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Book Title: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (Plus)|
Date of issue: 1982
ISBN 13: 9780140328882
The author of the book: Roald Dahl
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 351 KB
Edition: Penguin Books
Read full description of the books The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (Plus):I picked this one up after seeing a review on GR and started it almost two months ago. It's a book of short stories and I would pick it up when I needed a quick break from work, current reading, chores, etc. So it taking me two months to read was not a sign of it being boring. All this and I probably had too many books going on at once.
This book contains stories that are quite different from some of the usual Dahl books. Some are pretty short and some are longer, with a total of seven stories. There is even a story of how Dahl got started writing. During my reading of this book, I picked up and read and small book on Dahl's life. Nice to get a big picture view of his life along with how he got his start writing. It's hard to pick one story that I liked best. Could be the story of the pick pocketer, the true story of the buried treasure, or that wonderful story of Henry Sugar. There was one story I didn't much care for due to the subject matter - the story of the swan. But that was just issues I have (touchy w/anything w/animals).
Overall, glad I read this one to get a different take on Dahl's writing.
Read information about the authorRoald 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 adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for $900, and propelled him into a career as a writer. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.
His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.
He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You; in 1959, for the story "The Landlady"; and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on "Skin".
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