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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar Paperback – May 1 2000
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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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
BIG DAN's OVERALL RATING - 8.9/10
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I don't know why this book is not better known by teachers. I think it is one of the best read-aloud books ever!!Published 6 months ago by rhea
My kids love this book. Roald Dahl is a great writer if children's book. I recommend his books for young readers.Published on Jan. 7 2013 by HSid
I loved Roald Dahl books as a child but I recently realized that I still haven't read a lot of his work. Read morePublished on May 30 2011 by Reader Writer Runner
As far as I'm concerned, this book should be reachable on every child's bookshelf (and by the way - every child should have a bookshelf). Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by B. Baskin
this is the only story i have read from the book so far, having just read it this last saturday to my 7 year old cousing before he drifted off to sleep. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by David Z
These 7 stories are the best stories you will ever read! This Book includes The Boy
Who Could Talk To Animals,The Hitchhiker,The Mildenhall Treasure,The Swan,The Wonderful... Read more
The best book ever!!! OMG I love this book soooo much! It's just my favorite book of all time, I dunno know if it's because I'm a Roald Dahl fanatic, but I love this book!!!...Published on March 23 2003 by Aly
If you like Dahl, you'll probably like this book a lot, but if not, you may not appreciate it. I thought that they were good stories in general if not incredibly well-written, but... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2002
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