Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
roald dahl's new book is a wonderful
collection of stories, most of which were
written in the late 1940s, originally published
in various magazines and collections
in the forties and fifties, and are gathered
here together for the first time. Set in one
English village and sharing a cast of characters,
these stories--each bearing the inimitable,
antic, slightly wicked Dahl touch--have
the vivid effect of a novel, giving us the larger
picture of this small world in the years just
after World War II. And leave it to Dahl to
find the most unusual, the eeriest, the funniest,
and the most shocking details lurking
inside this (or any) pastoral.
There's the ratcatcher who looks--and
acts--alarmingly like his quarry...the grand
backfiring of the greatest pheasant poaching
(a "sporting type of stealing") ever almost
pulled off...the strange disappearance--and
gruesome reappearance--of Ole Jimmy, the
elderly, sweet-tempered, tipsy playground
attendant...the comings and goings at the
illegal greyhound racetrack where the dogs
are far tamer than the bookies...the surprisingorigin
of the expression "bull's eye" (and
a lesson in assuring the sex of your cow's next
Seven stories that delight us with their
mixture of the charming and the charmingly
perverse, and that remind us--as only a
Roald Dahl story can--that the mystery of
life isn't always as sweet as it seems.
- 1989 Roald Dahl
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