Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected
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Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected

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In this collection of stories, Dahl tantalizes, amuses, and sometimes terrifies readers into a sense of what lurks beneath the ordinary. Included in this collection are such notorious gems of the bizarre as -The Second Machine, - -Lamb to the Slaughter, - -Neck, - and -The Landlady.- Other stories explore: A wine connoisseur with an infallible palate and a sinister taste in wagers. A decrepit old man with a masterpiece tattooed on his back. A voracious adventuress, a gentle cuckold, and a garden sculpture that becomes an instrument of sadistic vengeance. Social climbers who climb a bit too quickly. Philanderers whose deceptions are a trifle too ornate. Impeccable servants whose bland masks slip for one vertiginous instant. 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 Dealershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 471 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Vintage Books ed
  • 0679729895
  • 9780679729891
  • 32,100

About Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to 'a wonderful faraway place'. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attache in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.show more

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Table of contents

Taste Lamb to the Slaughter Man from the South My Lady Love, My Dove Dip in the Pool Galloping Foxley Skin Neck Nunc Dimittis The Landlady William and Mary The Way Up to Heaven Parson's Pleasure Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat Royal Jelly Edward the Conqueror The Sound Machine Georgy Porgy The Hitchhiker Poison The Boy Who Talked with Animals The Umbrella Man Genesis and Catastrophe The Butlershow more

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