lørdag den 5. februar 2011

Roald Dahl, Kiss, Kiss (1959)

In January I read two "crime novels published before 2000" for my Danish reading challenge.
In February we have to read at least one collection of short stories so I have picked up this collection of the late British writer Roald Dahl´s short stories. I am sure many of you know him already either for his children´s books or for crime stories such as "Lamb to the Slaughter".

The first story in the Danish edition (with five stories only) is "The Way Up to Heaven". In this fine little story Mrs Foster is going abroad to visit her daughter. She is almost driven to distraction, however, as it is of the utmost importance for her never to be late, but her husband just doesn´t care. Or is it possible that he enjoys watching her growing frustration? Vintage Roald Dahl!

NB: remember, you have the chance to win an e-book until Sunday night


Roald Dahl, Kispus (1978).
I januar læste jeg to krimier fra før 2000 som en del af Bogudfordringen 2011. I februar skal der læses novellesamling, så jeg hev en samling Roald Dahl-historier ned fra hylden. Mange af jer kender ham sikkert, enten for "Charlie og Chokoladefabrikken", eller for hans finurlige kriminoveller.

Den første historie er Himmelstigen. Mrs Foster, som nærmest er besat af at komme til tiden, skal på et længere besøg hos sin datter i Paris, men som sædvanlig bliver hendes mand ved med at trække tiden ud. Er han bare et smøl, eller kan det tænkes, han nyder at se sin kones voksende ængstelse?

Førsteklasses Roald Dahl-historie!

9 kommentarer:

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - Oh, thanks for mentioning Roald Dahl. What a talented writer. I loved Lamb to the Slaughter, so I'm glad you mentioned that one. You are reminding me that it's been too long since I read his work...

Beth F sagde ...

I haven't read Kiss, Kiss -- the first story sounds like a good one.

Dorte H sagde ...

Margot: the slaughter story is used quite a lot in English anthologies for high school students in Denmark - well-deserved, I´d say.

Beth: though it is longer than a flash story, it has that surprising twist I like very much.

Clarissa Draper sagde ...

I haven't read any of Dahl's adult books but I want to.

Dorte H sagde ...

Clarissa: his stories are very different, but several are first class.

Kelly sagde ...

Dahl is one of those authors I'm almost ashamed to admit I've never read!

Dorte H sagde ...

Kelly: I think it would be quite easy to find some of his collections of short stories in the library so if you really want to, it would probably be very easy to remedy that ;D

Julia Smith sagde ...

I suspect my husband has a copy of that anthology. He loves them, and it looks strangely familiar.

Dorte H sagde ...

Julia: it is a memorable cover, isn´t it? I preferred this one because my Danish cover doesn´t signal suspense at all.