Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Two Fables” as Want to Read:
Two Fables
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Two Fables

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  131 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 1986 by Viking
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Two Fables, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Two Fables

Matilda by Roald DahlCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlThe BFG by Roald DahlThe Witches by Roald DahlJames and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
30th out of 33 books — 150 voters
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald DahlDanny the Champion of the World by Roald DahlThe BFG by Roald DahlCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlRevolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Best of Roald Dahl
65th out of 104 books — 4 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 294)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
...more
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
Judy
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.
Licha
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)
2.75*
Tohle bylo zvlastni. Hodne. Nejak nevim, co si o tom myslim :D.
Josh
Mar 23, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
Did what it said on the tin.
Laura
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..."
Iri
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.
BlackTar
Feb 11, 2008 BlackTar rated it really liked it
Strange little fables...one about a lucky and very ugly man and the other about and very beautiful and unlucky girl.
Tori
Oct 06, 2010 Tori rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Two really dark fables... I'm not really sure it's a kids book.
T
Oct 25, 2010 T rated it liked it
Very quick and easy reads with the usual Roald Dahl wit.
Adam
Mar 16, 2012 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unnecessary.
Lavinia Sallis
Lavinia Sallis marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2016
Fainche Coffey
Fainche Coffey marked it as to-read
Jul 15, 2016
Claire
Claire rated it really liked it
Jul 14, 2016
Rob
Rob marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2016
Jessica
Jessica marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2016
Tigre Fuego
Tigre Fuego marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2016
Anna
Anna added it
Jun 22, 2016
Emma
Emma marked it as to-read
Jun 19, 2016
Emma
Emma rated it liked it
Jun 17, 2016
val
val marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2016
Ghan75
Ghan75 marked it as to-read
Jun 13, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • It's Heaven to Be Seven
  • The Tiger Who Would Be King
  • Soonchild
  • The Worst Princess
  • Wild Robert
  • Waterloo & Trafalgar
  • The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
  • Song for a Scarlet Runner
  • The Goblin and the Empty Chair
  • Lovable Lyle
  • The Day The Saucers Came
  • Goldilocks and Just One Bear
  • Pinocchio
  • A Graphic Cosmogony
  • A Bus Called Heaven
  • The Wishbird
  • The Tomten and the Fox
4273
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
...more
More about Roald Dahl...

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »