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The Witches

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Book Summary of The Witches

I myself had two separate encounters with witches before I was eight years old. From the first I escaped unharmed, but on the second occasion I was not so lucky. Things happened to me that will probably make you scream when you read about them. That can't be helped. The truth must be told. The fact that I am still here and able to speak to you (however peculiar I may look) is due entirely to my wonderful grandmother.

My grandmother was Norwegian. The Norwegians know all about witches, for Norway, with its black forests and icy mountains, is where the first witches came from. My father and my mother were also Norwegian, but because my father had a business in England, I had been born there and had lived there and had started going to an English school. Twice a year, at Christmas and in the summer, we went back to Norway to visit my grandmother. This old lady, as far as I could gather, was just about the only surviving relative we had on either side of our family. She was my mother's mother and I absolutely adored her. When she and I were together we spoke in either Norwegian or in English. It didn't matter which. We were equally fluent in both languages, and I have to admit that I felt closer to her than to my mother.

About The Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to"a wonderful faraway place. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.The BFG is dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahls eldest daughter, Olivia, who died from measles when she was seven - the same age at which

Details of Book: The Witches (BSID:62490)

Book The Witches
Author Roald Dahl
ISBN 0141322640
ISBN-13 9780141322643, 978-0141322643
Binding Paperback
Publisher Puffin Books
Publishing Date 2009
Number of Pages 224
Language English
Dimensions 7.76 x 5.08 x 0.87 inches
Weight 204 grams

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Jessica May 08, 2007 review from Goodreads

Warning: Extremely Long Review and Childhood StorytellingWhen I was ten or eleven, I was sitting in the playground at summer camp, minding my own business and reading this book, when one of the playground supervisers came and asked me what I was reading. When I showed it to him, his eyes got wide...

Sherien February 06, 2010 review from Goodreads

So if you are used to reading fairy tales with witches that wear black cloaks, black hats, and ride a broom, check out Roald Dahl's witches for a different experience. His witches have square feet with no toes, bald head wearing a wig, wear gloves to hide their awful fingers, pupil that can chang...

sarafem March 08, 2008 review from Goodreads

I would love to know why I am the only person on the planet who did not like this book. I tried to find some bad reviews on GoodReads, but the only one and two star reviews said things like "Bad no like mousey! dlksk djglsk diewqls!" I'm assuming they were in a foreign language and not written by...

bp May 09, 2007 review from Goodreads

The way my life is recently, I'd be lucky to be able to finish reading the headline of the Post before having to attend to something else. So in the absense of any meaningful free time in my life, I will be reviewing books from years past, the glory days when I could actually curl up on the couch...

Anita September 20, 2011 review from Goodreads

â??The Witchesâ??, one of Road Dahlâ??s most popular tales, is about a young boy who gets turned into a mouse by the Grand High Witch of the entire world. Undeterred by this unfortunate turn of events, he goes on to steal the mouse-maker potion and turns all the witches of England into mice instead- sa...


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