Most of us know Roald Dahl for his imaginative children’s books- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fastastic Mr. Fox and so on.
Several years ago I was first exposed to Tales of the Unexpected, a collection of short stories he wrote mainly in the 1940s, and was pleasantly surprised by his fiction for adults. All of the darkest elements of his children’s stories come together in poignant, funny tales of life and death and self-ruin.
His collections of short stories for adults demonstrate the same creativity as his chidren’s books, but combined with a mature, sinister realism and sharp wit. His sardonic tales of irony and just deserts are contemplative, but still entertaining, light reads.
If you’re into short stories, Roald Dahl is a master. This ain’t your granpappy’s chocolate factory.