Monday, November 3, 2008

Book: 'The Best of Roald Dahl'

I wish I can write as good as Roald Dahl. Reading his “The Best of” book was a roller-coaster ride – and the gut-wrenching feeling remains true even after numerous rereading. He served mind-boggling twist one after another that after some stories I really have to close the book, take a deep breath, and wondered to myself: ‘Did I really just read something that awesome?’. His short stories are ones that I wished I had conjured – vividly imaginative, filled with unexpected turns, and deeply disturbing that I felt emotionally drained reading some of his works. The dark, mysterious tales, sometimes inhuman tone, sometimes wickedly funny, left one breathless for more. He cajoled the readers into joining his adventure – calm at first – and then plunged us straight into the deepest, coldest and darkest abyss.

Here are some of my favorite tales as compiled in “The Best of Roald Dahl”:

Parson’s Pleasure: An antique dealer posed as a religious man to gain access into homes and tricked the owners to sell their antiques at a paltry sum, only to resell the items himself at a handsome profit. But will one of his unsuspecting victims hindered him from his biggest prize yet?

Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat: A married lady had an affair with a rich colonel, and when he gave her a present so expensive and luxurious she can’t resist, how will she hide it from her husband?

Royal Jelly: A father’s maddening interest with bee caused him to experiment on his baby, but at what consequence?

The Boy Who Talked With Animals: A boy saved a turtle from being turned into delicious dishes and accessories. The next day he went missing.

Genesis and Catastrophe: The weakest baby ever born single handedly changed the history of the world.

Skin: A priceless art was tattooed on a priceless organ – the skin. What happened when serious buyer wants to acquire the piece?