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Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl Paperback – Sep 13 2011

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (Sept. 13 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439189765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439189764
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 5.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A major literary biography…packed with intimate details, sharply intelligent commentary and surprising revelations. I can't sing its praises enough.” —Michael Dirda, Best Nonfiction of 2010, The Washington Post

“Authoritative . . . a careful, loving outline of a difficult man.” —Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review

“A sprawling entertainment packed with anecdote and incident . . . an engaging tale with satisfying episodes of glamour, intrigue, failure and renewal.” —William Georgiades, The Wall Street Journal

“Sturrock captures the spirit of the man, his need to charm and entertain as well as his 'almost adolescent desire to annoy'.” —Barbara Fisher, The Boston Globe

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Even more fascinating than I expected Jan. 20 2014
By Matt Post - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up loving Roald Dahl and read basically everything he wrote for children. In college, I came across some of his adult fiction, and was somewhat surprised at how dark, sexual, and, well, adult it was. It planted a seed that interested me in the man himself which I didn't act on for a decade or so. I'd read good reviews of this biography, and finally got around for reading it, and it was a pure delight.

Another reviewer asks, "Was it worthwhile to have Dahl knocked off his pedestal? Yes." I agree wholeheartedly. Meeting -- and truly coming to know -- someone as an adult that one previously knew only as a child is certainly always eye-opening pedestal-removing, and that is certainly the case with Dahl, whose general nastiness seeps through throughout this book. But it's not only nastiness that comes out; the man really seemed to possess character attributes on the extremes of many spectrums.

The bottom line is that it was fascinating to learn about how complex Dahl was, and I come away with a deeper respect, admiration for, and interest in his work. Sturrock did a wonderful job with this book, and I highly endorse it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Purchased this for my 88 year old mother and she ... Feb. 16 2015
By Christopher Kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
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Purchased this for my 88 year old mother and she absolutely loves it! Can't tell you much about it myself but she raves about it still, months after reading it and that's all anyone can ask for when giving a gift. He lived a fascinating life and some of the issues he dealt with (ie. losing a young daughter to measles) are very timely and relevant.
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The story about Dahl inside out Sept. 18 2013
By W. Dijksterhuis - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written lifestory about Dahl, a story in itself : amazing, sometimes sad and at times crossing all God-given boundaries.
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Wonderful read! Jan. 17 2014
By Khrysserx - Published on Amazon.com
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I was extremely pleased reading this book. At several points I couldn't put it down. Well written and very exciting!
Move over, 007, there's a new KID in town! April 20 2015
By Dwane L. Starlin - Published on Amazon.com
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Dahl's not just for kids! Actually may have been Ian Fleming's inspiration for James Bond. Gave me another perspective on the man.