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The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  5,930 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 0140158073 (ISBN13: 9780140158076)

Containing all the stories from Roald Dahl's world-famous books – Over to You, Someone Like you, Kiss Kiss and Switch Bitch – plus eight further tales of the unexpected, this is the definitive collection by one of the great masters of the short story. Macabre, unsettling and deliciously enjoyable, these stories
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published October 29th 1992 by Penguin Books
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Rachael I'd say it depends on the 11 year old. Some of the stories are quite dark.
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Natalie Monroe
Oct 08, 2014 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
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners

Description: Charles Dance leads the cast as the urbane Storyteller in dramatisations of five classic tales by Roald Dahl. Bizarre and amusing by turns, these dark comedies are justly famous for their surprise endings, and for their rogues gallery of crooks, cheats and schemers.

The stories show Dahl at the height of his powers as a writer of adult fiction, combining black comedy with sly social satire. They are stylishly plotted, vividly characterised and
Hafsa Sabira
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This collection took me a really really long time to finish. Can't say that I liked all the short stories but the best was the part of Tales of the Unexpected. This collection contains all the short stories by Roald Dahl,some very interesting enough to keep you interested till the very end. The stories fall into many categories: funny,horror,mystery,adventure,every genre mostly-which is great as different readers have different tastes. Each story gives a different vibe,some will make you smile,s ...more
Steve Carpenter
Jun 30, 2007 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.
I can't get enough of Roald Dahl! I'm in the middle of too many books right now, but I couldn't resist when I came across this treasure at the library!

Dahl is a marvelous storyteller--simply brilliant!--but I sometimes wonder if I would enjoy his adult short stories as much if I hadn't first loved his children's books as a young girl. (This--which is probably true for most of us--is actually a reversed order. Dahl began his writing career with these short stories, and most of his children's clas
James Field
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has pride of place on my bookshelf. Now and again I take it down and re-read it. Of all authors, Roald Dahl has been the most influential for my own writing. Many think Dahl writes children's stories, but this collection is strictly for adults. Classy, amusing, gruesome, and with a twist at the end that makes you gawk with shock. Amazing.
May 09, 2015 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
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
An African Story :(
Only This :)
Katina :/
Beware of the Dog :)
They Shall Not Grow Old :(
Someone Like You :(
Death of an Old Man :/
Madame Rosette :)
A Piece of Cake :(
Yesterday Was Beautiful :(
Nunc Dimittis :)
Skin :)
Man from the South :)
The Soldier :(
The Sound Machine :/
Mr. Botibol :)
Vengeance is Mine Inc. :)
The Wish :)
Poison :)
Taste :)
Dip in the Pool :/
The Great Automatic Grammatizator :)
Claud's Dog: The Ratcatcher :(
Claud's Dog: Rummins :(
Claud's Dog: Mr. Hoddy :(
Claud's Dog: Mr. Feasey :(
My Lady L
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There are a few weak stories in here -- The Last Act and The Surgeon: oy -- but for the most part this collection is definitely one to pick up if you're a Dahl fan. A lot of the classics are in here, like Lamb to the Slaughter and Man from the South, but so are a lot you've probably never read. The stories are in chronological order, complete with parallel a time line showing what was going on in Dahl's life and in the rest of the world when each story was published, which alone is worth the pri ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british-read
I plan to re-read this inspirational collection of short stories soon as I've ascertained how much my own works have been influenced by the phenomenal Roald Dahl. When I read this about two years ago, I could not fathom Dahl's intent for making a number of his characters mean. But now I've understood why. He did what I am doing now: showing the world how grown-ups can be mean to children and to other grown-ups – how most individuals tend to abuse their power by disempowering others to meet their ...more
At nearly 900 pages this book is a force to be reckoned with. And being as it's a collection of short stories, it's not meant to be read all at once. If you check it out from the library you may need to renew it once or twice. The stories are in chronological order. Most of the first ones about about flying, reflecting Dahl's experiences as a pilot in the RAF during World War II. The stories are of varying lengths, but all are of about the right size to read in bed at night before you fall aslee ...more
Feb 27, 2008 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.
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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.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just picked it up bcs it was Rold Dahl and i never expected the stories i have read just like the endings of the stories in the book. Amazing.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
To many readers around the world, Roald Dahl is known as a inventive, witty writer of children's stories such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "The Witches", "Matilda", "The Fantastic Fox", "The BFG", "James and the Giant Peach", just to list a few. He is also, however, equally prolific in adult literature, especially short stories. Dahl began writing around the same time as Ray Bradbury, and his short stories have that same feel as early Bradbury...not in the style of prose, but in the d ...more
Ieva Ozolniece
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first I was kind of afraid to read it - Roahld Dahl is the guy who wrote all the now classical stories that have turned in quite popular movies as well. So what could this guy who writes about naive children and their amazing adventures, what could this guy write, that is called Switch bitch. But boy was I wrong.
I believe it was in on of the reviews here - Roahld Dahl is one sick bastard. But in a good way. I quite enjoyed all the stories with the unexpected endings, and the stories that sta
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

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Read this and then heard Charles Dance's dramatisation on BBC Radio
Richa Bhattarai
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite book in the world. Each story more fascinating than the previous one, those delicious twists and turns. This taught me how volatile a story can be, and also made me a writer. O. Henry, Saki, Jeffrey Archer and Roald Dahl - kings of climaxes !
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-these, british
I remember, as a child, enjoying Roald Dahl's children's books so much that I eagerly began to look for more of his work. I eventually found a collection of his short stories in the general fiction section for adults and gladly took it home with me, despite my secret suspicion that the library had misfiled his book. After reading various stories, including "Bitch" and "The Great Switcheroo," I realized too late that the book was, indeed, filed correctly, and that through my curiosity I had stumb ...more
Like most people, I am very familiar with Dahl's Children's books. They are still favorites of mine and I would think this is the same with most people. I knew he wrote adult books as they used to give his books away with Tea back in the 90's. And after they finished with the kids books, they gave away 'Tales Of The Unexpected'.

As a kid I always really struggled to get into them, I found them very dry and forced myself to finish one of them. Which was why I was a bit hesitant about this collec
Khenan Bragador
Sep 01, 2012 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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roald Dahl proves himself to be even more multi-faceted than the tales spun in The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda.

He has an uncanny ability to draw the reader into a story, leaving the discovery of the ending, whether humorous, horrifying or just strange unrevealed until the very end.

This book contains I short story I remember reading over 40 years ago in an old collection of stories published under the Alfred Hitchcock collection of strange stories that I've never forgotten,
Jun 20, 2014 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 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
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much fun to have returned to fiction after my recent non-fiction binge. Loved it! I think he's just as twisted and clever a writer of adult stories as he is of children's books. I think it's amazing how he can consistently generate characters that are ridiculous caricatures of people, but that still somehow feel very true to life. Not every story was a winner, but I think that's to be expected in a collection this large.
Casey Hampton
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 5-star
Pure delight. /shivers
Roald Dahl furthered my understanding as to the writerly shape of story.

I enjoyed recognizing how much of Dahl's biography is present within so many of these stories. You don't need to be a Dahl fan to enjoy this collection. You just need to be a fan of a good story.

From a reader's point of view, I'd probably give this 4/5. But when I combine my writer's brain reaction and my reader's brain reaction I have no choice but to score this 5/5
Well-known for his books for children, Dahl is a wonderful writer of stories. His stories are delicious: macabre, twisted, well-crafted vehicles for character and suspense. Best of the lot: "Man from the South," "The Way Up to Heaven," "Taste."
Bushra Jahan
Jul 15, 2013 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 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.
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!
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