A few years ago, I was listening to one of Roald Dahl's fabulous stories from his "Tales of the Unexpected" series. Unfortunatly, at the time I was driving and lost reception on the radio at the time, so I've been left in a cliff hanger for a few years and I'm hoping someone out there will no the name of the story...
All I can remember is a man was in a cupboard or a wardrobe.. He was locked in, and couldn't get out. I have flicked through several of RD's stories and can't find it... Does this ring a vague bell with anyone? And if so, what story is it, and why on earth was the man locked in the cupboard in the first place?!
Thanks in advance!
I'd heard about these banned illustrations, but hadn't seen them until I came across this old Japanese publication of the book, thought it might be interesting to others as well.
The evolution of this children's book in relation to society implores further consideration in many ways, including this one. Personally, I'm very impressed with how Tim Burton kept this original concept in tact while avoiding an immediate
comparison to African-American slaves (the singing and crates being especially provocative in that regard).
The first movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facatory
, used the infamous orange/white/green complexions to deliberately avoid potential accusations/objections of racism. Later publications changed the appearance of the workers to be extremely Northern European looking, resembling closer the idea of fairies, Leprechauns or elves. At this point, I'd say they've become a melange of all these concepts but their origin is indicative of history and therefore shouldn't be forgotten. Oompa-Loompa-Doopitty-doo!
I was reading some articles online today and came across this one
on NPR about a Belgian tattoo artist who literally sold the skin off another man's back. Well, actually the purchaser has the rights to remove the image after the man's death.
Anyway, I recalled a Roald Dahl story that I read years ago called "Skin" (1952), which has eerie similarities. I won't give it away, in case some haven't read it, needless to say I have the creeps just thinking about it.
Hello, by the way, as this is my first post! I'm a big fan of Roald Dahl's stories for adult readers because they seem to live on that thin line between disturbing and thought-provoking. I became a vegetarian shortly after reading "Pig" (1959) and I think that if I ever live in a place that allows cats I will surely name mine Liszt. ;)
I would like to be 10
for one day and have all the time in the world, free from chores, just to read Dahl favourites. Read and read.
And do this again, another day.
And another day.
That's the real childhood, for me.
SNOZZCUMBERS FOR EVERYONE~!