My second double feature will look at two books by and about Roald Dahl,the famous British children's writer. As a child, I read many of his books, like The BFG, The Witches, and Fantastic Mr Fox, so now I decided to read some of his adult stories as well as a collection of letters which he sent to his mother between 1925 and 1965. This could be interesting!
Love From Boy
Many thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for granting me access to a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When I was a child, Roald Dahl was the greatest children's writer in the world. I also enjoyed his two autobiographical works, Boy and Going Solo; two amazing tales of growing up in Britain between the wars and then his work during the Second World War. This collection of letters, compiled and edited by Donald Sturrock, written to Dahl's mother, showcase his talented imagination from a young age.
This is something that is difficult to review. The letters are carefully recreated, including original spelling errors etc, and presented with a lot of photographs. It really is just one side of the conversation as his mother's letters have not been found, but you can really tell that she encouraged Roald to write and to use his mind.
I think it is a collection for any fan of Roald Dahl. It is interesting and enlightening to see the things he got up to whilst growing up.
Star rating: 4 from 5
Now, Dahl's children's books are not exactly positive in their view of some adults. All the bad guys are grown ups looking to cause misery or death to the main character...except in The BFG where you could argue that the grown giants were adults. However, these stories are rather sinister and dark, as well as sometimes fun and humourous.
The writing is clearly similar to that in the children's books, but the plots are all grim and paint a picture of the insanity of life and belief. They are both wonderful and horrifying at the same time! My favourites include a story called Pig, and another about the rather musical cat with similarities to a famous composer.
Overall, a great read, for fans and new readers alike.
Star rating: 4 from 5