Monday, February 22, 2010

Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl

There are altogether 11 short stories in ‘Skin and Other Stories’. When reading any of Dahl’s stories, always expect to be startled, surprised and satisfied! In this collection, I especially enjoyed ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, ‘Galloping Foxley’, ‘The Wish’, and ‘The Surgeon’. ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ tops this list. It’s about this lady, who killed her husband with a big frozen leg of lamb and got away with it. I shan’t reveal more than that, as it’d give away the twist of the story.

If you’ve read ‘Boy’ you’d have noticed that he relates some of his childhood experience in ‘Galloping Foxley’. William Perkins thinks that he saw one of his ex school bully in a train he frequents on. He contemplates on approaching this man and thinks of what to say when he does. I really liked how Dahl builds his suspense in this story :)

‘The Surgeon’ is one of the most entertaining! A doctor recently saves the life of a Saudi Arabian prince, who rewards him with a very, very large diamond. Excited about it, the doctor rushes home to show it to his wife. They don't know what to do about it and where to keep it, as they will be going away for the weekend. In the end, they decide to keep it in a place they thought safest (I don’t wanna tell where haha). When they return, they are shocked to see that their home has been broken into. Did the thieves manage to steal their diamond? This story is a must read!

Price: RM26.00 (Popular bookstore)
Verdict: 3.5/5

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