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Favourite work by Roald Dahl

Discussion in 'Book club' started by lanokia, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    So the BBC has been making some noise about the centenary of his birth coming up and Hollywood has the BFG coming out soon [though it isn't doing too well at the box office in the USA]...

    What's your favourite Roald Dahl... adult or children's book?

    Danny Champion of the World.
    .. loved this one as a kid...
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Roald Dahl 's work has never appealed to me - I may be in the minority here !
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  3. secretsiren

    secretsiren Star commenter

    Matilda every time. I read it hundreds of times as a child and I still love it.
    My son's favourite is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - he absolutely loves it.
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  4. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    I liked some of his "Tales of the Unexpected",but can't remember the exact titles.( I'm hearing the theme tune for the TV adapatation in my head whilst writing this!):)
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  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    That's odd because I'm hearing the tune as I read that post... :D
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  6. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    The only Roald Dahl book I was ever able to finish was Matilda. I thought I was the only person in the country indifferent to his work. I couldn't even bear to read them aloud to pupils.
  7. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

  8. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    I'll never get that tune out of my head all day now:D
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  9. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    I only really liked the 'Tales of The Unexpected'. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is ok.

    If you do like Tales of The Unexpected, then you should read Patricia Highsmith's Little Tales of Misogyny. :)
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  10. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    Thanks, I'll give this a go.
  11. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I like reading them aloud. There's a nice rhythm to them and the vocabulary isn't dumbed down. The Magic Finger was always my favourite as a child.
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  12. peggylu

    peggylu Star commenter

    In order of childhood scrumptiousness...imo...

    The Twits
    The Witches
    James and the Giant Peach
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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  13. freckle06

    freckle06 Lead commenter

    My little girl and I really enjoyed The Twits. There was a scarecrow festival last summer about 10 miles from us and someone had put the Twits in a tree with the birds - brilliant!
    I agree about the Magic Finger. I remember my brother, sister and I being given a box set of Roald Dahl books (although I thought he was Ronald, like my grandad). They were never big readers so I worked my way though all of the them and the Magic Finger was my favourite.

    As a teenager, I always liked the Tales of the Unexpected - The Man from the South is a good one.

    Such a good choice! The Giraffe,the Pelly and Me. Esio Trot! The list goes on...
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  14. GoGoTeacherArms

    GoGoTeacherArms Occasional commenter

    I love The Witches - I read it over and over again when I was younger, well before the film came out. Quentin Blake is also exceptional. I can't think of a Roald Dahl novel without remembering the Quentin Blake character illustrations :)
  15. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    Matilda has always been a favourite.

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