When I picked this up, I was expecting this collection of short stories that contained gruesome turns with grizzly ends for characters. I was not, however, expecting the macabre, sinister tone that permeated the tales – they are frighteningly dark and stay lodged in the imagination long after reading.
Then again, they still have the famous Roald Dahl touch – strong narratives and unforgettable characters. Most unforgettable of all is Pig, the story of a sheltered vegetarian called Lexington who ventures into the world only to find a cruel and dangerous fate awaits him.
I finished this over a series of short tube journeys and found it perfect fodder for travel reading thanks to the wickedly absorbing, pithy tales. Just don’t expect them to be similar to the Roald Dahl stories you read as a child.