By Roald Dahl
Published by Alfred A. Knopf
Copyright © 1977
I know Roald Dahl by his children’s stories like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, and “James and the Giant Peach”. All of these books are filled with characters who experience extraordinarily impossible things which stoke the fires of the imagination.
“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and Six More” is a collection of Dahl’s Short Stories that are aimed at an older audience. Whether it is a children’s novel or short stories for adults, Dahl has a penchant for writing the amazing. In these stories there is a boy who talks to animals, a fingersmith, a Roman treasure, a boy who flies home, and man who learns to see without his eyes. Some of the stories are funny and other tragic but all are amazing, or in some cases amazingly odd.
On the whole I enjoyed reading this book. However there was a story or two that I didn’t particularly care for. When Dahl writes a story with miserably rotten characters they usually get theirs in the end; which I like. In “The Swan” he breaks that tradition and doesn’t give me any real closure on the story. Otherwise I loved the stories. “The hitchhiker” was particularly humorous, and “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” was an interesting fictional story of character transformation. This is a nice read for young adults (12 and up) and adults.