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The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Oktober 2003

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“With the inventive power of a Thomas Edison and the imagination of a Lewis Carroll . . . Roald Dahl is a wizard of comedy and the grotesque, an artist with a marvelously topsy-turvy sense of the ridiculous in life.”
—CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

“Dahl has the mastery of plot and characters possessed by great writers of the past, along with a wildness and wryness of his own. One of his trademarks is writing beautifully about the ugly, even the horrible.”
—LOS ANGELES TIMES

“A collection of Roald Dahl stories is always occasion for applause.”
—CHICAGO DAILY NEWS

“An ingenious imagination, a fascination with odd and ordinary detail . . . are the first strengths of Dahl’s storytelling.”
—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“[Dahl’s] stare is unblinking, and most of his tales are irritants, provocations. Fantastic as Grimm, neat as O. Henry, heartless as Saki, they stick in the mind long after subtler ones have faded: incredible (literally), unforgettable, and vengefully funny.”
—from the Introduction by Jeremy Treglown -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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This is a complete collection of the superb short stories which have appeared in: "Over To You", "Kiss Kiss", "Someone Like You", "Switch Bitch" and eight further stories: "The Umberella man"; "Mr Botibol"; "Vengeance in Mine inc"; "The Butler"; "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life"; "The Bookseller"; and, "The Hitchhiker, The Surgeon".

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In diesem Buch befinden sich alle Kurzgeschichten von Roald Dahl, ein gutes Argument statt mehreren Büchern nur dieses eine zu kaufen.
Roald Dahl beherrscht es sehr gut, seinen Geschichten überraschende Wendungen zu geben, manchmal erst im letzten Satz und damit verblüffend zu pointieren. Über den Handlungsverlauf ist auch nicht klar, welcher der beteiligten Personen der Autor diese Überraschung zugedenkt.
Häufigstes Muster ist der Tyrann und der Tyrannisierte, aber immer schön dezent, und einen von beiden ereilt der Schicksalsschlag mit einer überraschenden Wendung des gegenteiligen Erfolges oder Triumphes.
Es ist jedoch nicht jede einzelne Geschichte mit Überraschungen ausgestattet, manch ein Ende ahnt man nach dem Lesen einiger Geschichten dann auch schon voraus. Der Schreibstil ist allerdings so unterhaltsam und voll liebevollem und hintersinnigem Humor mit riesigem Ideenreichtum, dass es ein pures Lesevergnügen ist, dem Handlungsverlauf zu folgen.
Etwas mühseliger zu Lesen waren aber die Kriegsgeschichten und "Claud's Dog", dafür gab es auch den Punktabzug.
FAZIT: Gebündeltes Lesevergnügen eines Meisters, ein Muss für jeden Freund der pointierten Kurzgeschichte.
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Diese Zusammenstellung enthält folgende Bücher:

"Kiss, Kiss" (dt. "Küsschen, Küsschen")
"Over to You" (dt. "Steigen aus, Maschine brennt")
"Switch Bitch" (dt. "Kuschelmuschel")
"Someone like You" (dt. "... und noch ein Küsschen")
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acht weitere Geschichten, von denen "The Hitchhiker" eine der besten Dahl-Geschichten überhaupt ist.

Insgesamt sind 48 Geschichten in diesem Buch vereinigt. Freunde des makaberen Humors und der effizienten Schlusspointe kommen auf ihre Kosten. Allerdings trifft das nicht auf jede Geschichte zu, vor allem die Kriegspilotengeschichten in "Over to You" sind gewohnungsbedürftig.
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Dahl is definitely one of the best childrens' writers in the English language, and his books also hold a lot of appeal for older readers. Very entertaining and humorous. Much better than Harry Potter. ;-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A superb collection of Roald Dahl's stories 22. Oktober 2000
Von Rachael Evans - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is packed solid with 52 highly entertaining stories that have so many twists and turns you will not want to stop reading. Each well-written story is unique in its own way, whether it be amusing, thrilling, sad or altogether intriguing. The characters, even the dislikable ones, are so splendidly created and lifelike that you will be completely engrossed in their lives. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read for those who love a good twist-in-the-tale story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Everyman's Roald Dahl review!!! 30. Oktober 2007
Von G. Szybala - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Once again! the Everyman's Library has outdone any other publisher's job of creating a thorough and precise piece of book history. This is the third book I have purchased and read through Everyman's Library and I sincerely feel their books are the only ones I will buy when creating my own hardcover collection. The quality of paper, the texture of the outer red cover, the beauty of the chronological timeline of events in the author's life, they not only think of it all, but go so far beyond what is called for in a $20 book. If I were a tree that died in the name of paper, I would only hope my flesh would go towards another Everyman's success.
On to Roald Dahl. Best writer Ever. Best collection Ever. Best stories I have Ever read. Best organization of stories contained within a single volume. This book is Paper Gold. My favorite writer and my favorite book publish company smooshed into a magnificent creation that is the perfect size for the average human; hand and lap!!! Touch the hard cover. Feel it upon your cheek. Smell the pages... In the name of all that is holy!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Tales of the Unexpected 8. September 2006
Von J C E Hitchcock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Roald Dahl is today best known as a children's writer. Books like "James and the Giant Peach" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" were part of my childhood when I was growing up in the sixties, just as they were part of the childhoods of many people of my generation. From what I understand, he is even more popular with modern children. This book, however, presents us with the other side of Dahl's work, his stories for adults which are perhaps less well known today, although they did go though a spell of popularity in the seventies and eighties when they formed the basis of the Anglia Television series "Tales of the Unexpected".

Writers are often advised to write about the things they know best from personal experience, but unless he was lucky enough to enjoy a far greater variety of experiences than most other people, Dahl appears to have ignored this advice. Strangely, perhaps the part of this volume that I enjoyed least was the most personal, his first collection of stories "Over to You" which was based upon his wartime experiences in the RAF. Although deeply heartfelt, these generally lacked the wit and energy of his later work.

Dahl's other collections, "Someone Like You", "Kiss Kiss" and "Switch Bitch", and the uncollected stories published here as "Eight Further Tales of the Unexpected" contain a much greater variety of subject-matter, and suggest that the author was very knowledgeable about many different subjects- wine-tasting, the game of bridge, the art world, greyhound racing and the antiques business, to name only a few. As the title of the television series suggests, a feature of many of his stories is a sudden, unexpected twist at the end, a device which has been successfully used by many other short-story writers, perhaps most famously by O. Henry.

A frequent Dahl theme is that of the person who concocts an elaborate and supposedly foolproof scheme to achieve some disreputable end, only to be thwarted by events. A bookseller sends out invoices for pornographic books supposedly purchased by their late husbands to grieving widows. An antique dealer poses as a clergyman in order to acquire valuable furniture at knock-down prices. An unfaithful wife pretends to have found a pawn ticket in order to conceal from her husband the fact that her lover has given her a mink coat. In each case an unexpected turn of events brings about their downfall. Of course, in some cases the twist- as in "The Umbrella Man"- is that the villain succeeds in his scheme.

Sometimes the twist is less important than what has preceded it. In "Galloping Foxley", for example, a middle-aged commuter believes that the man sitting opposite him is the bully who made his life miserable at school. The twist- that he has, in fact, misidentified the man- is not particularly startling- what makes this story memorable is Dahl's description of the man's schooldays and his experiences of vicious schoolboy sadism. Not all the stories succeed; I felt that at times Dahl gave too much rein to his appetite for the bizarre and gruesome, with the result that some stories such as "William and Mary" or "Pig" tended to descend out of the real world and into a sort of grotesque Grand Guignol. Nevertheless, for every story that fails there are several that succeed. And when one of Dahl's stories succeeds, the result can be a delight. Among my favourites are "Lamb to the Slaughter", in which a woman who has killed her husband finds a neat way of disposing of the evidence, "Taste" which features the ultimate wine snob, "The Great Switcheroo" with its curious wife-swapping session and "The Surgeon" in which a stolen diamond is returned to its rightful owner by a most curious route. I suspect that most readers will find as much to enjoy in this collection as I did.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stories for the thinking, laughing reader 20. Januar 2005
Von Ryan Splint - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Simply put, Roald Dahl's short stories are fantastic. This collection provides an entertaining variation in content and themes from "the absolute master of the twist-in-a-tale".

Dahl's characters and settings are well-rounded even in short-story format, and I had no trouble being sucked right into the stories. Collected tales of war, sex, revenge and adventure (sometimes in the same story), all spiced with sarcasm, irony and more often than not, a sinister twist. Don't be surprised if you find yourself silently cheering for a character. However, by the same token don't be surprised if the character in question is subjected to a well-conceived plot twist!

I believe one of the best features is that Dahl doesn't beat you over the head with resolutions to his stories. He gives you all the details needed to predict where events will inevitably end, allowing you to formulate and imagine it yourself. In an age of spoon-fed plots in both film and literature, this is a valuable and wonderful thing indeed.

I highly recommend this book for people with a dark sense of humour, an appreciation for sarcasm and irony, and readers who prefer their characters to not be of the transparent 'cookie cutter' variety. I would rate this book higher than five stars - 10 out of 10 easily.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What can I say? 4. Juli 2000
Von D. Estevez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you like reading, than this Roald Dahl book is for you. If you hate reading, than this book is definatly for you. Its a great collection of stories for the young at heart, as well as for those cynical souls who believe they have ¨Seen and done it all¨. For those of you afraid that this will be sappy or sentimentel claptrap, rest at ease; TCSH has none of the blatentency found in todays suspense novels (such as Steven King), but rather a sly and crafty way of reaching to its conclusion. I read my first RD story in high school becuase I was forced to, loved it, and bought this collection on a trip to Oxford when I was 17...ever since then Ive turned to this book on long weekends and holidays; it has a funny way of making you feel like everytime like its the first time youve read it. Simply put, the this THE COLLECTION for true fans of the short story, leaving you not just statisfied, but longing for more more more (with special kudos to the Uncle Oswald stories...) Ironic content? Oh yes...Will these stories leave you awake at 3am , cursing the moment you started to read so early, because now its just all over? Most likely...
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