Monday, September 16, 2013

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Trunchbull is no match for Matilda!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
"About The Author"
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for $900, and propelled him into a career as a writer. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalised article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.

His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.

He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You; in 1959, for the story The Landlady; and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on "Skin".
I had first read this book when I was a kid and loved it. This is funny and enjoyable story of a little girl Matilda. Dahl is an exceptional writer, his children books are interesting and children learn a lot from them. This book has many funny scenes. Even now I enjoyed it as much as I had before.
Matilda comes from a not-so-good family and while reading you can't help but think that her parents are stupid who hate her and neglect her.
"I'm big, you are small, I'm right, you are wrong and there is nothing you can do about it."
But she is brilliant, very intelligent child and what more, she loves reading. Its her retreat and having an advanced mind she is able to learn more than one would expect from a 4 or 5 year old child. Then she went to school and met evil Miss Trunchbull, who scares her at first but she was no match for Matilda because Matilda has the ability to move things with her mind, which she uses to scare Miss Trunchbull.
This book is a humorous take on dysfunctional families and evil elders and it gives us the best moral of all, reading books can help you overcome anything. So,
Happy Reading Readers!! ;)