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Skin and Other Stories Paperback – Jan 14 2002
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"'This is going to be a bit of a shock to you, I'm afraid,' he said." With those words, Patrick Maloney seals his fate. He has no idea that his mousy wife, Mary, isn't about to take his abandonment of their marriage lightly. He never sees the frozen leg of lamb that hits him squarely in the noggin. And he'll never know how tidily Mary cleans up the evidence--by having the local police dine on the murder weapon! The late Roald Dahl, best known for children's novels such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, also wrote many wonderfully wicked short stories, like the aforementioned "Lamb to the Slaughter," collected in Skin, a succinct, darkly humorous anthology for teen readers. Besides the murderous Mary Maloney, a host of other odd characters will leave teens gasping with surprise or chuckling with guilty laughter. In "The Surgeon," Dr. Robert Sandy is given a priceless diamond in exchange for saving a life, promptly loses it, then recovers it again from the strangest of places. "An African Story" chronicles a lonely mountain hermit's bid for revenge that involves a deadly black mamba snake, and "The Sound Machine" describes how a wacky inventor nearly drives himself mad when he creates a contraption that allows him to pick up noises outside the human range of hearing. There is something for the naughty side of everyone in this Twilight Zone-ish compilation, a recommended read for fans of Dahl's other teen short-story collection, The Umbrella Man. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
This volume collects 11 of the master storyteller's short stories, many of which first appeared in Someone Like You, and also includes "The Surgeon," originally published in Playboy in 1986. Ages 12-up.
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In "the surgeon" a man is rewarded for his good nature, then his good fortune seems to reverse - and in the end, justice is served.
In "skin", Dahl critiques the materialistic nature of the art world... in a purely sick way! =)
In "my lady love, my dove", dahl shows a twist - the character's find out something unexpected - but then he shocks you again by their unexpected reaction.
"Skin" shows Dahl's ability to write for all ages... this is an adult collection of short stories, that makes an adult chuckle.
SKIN runs the gamut with strange tales about ordinary people --- the man who had his friend tattoo a picture of his wife on his back to find out, years later, it is worth a fortune; the 60-something man who runs into his childhood tormentor on the commuter rail, etc etc. All situations that COULD happen to you or someone you know .. thus making them all the more real and scary.
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Most recent customer reviews
love this novel and I have wanted it a while so I was glad to find it used and affordable. Arrived on time and in great condition.Published on Feb. 21 2014 by Lisa
Not easy to find any more adult Roald Dahl books. I was happy to find this one and at an inexpensive price too.Published on Dec 21 2013 by Daran Paige
Very good. Beyond words to describe..so i won't heheh =)
I liked it very much.
I really liked the stories in this book, they are very clever, but a bit dark. All my friends want to read it.
-From a 13-year-old girl
This was a bit of a shocker considering it is reccommended for young readers. Roald Dahl is Y2K's answer to Poe. His stories are sick and twisted and too deep for younger kids. Read morePublished on May 30 2002