For me, the characters of this collection were the highlight.
Realism is not the aim; instead, they are often exaggerated and eccentric. This makes it seem almost as if the characters have a willful life of their own. The sheer variety of characters that Dahl gets under the skin of is impressive too, from impassioned lovers to staid solicitors.
It feels as if the author had such fun writing them! This quality of sheer pleasure in its creation runs throughout the entire collection. Favourite quote:. Personally, I mistrust all handsome men. The superficial pleasures of this life come too easily to them, and they seem to walk the world as though they themselves were personally responsible for their own good looks. Cover image courtesy of Goodreads. Have you read Skin and Other Stories?
Which story was your favourite? If not, do you have any other recommendations for short story collections I could try? Please do let me know in the comments — I would love to hear from you!
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Plot Given my initial enthusiasm, it may seem surprising that I have only given this book 3 stars. Characters For me, the characters of this collection were the highlight. Or do you find yourself working towards certain images you know belong in the story?
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I often do start with an image, so am very pleased to hear that some of them linger! In fact, I often feel guided by images. Has the process of writing short fiction changed for you over time?
Do you have a better sense of how to get to that final draft? My first book took seven years to complete, and the second took eight.
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Both times, there were stories that came quickly and easily, and stories that seemed to torture me for years. I wish that I had more sense of ease, but I find that my writing process is always very up-and-down. Sometimes I feel stuck and scared, and sometimes it flows wonderfully.
I decided that instead of being cautious, I would explore the theme in as many ways as I could conjure at the time.
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