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The complete short stories of Roald Dahl, 1944 – 1953 completed.

Although I should have guessed from the title I was surprised to read quite so many stories centred around the author’s wartime experience serving in the Royal Air Force. The stories were interesting but rather flat. Moving on to the later stories I was struck by the similarity to such writers as Evelyn Waugh or perhaps Graham Greene. Characters appeared to have been plucked from a class that the majority of readers would see as caricatures not actual living, breathing persons. These too seemed to stop rather abruptly with the chance to leave just a little too much to the mind of the reader. On the whole I felt rather short-changed at having to do all the work myself.