Book Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl
I can’t say that I was a gung ho Roald Dahl fan when I was a kid. I did enjoy Witches, Revolting Rhymes, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I barely got through The BFG and never touched the chocolate factory even though I enjoy the movie. I guess I liked a lot of his books, but I remember books like the Ramona series more fondly.
This collection of short stories is for adults. By far my favorite was the title story. One thing that Roald Dahl does tremendously well is create entire worlds in his stories. Suspension of disbelief isn’t a task at all—you just do it. At one point, I was believing that I, too, could see through cards if only I practiced long enough.
Dahl mostly wrote for kids and has only a few adult books. He mostly wrote fiction, but in this collection, you’ll find three non-fiction stories. My least favorite: “Lucky Break: How I Became a Writer,” because it makes me feel like my attempt to write is in vain. As if what I really need is to fall into writing, not jump. Dammit.
Read it if you’re over the age of 13 and enjoyed reading about foxes, chocolate factories, and boys living in giant peaches.