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Roald Dahl in His Own Words

Roald Dahl in His Own Words( )
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Dahl, Roald
Read by: Dahl, Roald
Series title:In Their Own Words Ser.
ISBN:978-1-4713-3931-8
Publication Date:Mar 2013
Publisher:Penguin Random House
Imprint:BBC Books
Book Format:CD-Audio
List Price:USD $18.95
Book Description:

In interviews ranging from 1972 to 1989, Roald Dahl talks about writing for children, his medical inventions to aid his son and wife (the actress Patricia Neal) when they were seriously ill, and writing his short stories. He also covers his school days, military service, writing for films (including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and the link between cruelty and laughter. BBC Archive Voices features interviews with some of the key figures from the fields of entertainment, sport,...
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Pages:1
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):4.875 x 5.538 x 0.429 Inches
Book Weight:0.18 Pounds
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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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