Roald Dahl was a British writer, poet, novelist, and wartime fighter pilot. He was born on September 13, 1916. He grew up in Wales, however, both his parents are from Norway. During World War II, he serves in Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot, then an intelligence officer and finally as a commander.
Before the war started, Dahl was known as a great writer for children and adults. He was known for his children books like James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, and George’s Marvellous Medicine. While his book Tales of the Unexpected were for adult readers.
He was under criticism when he said “I am not anti-Sematic, I am anti-Israel”. Author Eleanor Cameron also criticised Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as racist due to presenting Oompa-Loompas as African slaves. Both issues marked Dahl as racist. His work was also called misogynistic for choosing “evil, domineering, smelly, fat, ugly women” as his favourite villain.
Dahl received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and British Book Awards in 1983. He married the American Actress Patricia Neal in 1953 and they had five children together who became inspiration in some of his books.
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ROALD DAHL QUOTES & CAPTIONS
Roald Dahl has been named as one of the greatest authors and today his works are celebrated and appreciate in small and big screens and even in theater. Here are the most popular quotes from Roald Dahl. Check out this wall poster of one of Dahl’s quotes.
“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
“Grown-ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.”
“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.”
“Kindness – that simple word. To be kind, it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.”
“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall. Then fill the shelves with lots of books.”
“Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours, and nothing is fabulous anymore.”
“Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
On the 23rd of November 1990, at the age of 74, Roald Dahl passed away from a rare cancer of the blood. He is currently resting in a Church cemetery in England. His granddaughter confirmed that he was given a somewhat Viking funeral.
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