More Tales Of The Unexpected Roald Dahl Book Review #12

I remember watching a few episodes of Tales Of The Unexpected when I was younger. I’m not sure how old I was but I suspect it wasn’t really supposed to watch it!

I can only remember one of the stories and I was happy to find that it was one that is in this book.

More Tales Of The Unexpected

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

– Poison
– The Sound Machine
– Georgy Porgy
– Genesis and Catastrophe
– The Hitch-hiker
– The Umbrella Man
– Mr Botibol
– Vengeance Is Mine Inc.
– The Butler

Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected is a delightfully dark collection of sixteen stories, each with a startling end. Among the unforgettable characters lurk the homicidal wife and her deadly leg of lamb, a conniving and lecherous wine connoisseur and the one-eyed brain at the mercy of his vengeful spouse. Tales of the Unexpected is an astonishing assortment of twisted treats from the master storyteller.

My Thoughts

Although the stories are very dated, I found myself enjoying most of them. I’ve always been a fan of Roald Dahl since as long as I can remember.

The one story I remember watching on the TV series is The Sound Machine. It’s about a man who invents a machine that records sounds we wouldn’t normally be able to hear. For example, he takes it out of his workshop and into the garden where his next door neighbour is busy cutting roses and putting them in a basket.

He puts on the earphones and hears a terrible scream like sound. At first, he doesn’t know where the sound is coming from but he soon works out that it’s the noise the roses are making as they’re being cut.

I remember watching the program and feeling incredibly guilty for picking daffodils from the roadside for my mum for Mother’s Day!

A couple of days after reading More Tales Of The Unexpected, I saw the first book in the charity shop and bought it. I figured even if I didn’t get around to reading it, it’s nice to have both books!

More tales of the unexpected by Roald Dahl

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  1. Sarah MumofThree World 31st March 2018 at 7:00 am

    I’ve never read any of Roald Dahl’s books for adults. This doesn’t sound like quite my cup of tea, but might make a nice change.

  2. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 28th March 2018 at 6:53 am

    How have I never heard of this? I love Roald Dahl. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  3. mumjd 27th March 2018 at 8:32 pm

    I didn’t realise that Roald Dahl had also written adult fiction as well as children’s. Another versatile author #readwithme

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