Shades Of Words

The Best of Roald Dahl


‘The Umbrella Man’ was my introduction to the delightful world of Roald Dahl.  After that I never skipped a chance to read Roald Dahl book – and honestly, I did not like all of them equally. But I do believe that Roald Dahl is the master of short stories especially the creepy and macabre ones. ‘The Best of Roald Dahl’ is a collection of story that are outright creepy. You browse along happily page after page and then suddenly the tale twists and gets your skin crawling. While all of them are good , my favorites would be  ‘ Parson’s Pleasure’ the story of a rare antique collector  who cheats dull minded farm people of their rare furniture pieces and how he meets his match, ‘Taste’ the story of an arrogant wine taster and ‘Lamb to a slaughter’ – the story of a harmless wife turned murderer .

The others are good but some of them like ‘Pig’ , ‘Ratcatcher’ , ‘William and Mary’ are too graphic and icky for my liking. None of the stories are truly scaring – atleast not in the ghost-story kind of way which is good coz you can sleep at night.

Verdict : Highly recommended



Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

3 thoughts on “The Best of Roald Dahl

  1. hmmm…I kindof hate creepy stories although I dont mind reading some of the gothic books. I’ve come across so many of Ronald Dahl’s books but couldn’t bring myself to read them.

  2. Can I borrow this book? :d. Iv read Dahl’s Chocolate factory, Matilda , excellent reads

  3. Zoya – trust me you are missing a great writer
    Medha – Would have loved to lend this to you but its my sis-in-laws book and as a policy i dont further lend out already borrowed books 🙂

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