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Het wonderlijke verhaal van Hendrik Meier

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  12,167 ratings  ·  586 reviews
Meet the boy who can talk to animals, the man who can see with his eyes closed, and find out about the treasure buried deep underground on Thistley Green. Here are seven superb stories, full of Roald Dahl’s usual magic, mystery, and suspense.
Hardcover, Druk 4, 203 pages
Published 1978 by Fontein (first published 1977)
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Jennifer
Didn't everyone try to learn to see through things using the flame trick like Henry Sugar?
Rich Wong
Re-reading one of my all time favorite books or more accurately short stories by Road Dahl. While the story of Henry Sugar is far less known than James and the Giant Peach or Charile and the Chocolate Factory ... as much as I loved those stories growing up, its Henry Sugar that stuck with me the most. And despite having first read this over 30+ years ago, enjoy it just as much as an adult. Highly recommended
Hilda
Roald Dahl's books always have wonderful effect on me.

When I read The Witches, I thanked God I didn't meet any witch as a child.
When I read Matilda, I think she's the brightest girl ever.
When I read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, I believe that there is a very big and magical chocolate factory somewhere in this world.
When I read the Magic Finger, suddenly I have some hatred to these animal hunters.
When I read Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator, I wish that I can go to space hotel as well.
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Michael Fogleman
Re-read the main story but I read all of them as a kid. Was poking through the others and found this gem, from Lucky Break:

"Here are some of the qualities you should possess or should try to acquire if you wish to be fiction writer:

1. You should have a lively imagination.
2. You should be able to write well. By that I mean you should be able to make a scene come alive in the reader's mind. Not everybody has this ability. It is a gift, and you either have it or you don't.
3. You must have stamina.
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Earline
I'm not usually interested in non-fiction, even Roald Dahl admits he isn't either, but his three non-fiction short stories collected in this book will blow you away.

Out of the seven stories in this book, my favorites would have to be:

"The Hitchhiker" - Loved the ending! did not see it coming! Also the Tales of the Unexpected episode based on this story rawks! Check it out.

"The Mildenhall Treasure" - true story about the two ordinary men who found one of the biggest collections of Roman silver in
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Rachelle
After falling in love with Dahl (via Matilda), I read this fantastic collection of short stories. A couple are actually written for adults but were tame enough to transfer well to a younger audience. The tales had such a profound effect on me that I remember them clearly to this day (despite not having read this collection since the umpteenth time when I was in my teens), and I still think fondly about one of them in particular on a regular basis. If I were to be trapped on a desert island with ...more
Anna  Matsuyama
Seven short stories:
1. The Boy Who Talked with Animals
2. The Hitch-hiker
3. The Mildenhall Treasure nonfiction
4. The Swan
5. The Wonderful Story of Henry
6. Lucky Break nonfiction
7. A Piece of Cake nonfiction

This collection is being labeled by the publisher as teenage fiction which in my opinion it's not. Anyway, grown ups should read this collection too, especially these who only knows Dahl by his children books.

Cristine
This is one of my favorite books for kids. I remember my Mom reading it to us as kids during our Cape Cod vacation. I read it with Hope, Gracie and Henry (he loves the name of the book). It is a great story about how people can change & has a metaphysical bent. Read it aloud to a kid.
Lara Messersmith-Glavin
Roald Dahl is one of my heroes. I can't imagine what my internal childscape would have been like without the company of his characters. His work walks a deliciously fine line with the frightening - funny, magical worlds filled with enough perverse imagination to bring out the darkness in wonder. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory always frightened me a little, as did James and the Giant Peach. Something about the uncontrollable and occasionally violent craziness of the former, and the horror of ...more
PurplyCookie
If you could see with your eyes closed, how would you use your power? That’s what Henry has to decide in one of the seven stories in this extraordinary collection.

"The Boy Who Talked With Animals" >> Is about a young tourist boy at a beach resort who seeks to free a giant sea turtle which has been captured by the hotel management. This sounds like a children's story, but the characterization and the setting are quite adult.

"The Hitchhiker" >> Is an amusing tale about a British hitch
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Maria
Remembering the joy of reading Road Dahl as a child, I felt very excited when I received ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, And Six More’ as a birthday present. I read this book eagerly and was not disappointed. With seven short stories to capture the reader; including fiction and non-fiction, Roald Dahl once again writes with imagination, wit and intelligence. His use of description throughout these stories is spot on, enabling the reader to conjure some fantastic images. From a boy who can t ...more
Julie
I was really torn about giving this 3 or 4 stars. I loved two of the stories especially, but the others were a little more average. The whole collection really wasn't what I expected, after my many years of reading Dahl's books. Unlike his children's books (which is where this book is shelved), there are very few children involved and while the stories do have some whimsical elements they aren't nearly as fantastical as his books. I was trying to decide the whole time if I would have liked the s ...more
jill
Jul 25, 2009 jill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lani
Collection of 6 of Roald Dahl's stories, including three non-fiction works. Unsurprisingly, his non-fiction isn't as amazing as his fiction, but it's still pretty excellent. One of the non-fiction pieces is the story of how he became a writer, and Dahl says in it that he doesn't really like to write non-fiction because what he loves about writing is inventing stories. It reminds me of an Elie Wiesel quote that I love (and once considered getting as a tattoo): "God created Man because he loves st ...more
Andy
This is another book which has sat on various shelves for many months now before finally being completed. The short stories (7 of them) are mainly directed at an older age group though touch on similar themes to his younger work. My copy has a different cover which doesn't appear here.

I've read 'The Hitch-hiker' before and enjoyed it, found 'The Swan' quite dark and disturbing (taking the bullying of his younger books to more dangerous regions). 'Henry Sugar' though felt a little disappointing.
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Kate
I was quite surprised when I read this book, after reading all of Dahl's children's stories. The title suggests that these are happy wonder-filled stories. They are, however, written more for adults or at least teens. The title story involves a man who wanted to be able to cheat at cards by "seeing" through them, and goes off on a huge spiritual journey to study with a yogi to learn how to do this. There was another story about a boy who rides a sea turtle.

The story that sticks out most in my m
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Hannah  Messler
Yesterday was bright and windy and sunny and I went to Park Slope to meet up with Danny and then Kevin turned up and I hadn't seen either of them in a long time and we all love each other SO DEARLY so there was a lot of grinning and hugs and they are so funny and kind and good, and then Kevin had to go so Danny and I sat in the green cool grass in the park and watched dogs and a beetle crawled on me and then Danny had to go so I went to the comic book store and then it was almost time for Andrew ...more
A.K.
Aug 09, 2009 A.K. added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: insomniacs
A book I tried to like. But I fell asleep, and then I died, because it was so boring. Don't think this doesn't make me feel black-hearted. Worse, I am now afraid to revisit all the Dahl for children I read as a child myself; sensing it may be akin to expecting Houdini and getting Criss Angel's PHENOMENON instead. That is, a visitation of soul-devouring disappointment. The simple prose and magical realism that is so, um, simple and magical and real in his work for young adults didn't translate. A ...more
Dan
This is a fantastic collection of stories by a brilliant author, where no two stories are anything like the same.

The Boy Who Talked with Animals: A story set in Jamaica which feels worryingly plausible. A turtle is caught by a fisherman and a group of people get very excited by the prospect of turtle soup. One small boy is unhappy with the way the turtle is being treated though. The best thing about this is the ending, quite dark but rather satisfying all at the same time.

The Hitch-hiker: Usua
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baRbRa
As you can tell, I loved - still love - Roald Dahl. This was one of my favorite books - one, because it's all short stories and two, I wanted to be Henry Sugar. I even tried the candle bit.

"A Piece of Cake" is also well-worth the read. It's autobiographical and if you've read Boy and his other books about himself, you'll enjoy it too. His life is almost unbelievable. Needless to say, I also wanted to be him too when I was young.
Arun Madappat
I'm reading The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl. It is a very interesting fiction book. It has small stories with various settings and plot. One example is the story of Henry Sugar, the man who sees without his eyes. Henry finds out how to cheat in cards and wins big at casinos. All his earnings go to a charity to build orphanages all over the world.I could connect to this story because it partly took place in a small village in India that I have visited. This gave me a ...more
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Haley
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More is a collection of short stories written by Roald Dahl. The collection contains seven stories, which range from 16 to 70 pages in length. Although most of the stories are aimed at kids at the covers are fun and childish, don't judge a book by it's cover. Some of the stories contain a bit of adult content.

This book connects to a lot of different books because of all the different types of stories. All of them have that classic Roald Dahl-y feel to
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Hidden Away
Jul 14, 2008 Hidden Away rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one who like a good short story
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Riadiani Marcelita
Oct 19, 2011 Riadiani Marcelita rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers, everyone who loves good, imaginative literature
Recommended to Riadiani by: My English Literature teacher
Shelves: borrowed
This book is composed of seven superb stories by the master himself, Mister Roald Dahl. I would like to review the seven stories briefly...

The Boy Who Talked With Animals is a story about a boy who saved a captured giant turtle from being killed by fishermen and hotel tourists. This story took place in Jamaica, and from the view of a tourist who, despite being the narrator, seemed to be a passive character in the story. I personally like this story because of the unexpected ending. I didn't kno
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Rhys
This book contains seven pieces. Two are non-fiction but still stories; the remaining five are excellent works of the imagination. I was surprised at how good 'A Piece of Cake' was considering that it was the very first piece of fiction Dahl ever attempted, back in 1942. It is a polished and unusual tale and very gripping. 'The Boy Who Talked With Animals', 'The Hitchhiker' and 'The Swan' are all superb too; and 'The Mildenhall Treasure', which is one of the non-fiction pieces, is intriguing. Da ...more
Maria
1. The Boy Who Talked with Animals - A fast read that seems almost like an urban legend.
2. The Hitchhiker - A conversation between Dahl and an hitchhiker with a magical talent.
3. The Mildenhall Treasure - This is one of my favorites in the collection. It is a non-fiction account about the discovery of an enormous trove of Roman silver in the English countryside.
4. The Swan - Probably the darkest story in the collection, "The Swan" champions two of Dahl's favorite heros: children and animals, but
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Kholsu
Dahl surely is the master of creative writing indeed; his imagination has no bounds neither does his portrayal of human behaviour.

These short stories are ideal for ‘People on the Go’.

The power within these fictitious tails of enchantment are intensified/spruced up with a dash of flare and a drop of creative writing; which really puts a summery smile on your face.

However there are few that struck me more effectively than others; “The Swan” for example, it was a heartbreaking, tragic story in co
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Anne Killheffer
I loved these short stories by Roald Dahl, but I think the publisher has made a mistake in marketing the collection to younger readers. Roald Dahl is dark, obviously, and kids love him -- his books are full of grim tragedy, unfairness, rotten adults, awful punishments and death.
But these stories are different. I believe most of them were written with an adult audience in mind. They have a different dark sensibility, closer to Hitchcock than to James and the Giant Peach, closer to Dahl's own ver
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Georgette
The Great Automatic Grammartizator and Other Stories[return]Paperback, 264 pages[return][return]The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More[return]Paperback, 213 pages[return][return]Roald Dahl[return]Published by Puffin Books[return][return][return]I recently developed a fascination for the works of Roald Dahl, perhaps years too late. But better late than never. I found the 2001 Puffin Books editions irresistible and decided that it's probably a good investment for my personal library.[retu ...more
Dolly
This is a wonderful collection of short stories, a collection of tales that could only come from the inimitable Roald Dahl. We read this book slowly, at most one story each night, and savored each one.

That is, until we got to the middle of the book. For some reason, once we came to the title tale, we stopped. cold. As in, couldn't seem to pick the book up again for more than a year. I tried, believe me. I put the book on hold, borrowed it, and even tried to start the story, but we just never go
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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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“For me, the pleasure of writing comes with inventing stories.” 12 likes
“And it was then I began to realize for the first time that there are two distinct sides to a writer of fiction. First, there is the side he displays to the public, that of an ordinary person like anyone else, a person who does ordinary things and speaks ordinary language. Second, there is the secret side, which comes out in him only after he has closed the door of his workroom and is completely alone. It is then that he slips into another world altogether, a world where his imagination takes over and he finds himself actually living in the places he is writing about at that moment. I myself, if you want to know, fall into a kind of trance, and everything around me disappears. I see only the point of my pencil moving over the paper, and quite often two hours go by as though they were a couple of seconds.” 12 likes
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