012 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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