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Susana reviews Man from the South and other stories

The title of the book is: “Man from de South and other stories”, and it was written by Roald Dahl. In the book, we can find seven classic short mystery stories. Although the stories are not connected to one another, all of them have incredibly ends and this aspect is the most I like about Roald Dahl’s tales.

The first and the most exciting one for me is “Man from the South”. The plot is about an elderly man who offers a boy his car if he can strike his lighter ten times in a row. The catch to it is that if the lighter does not light ten times in a row, the man will cut off the boy’s left little finger.

I have liked “The Landlady”, “Pig” and “The Vicar’s Pleasure” very much, too.

The characters remind me of those in Alfred Hitchcock’s films, and in all Dahl’s stories there are ironic and wry men or women who seem undefended and kind people. Sometimes this is true, like the boy in “Pig”; but in other ones, they are criminals, for example, the woman in “The Landlady”, the nurse in “Beware of the dog” or the old man in “An African Story”.

These stories make me be alert and keep my ears and eyes open to people, tricks and traps. We can also see how “clever” some people are, and how lucky or unlucky others are.

These are mystery stories, but on the other hand, they are also comedies because of the common mistakes and the cheats that the characters produce.

I think that Roald Dahl prefers young people because he describes them as innocent guys who are slaughtered by corrupt experience.

I had not read stories from this author before this one and I would recommend everybody this book. It lets you have a good time reading it.

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May 30, 2011 - Posted by | 2nd INT, BOOKS

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