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Skin And Other Stories

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Skin And Other Stories

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Roald Dahl
publisher:
Viking
genre:
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it an A

Although this collection of previously published stories was compiled for teenagers graduating to adult fiction, Skin and Other Stories will also seduce grown-ups with its nefariously nimble wit. Roald Dahl, who wrote both short stories and children’s books (notably Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), was a champion of ingenious pranks and revealing deceptions. In ”Lamb to the Slaughter” — famously adapted as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1958 — a jilted wife kills her husband, then cooks and serves police the murder weapon, a frozen leg of lamb. ”The Champion of the World,” also filmed, follows two imaginative poachers who drug, steal, and hide pheasants in a baby carriage — until the the birds wake up, take flight, then alight near the thieves like a feathery indictment. Skin and Other Stories is a posthumous treat from a devilishly funny author. A