Matilda Is A Little Girl Who Is Far Too Good To Be True At Age Five And A Half She S Knocking Off Double Digit Multiplication Problems And Blitz Reading Dickens Even Remarkably, Her Classmates Love Her Even Though She S A Super Nerd And The Teacher S Pet But Everything Is Not Perfect In Matilda S World For Starters She Has Two Of The Most Idiotic, Self Centered Parents Who Ever Lived Then There S The Large, Busty Nightmare Of A School Principal, Miss The Trunchbull, A Former Hammer Throwing Champion Who Flings Children At Will And Is Approximately As Sympathetic As A Bulldozer Fortunately For Matilda, She Has The Inner Resources To Deal With Such Annoyances Astonishing Intelligence, Saintly Patience, And An Innate Predilection For RevengeShe Warms Up With Some Practical Jokes Aimed At Her Hapless Parents, But The True Test Comes When She Rallies In Defense Of Her Teacher, The Sweet Miss Honey, Against The Diabolical Trunchbull There Is Never Any Doubt That Matilda Will Carry The Day Even So, This Wonderful Story Is Far From Predictable Roald Dahl, While Keeping The Plot Moving Imaginatively, Also Has An Unerring Ear For Emotional Truth The Reader Cares About Matilda Because In Addition To All Her Other Gifts, She Has Real Feelings
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940 s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world s bestselling authors.Dahl s first published work, inspired by a meeting with C S Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya Today the story is published as A Piece of Cake The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for 900, and propelled him into a career as a writer Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalized article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.His first children s book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943 Dahl went on to create some of the best loved children s stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper s, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world wide acclaim Dahl wrotethan 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You in 1959, for the story The Landlady and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on Skin.
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- 10 August 2018 Roald Dahl