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Boy - Tales of Childhood

Boy - Tales of Childhood( )
Author: Dahl, Roald
ISBN:978-0-374-37374-0
Publication Date:Dec 1984
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Imprint:Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $18.00
Book Description:

"'I am only eight years old,' I told myself. 'No little boy of eight has ever murdered anyone. It's not possible.'"So thought Roald Dahl in 1924 when his plan to get revenge on the mean and disgusting candy-store owner Mrs. Pratchett seemed to have worked all too well. Writing about this and other boyhood adventures, the author has recalled only those that stand out as spectacular. "Some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. I suppose that is why I have always remembered...
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Book Details
Pages:160
Detailed Subjects: Juvenile Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.41 x 9.56 x 0.75 Inches
Book Weight:0.77 Pounds
Author Biography
Dahl, Roald (Author)


Roald (pronounced "Roo-aal") was born in Llandaff, South Wales. He had a relatively uneventful childhood and was educated at Repton School. During World War II he served as a fighter pilot and for a time was stationed in Washington, D.C.. Prompted by an interviewer, he turned an account of one of his war experiences into a short story that was accepted by the Saturday Evening Post, which were eventually collected in Over to You (1946).

Dahl's stories are often described as horror tales or fantasies, but neither description does them justice. He has the ability to treat the horrible and ghastly with a light touch, sometimes even with a humorous one. His tales never become merely shocking or gruesome. His purpose is not to shock but to entertain, and much of the entertainment comes from the unusual twists in his plots, rather than from grizzly details.

Dahl has also become famous as a writer of children's stories. In some circles, these works have cased great controversy. Critics have charged that Dahl's work is anti-Semitic and degrades women. Nevertheless, his work continues to be read: Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1964) was made into a successful movie, The BFG was made into a movie in July 2017, and his books of rhymes for children continue to be very popular.

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