Step out from the barricade with your hands in the air!
Tanaquil2 at aol.com
Tanaquil2 at aol.com
Tue Dec 14 00:11:06 EST 1999
In a message dated 12/13/99 6:35:55 PM Eastern Standard Time,
sodgers at hotnet.net.au writes:
>Sallyo. (cowering behind the abrricades because all you lot will throw
>bombs at me!)
You may well cower! How DARE you have an opinion of your own??? ;)
Actually, I did take the bio with a pinch of salt, knowing his
tendency to--shall we say--exaggerate? Especially when he opens by saying
that it's all true. But even allowing for poetic license and downright
lying, there was enough of a feeling of telling it how it was (I'm thinking
mostly about the headmaster of Repton part) to make me think, "Well, no
wonder" about his stories. I shall have to go and read it again with more
attention, and think again.
>I upset a whole class of children once... they asked me my opinion of Dahl
>and I gave it. They were shocked. They told me it was All True because
>they'd read his autobiography (or else talked to a friend whose friend had
So young, so innocent.
>They told me Dahl had had a terrible childhood. I asked them
>who said so? And they said It Was In The Book.
You know, it's strange, but I never thought of him as having a
terrible childhood. Some sad things happened I suppose. But what I chiefly
remember is a sort of feeling of him just telling what happened; sort of
observations about how cruel people can be just because they are in a
position to get away with it. And that rang true to me. But I didn't feel
sorry for him, because he didn't seem to feel that sorry for himself. And
the other weird thing--and this is off the point--I could hear his voice in
my head as I read. I don't know if you've ever heard any of his recordings
of his stories, but he has a very distinctive voice, and I read the whole
book hearing his voice in my mind instead of my own 'mental voice' if you
know what I mean. Weird.
bye for now!
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