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Kiss Kiss

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  7,978 ratings  ·  553 reviews
ISBN 13: 9780241955345

Roald Dahl on menukamaid musta huumori viljelejaid tänapäeva anglosaksi kirjanduses. Dahl on tuntud ka lastekirjanikuna, kuid suure rahvusvahelise kuulsuse saavutas ta musta huumori juttudega, mis on ilmunud kogudes «Keegi sinutaoline» ja «Musi mopsti», kust on tõlgitud ka neli järgnevat juttu: Pansioni perenaine, Mesilasema toitepiim, Genees ja katas
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ebook, 240 pages
Published November 4th 2004 by Penguin (first published 1959)
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Monica Harvey Hi! Not sure if you are still looking for answers but would recommend the story "Georgy Porgy" for a book club as there is a lot that is open for disc…moreHi! Not sure if you are still looking for answers but would recommend the story "Georgy Porgy" for a book club as there is a lot that is open for discussion and interpretation, including the title alluding to the Georgie Porgie nursery rhyme. (less)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Slowly, the final plot twist is coming closer, the reader waits for the revelation and a „bam in your face“ solution offers a final thrill. In each freaking short story.

I don´t read many short stories, I mean, who does, and so it´s quite subjectively that I find this funny, weird, strange and frightening little story hybrids very entertaining. One of the main reasons I don´t read short stories is that, procrastinating as I am, avoid any unnecessary move and beginning a novel is always a bit simi
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Miranda Reads
Finally, a short-story collection by Dahl that didn't send me running for the hills

To put this into context, I've already read The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More & Switch Bitch and both were disturbing and misogynistic. Kiss Kiss was marginally better. Without further ado, here is Dahl's most macabre collection of short stories:

The Landlady - A young man excitedly moves to a new city for his job. He finds a lovely little bed and breakfast run by a dotty old woman who dabbles in taxi
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Melki
Looking for some deviously funny cautionary tales riddled with delightfully diabolical twists?

Well, here be eleven goodies to amuse and entertain you.

You will learn to beware of old ladies bearing tea, to be kind to your wife or she will totally screw up your afterlife, to never bilk idiots and that meat really is murder.

Dahl is a superb writer. I had no idea where some of these stories were going until the last paragraph. With others, I predicted the ending, but read eagerly to find out if I w
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Nandakishore Varma
I don't remember exactly when I encountered Roald Dahl - perhaps in my pre-teens. But I sure remember I did not encounter him in any story "appropriate" for children. "The Veld" (not included here) and "Pig" (included) are two stories I remember vividly from those days - both delightfully creepy, yet weirder than the standard fare you get from horror-story writers.

This delightful little collection contains creepy gems such as "The Landlady", "Pig", "Georgy Porgy" and "Royal Jelly"; "William and
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Praveen
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of eleven short stories of Dahl.
All the stories in this book are already present in his more comprehensive collection The Best of Roald Dahl, which I had read.

If someone is looking for the short story collection of the author, then I will unquestionably recommend The Best of Roald Dahl over this book, because that will provide you a bigger range of talent and artistry of the author with 25 of his best tales.
The last story of this collection "Champion of the world" will
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Trevor
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I’d read this book all the way through years ago, but there were stories here that I didn’t remember at all, and so now I’m not sure what I’ll read before or not. When my children were growing up we made our way through every one of his children’s books. These aren’t children’s stories, but it is hard to not notice that they are almost all very much like fairy tales.

One of the things a writer who is starting out is almost certain to do is to not fully trust their readers. This is almo
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Gabrielle
Human nature's dark side is not pretty. Lies, greed, violent impulses… In this collection of short stories, Roald Dahl tells us how the world sometimes exacts delicious revenge on people in the most grotesque ways…

I only knew Dahl through his children's books, "The Witches" being one of my own childhood favorites. My colleague Caroline adores his short stories and she kindly lent me her copy of "Kiss Kiss", that I devoured over a few lunch breaks. The dark humour, acid tongue and unsettling mind
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Richard Derus
Real Rating: 2.75* of five

A cruel and demanding husband, or so his first wife Patricia Neal would have us know; a creepy old party, as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory amply demonstrated, with a great deal of disdain for Jewishness and gluttony and greed in general. His adult fiction is largely out of print in the US, and he was never really quite The Thing here as he was in Britain. I suppose his light sneers at us, so evident in his attitude towards the US's involvement in the Second World Wa
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Caroline
May 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though this books of Dahl's short stories is missing some of my favorites (like the one about the eavesdropping card-playing couples and the one with the frozen leg of lamb), it has many of Dahl's best. From a father who feeds his baby enormous quantities of royal jelly, to a nervous hyper-punctual housewife who exacts a seemingly innocent revenge on her passive aggressive husband, these stories are twisted, surprising and never overdone. The stories have just the sort of Professor Plum, crackli ...more
Lotte
Wonderfully macabre short stories that feature neurotic vicars, vengeful wives, dubious antique dealers and creepy half-bee half-human babies (yes, you read that right).
Helly
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read my favorite road Dahl collection, and it never gets old. You MUST READ 'Mrs. Bixby and The Colonel's Coat' and 'William and Mary'

The master of a twist in the tale!
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Nicola
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Roald Dahl is, needless to say, best known as the author of books for children. This collection of short stories is easy on the whizzpopping, frumpets, and strawbunkies, but his subtly sinister grown-up world is equally enthralling.

The beauty of Dahl's short stories is his innate talent for saying the most when he says nothing at all. Massive chunks of story line are told through every ellipsis, of which there are many. Rather than telling you exactly what is happening, Dahl creates the setting,
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Jules ♈  (witchyrover)
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 STARS Roahl Dahl always manages to impress me (in a good way). I read this during my english course (still studying english-spanish translation) and even though I recognize that he is an excellent author, I'm growing slightly tired of him. I read lots of his books during Middle School so please understand.... I loved each plot twist that he made; each story ends completely different from what I was thinking (which is perfect cuz not all books have that). I read and analyzed ...more
Stefania
Funny. Dark. Brilliant. An incredibly fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I hadn't read any of the author's work until now, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. Although the book is easy to read, it remains fresh and unpredictable. When the reader may start to expect the unexpected, Dahl finds a way to surprise them, either by means of a twist or by adding some macabre detail that leaves them feeling uneasy but strangely satisfied.

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Gracioso. Oscuro. Genial. Una lectura increíblemente
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Nick
I love these stories, all are just brilliant.
Leah Jay
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of hilarious (and sometimes wonderfully disturbing) short stories.
You can see Roald's beautiful writing throughout the whole book, which was a plus for me, as I am a HUGE fan of it.
I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up, since there is a little profanity thrown in here and there.
I had a lot of fun reading through this story collection, and I hope you will, too!
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Maria
I had higer hopes for this book As i really enjoyed Dahls Switch Bitch which is another one of his books written for an older audience. Im sad to Say it really didnt work for mé. I think out of the shortstories in this book i only really liked "the landlady" and " pig". There was Nothing in particular Wrong with the stories they just werent anything special. ...more
fourtriplezed
A very clever collection of short stories that at times left one using the imagination as to the endings. Written for its times and with that I wonder how a contemporary author would write these stories. My favourites were Pig and Georgy Porgy. Pig is just a macabre little story that made me laugh. Georgy Porgy is a very witty tale about a sadomasochistic sexually repressed vicar.
May
So far, so good. Definitely not your conventional love stories-I'm on the third or fourth short story and at least four people have died so far. I feel like he has a lot to say about gender and power dynamics in marriage, but I think a lot of these marriages presented are more reflective of the times, when a wife was more of a housekeeper than a lover to the husband, and so it is only natural that she relishes in manipulating men when given the chance. I'll write more when I'm feeling more eloqu ...more
Sabin
Jun 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, bibliobibuli
What I learned from this collection of short stories:

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David (דוד)
Average rating: 3.64

This was the first set of short stories that I read, from the acclaimed writer, since the time I came to know that he wrote macabre fiction. The book contains eleven stories, exploring the sinister side of the human psyche, some with twists in the end. I enjoyed them, they satisfied me to some extent, although only a couple of stories kept me mesmerized. However, by the end of the book, it made me decide to continue to explore more of his dark and sinister works.
manuella
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: course-required
If it wasn't for uni, I would have never picked it up...
Some short-stories were creepy (Pig and William and Mary), others were absurd (Georgy Porgy) and others gave an image of women that I didn't like (The Way up to Heaven).
(I'm in need of a five-star book rn)
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PurplyCookie
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
There's a quiet zaniness that runs through the lot of these stories. Most of them are crisp, surprising and smoothly written at every turn. Dahl-licious one might say.

The Landlady >> "There is nothing more tantalizing than a thing which lingers just outside the borders of one's memory." A teenage boy finds himself assigned to Bath and decided to check into a Bed & Breakfast where he was welcomed by a nice (even if slightly dotty) old woman. He starts to wonder why no one else has come and s
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Lori Cooper
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book at a thrift store for a quarter. Love the quirky and imaginative stories in this book. I especially like this particular edition because on the back cover jacket is a picture of him and Patricia Neal, a native Tennessean! What a beauty she was! I love her in "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
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JoJo
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 2.5/5

This is my first 'adult' Roald Dahl, I've never read any of his books of short stories.

My faves were Parson's Pleasure and Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat.

Some of the stories I didn't like, and one I just didn't get the ending, but some were quite amusing. I also liked how it kept you guessing til the end (well, for me anyway)
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Rose  Heartfilia
I call this quite an asset in my bookcases because of the edition as well as the short stories written by Roald Dahl. I have read a few of these short stories while studying English literature, I had not guessed that I would ever get my hands on the original book but here I have it. I'm really glad about it.

I don't have the need to judge them all seperately, maybe at some point I will but right now I don't feel like it. Because of the two/three I knew I don't feel like it. Since I knew them I h
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Sudhir Pai
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always believed authors of best-selling children's books are great writers who don't find writing for mature readers challenging enough. "Kiss Kiss" - a book of short stories by Roald Dahl just reinforces this belief of mine.
With a bunch of fast paced short stories, Dahl shows how to elicit an entire gamut of emotions that can make wake up with a jerk at 3am. Extremely devious, extremely creepy, extremely wierd, extremely tantalising, extremely sexist too at times. But whether or not these
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Julie
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never realized Dahl wrote adult fiction, till now I only thought of him as a children’s book author. When I encountered this short story book, I was intrigued and then very pleased. What a wonderful collection of odd and perverse stories about adults who have no moral boundaries and which still hold up today. I will definitely read more of his adult stories.
Kerry Nicholls
A book chosen by my bookclub to read. A fun little book that you can easily dip in and out of. Very similar to the series Back Mirror if you've seen it. I had to remind myself of the era it was written in occasionally although a couple of the stories were quite forward thinking for its time. Worth taking some time to read if you want a quick, easy read. ...more
Ġiljan Agius
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this suggestion came after one of Bob's lists and I'm grateful. It had been years (decades?) since I read Roald Dahl and reading this I once again realised why he's such a loved author. In my mind the best stories in this book are the equivalent of the 3 minute perfect pop song. It may not be deep, or profound, or multilayered, but it's perfect in its execution, the format limitations and most of all in the sudden bursts of joy the perfect pop song gives you.

At the very best the stories
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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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