In Over to You, ten terrifying tales of life as a wartime fighter pilot are told by the master of the short story, Roald Dahl.During the Second World War Roald Dahl served in the RAF and even suffered horrific injuries in an air crash in the Libyan desert Drawing on his own experiences as a fighter pilot, Dahl crafted these ten spine tingling stories of air battles in the sky of the nightmare of being shot down the infectious madness of conflict and the nervy jollity of the Mess and Ops room.Dahl brilliantly conveys the bizarre reality of a wartime pilot s daily existence, where death is a constant companion and life is lived from one heartbeat to the next One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation The Times The great magician SpectatorRoald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many classics for children, also wrote scores of shortstoriesfor adults These delightfully disturbing tales have often beenfilmedand were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl s Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson Roald Dahl s stories continue to make readers shiver today....
|Title||:||Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying (Penguin Modern Classics)|
|Publisher||:||Penguin 7 Januar 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||490 Pages|
|File Size||:||981 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying (Penguin Modern Classics) Reviews
If you have read Dahl's war time memories as a young flying officer - "Going solo" - you will know that he experienced - and survived - a lot of scarcely believable situations. He was a boy with imagination before to be sure, but perhaps these incredible experiences pushed his fantasy even more so that he could become the author of "Kiss kiss" and other strange but fascinating stories.The story collection "Over to you" tell episodes of the RAF pilots during WW II - most of them settled in Greece, Syria or Africa, but some of them also in France or Holland. Some of them, more laconic, come close to the concise, but impressive style of Hemingway, especially the short dialogues. He roughly sketches the persons in some words; pilots, Greek peasants, African farmers, but after these few words they stand before your eyes, and you know them - or you believe to know them. Most of the stories aren't funny, but queer in the well known Dahlish style, and sometimes turn to the unexpected. Strangely enough even when you may guess the end you're gripped till the last word.In a way, the narrations seem to be more tragic than the real events in "Going solo": reading his memories you know that Dahl will survive, but you also know that the storyteller of "Death of an old man" won't. Despite their oddity the stories give an impression how harsh and cruel life was to be lived during the war.
Over to You is one of the few books I've read that have actually kept me truly in suspense. Each one of the ten stories were unlike eachother, yet still contained the great quality. The book's reality is increased with the knowledge that it was written by a man who participated in World War II. The ironic twist and unspected ending make it a great read. Take my word,"Buy this book!"
Roald Dahl is a great author with a wonderfully wicked sense of humor and take on life. I have another collection of his short stories and was sad to discover this short little collection had one of the stories from my larger collection. The stories contained in this collection show a side of Dahl not always seen, a more serious side without the wicked twists that are always enjoyable in his stories. The collection is short, and left me wanting more written in this style that is somehow different, yet still has Dahl's voice.
Roald Dahl wrote many childrens books, but his stories for adults are priceless.
And really, my title says it all. There's no question that Dahl could write and write well. Add this ability to the fact that he was a fighter pilot during the war, and his stories all take on a ring of truth that impressed me very much.
Fantastic stories ! They all give clear messages that we do not want war ! All the stories are beautiful and terrible at the same time if that is possible !
Roald Dahl never fails to please.