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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (May 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141304707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141304700
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Few modern writers have attracted such an appreciative audience among adults and children as Dahl. . . . All the tales are entrancing inventions." —Publishers Weekly

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If you could see with your eyes closed, how would you use your power? That's what Henry has to decide in "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,"one of the seven stories in this extra-ordinary collection. In addition to imaginative and magical tales, this book also contains the true story of how Roald Dahl became a writer, as well as a copy of the very first nonfiction story he wrote for The Saturday Evening Post. Packed with wit and adventure, the collection is a clever mix of fantasy and reality -- and a stunning showcase of Dahl's prose. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A recent discussion with several friends left me fending off accusations that the only material I read or watch pertains to the horror genre. I had some difficulty convincing these misguided souls that I do indeed like to read literature and watch films that don't contain a masked maniac. Exhibit A in my defense is Roald Dahl's "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More," a book I adored as a child and one that fully deserves to sit alongside the author's better known "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach." Dahl the man had an interesting life; he worked in the oil business in Africa before joining the RAF during World War II to fight the Luftwaffe. Injuries incurred from a plane crash briefly sidetracked Dahl's military career, but eventually gave the world something to sing about because it directly led to the beginning of his writing career. You get all of this information from one of the stories in the book, but Dahl's fiction deservedly receives the most attention. Fortunately, we get a lot of that here too. Roald Dahl died in 1990.
The non-fiction pieces here are wonderful. His first story, "A Piece of Cake," is here, along with an account of how Dahl became a writer. Entitled "Lucky Break," this story is really a short autobiography of the writer from his early school days through his war experiences. The sections outlining his years at one of England's public schools should be read by anyone who thinks American places of learning are terrible. English public schools, Dahl writes, are actually very private academies devoted to the total education of their pupils. During the writer's childhood, this meant harsh, rigid discipline of a type usually seen in the military.
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This is a great book. There are seven stories each one as fun and interesting as the next.
In the first book entiled the The Boy Who Talked to Animals a man goes to Jamaica and as he was sitting on his balcony several fisherman bring up a turtle. Now you may be thinking so they bring in a turtle so what. Well heres what. This was no ordinary turtle. It was atleast five ft. long and four ft. across and a big crowd of hotel guests had come to stare at this magnificent creature. In this crowed of people was a certain very special boy, the boy who talked with animals. He begs everyone to let the turtle go as here kneels down and hugs it. What happens after that is for you to find out.
In the next story entitled The Hitchhiker a man pickes up a hitchhiker who turned out to be a fingersmith (also known as pickpocket). The man drives too fast and is pulled over what happens next is for you to find out.
The next story is The Mildenhall Treasure which is a true story - in fact one of the only true stories that Roald Dahl has ever written. He wrote this story because it was so interesting that he just had to. This true tale takes place in 1946. This story is about a treasure found and a man who lost a great oppertunity. Read this story and you wont be dissapointed.
The Swan is a story about two child thugs Ernie and Raymond who go hunting and find bird wathcing Peter Watson. The two boys tourture Peter and kill a swan while their at it. Does Peter get shot? Does he live or die? find out in Roald Dahls The Swan.

After this is a story about a man named Henry Suger. In this story Henry reads a story about a indian man who learned to see without his eyes.
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I read this book when I was 12 years old, and now again 20 years later. These are the types of short stories that immediately suck you in...entertaining fiction with just enough reality thrown in to make you think that some of the things that happen really ARE possible.
Dahl does a marvelous job with his story-in-story-in-story styles on all five of his works. The other two are his personal accounts of how he became a writer and the original text of his first non-fiction publication, "Piece of Cake."
I highly recommend this book for just about any reader. I don't want to give the stories away in this review, but the one thing I will say is that except for the two pieces I mentioned above and the "Mildenhall Treasure" story, NONE OF THE PEOPLE OR CHARACTERS IN THE STORIES ARE BASED ON ANYTHING REAL, despite Dahl's convincing rhetoric to the contrary. It is all COMPLETELY made up. I remember being left wondering for years if Henry Sugar was actually a real person, or even based on a real person, and it was a long time before I finally learned the real truth that he is completely fictitious.
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Roald Dahl's popular short stories introduces a new generation of readers to his engaging writing style and unique brand of humor. The seven stories included in this volume are--"The Boy Who Talked with Animals," "The Hitchhiker," "The Mildenhall Treasure," "The Swan," "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar," "Lucky Break: How I Became a Writer," and "A Piece of Cake: First Story-1942." This wonderful collection of stories offers a clever mix of fantasy and reality--from a young boy who rescues a giant sea turtle and a plowman who discovers a unique treasure to a cunning hitchhiker who picks pockets and a wealthy man who learns how to read cards and donates all of his winnings to several orphanages. In addition to memorable characters and creative plots, this book also contains the story of how Roald Dahl became a writer, as well as a copy of the very first nonfiction story he wrote for the Saturday Evening Post. Packed with wit and sarcasm, this book truly represents the best of Dahl. He's a gifted writer with a knack for telling outrageous stories and creating unforgettable scenarios. Young adults and adults will treasure this book.
BIG DAN's OVERALL RATING - 8.9/10
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