Title: More Tales of the Unexpected
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Penguin Books
A selection of Roald Dahl’s remarkable and witty short stories. Nine tales filled with dark humor, bizarre events and suspense. From a sound machine by which you can hear trees experiencing pain to an old man’s clever way of how to extract money from by passers.
Ever since I have read `Matilda´ I am a fan of Roald Dahl´s children books and after reading one of his short stories for adults in class I found that I quite enjoyed his more grown up sinister stories too.
Each story in this book is about twelve pages long. They are about all sorts of things like a strange man trading his umbrella for some cash, a scientist who can hear plants talk or the betrayal of a butler. You are always thrown into the story, caught up in the action of events. The story has its peak just before it ends which means that you´re in suspense most of the time. The short stories in this book are all strange, but not every one of them is as scary as Georgy Porgy. I was really shocked when reading that particular story. Hint: eating and being eaten.
Roald Dahl writes really well. Everything is right in his stories: the characters, the events and most importantly the feeling you get while reading. Dahl’s short stories were enjoyable to read to the last letter. So if you like Dahl, give this a try.