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With a childhood that revolved around books, the fact
that I hero-worship the brilliant author Roald Dahl should come as
I remember those colorful little books on m...
With a childhood that revolved around books, the fact that I hero-worship the brilliant author Roald Dahl should come as no surprise.
I remember those colorful little books on my shelf, the pages crinkled and stained with the touch of a grubby childs fingers. Matilda, Charlie and the chocolate factory, The BFG, James and the giant Peach, Witches, and oh so much more. Squiggly illustrations on one page and words to make me squeal with giggles on another. My childhood nightmares inspired by the bad guys in the books still creep upon me in those unwary moments of silence.
There would always be a portrait image of Dahl grinning away at the back of the book. With it was a little insight into the writers life. His cabin with the yellow door where he wrote all his stories, his favorite dish of shrimp and all those little things that made me paint an image of him as a superior benevolent genius.
This man, as I found out through a little research, has indeed done things that have mere mortals cringing. As an RAF pilot during the Great War, he flew many missions with just as many close calls with death. If thats not fascinating enough, he was also an intelligence agent.
Dahl was of Norwegian descent (the country pops up many times in his works) but spent a childhood in England. He recalls his days of misery in boarding schools where he was terrorized by bossy and abusive teachers and older students. There arose his contempt for men who abused their positions of power. The chocolate manufacturing company, Cadbury would send samples to his school for tasting and there stems his love for the sweet world of cocoa. The chocolate factory book puts into words his own dreams.
Did I mention he also helped invent valve to help children with a condition called hydrocephalia?
Roald Dahl, after his death, was buried with snooker cues, some of his favorite burgundy, chocolates, HB pencils and a power saw. Children still visit his grave to leave behind chocolate and treats to commemorate the memory of this great man.