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Kiss Kiss Paperback – 4 Nov 1987

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Product details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin, Harmondsworth U.K.; Reprint edition (4 Nov. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140018328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140018325
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unnerving bedtime stories, subtle, proficient, hair-raising and done to a turn (San Francisco Chronicle)

Roald Dahl is one of the few writers I know whose work can accurately be described as addictive (Irish Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

From the publication of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the 1960s to his death in 1990, Roald Dahl became the most successful children’s author in the world. Nearly twenty years later, a fresh generation of children seek out his work with instinctive fanaticism. His creations endure - through Hollywood movies, theatre adaptations and musical works, but still most potently of all through the pure magic of his writing upon the page.


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By A Customer on 26 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the most enjoyable book I have read in a long while. Roald Dahl has a talent for writing original short stories, incorporating hints of subtle horror, humour and unexpected twists in each. Tales such as 'The Way up to Heaven' and 'William and Mary' are quite eerie but this is all part of the fun. Although you come to expect a twist towards the end of each story, they are not always obvious (the ending to the story 'Pig' was extremely suprising!) If you haven't read this, you're missing out on a group of thoroughly interesting and addictive stories.
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Dahl at his best is a master of subtle implication, 'show not tell,' allowing the reader to draw inferences that he or she might find macabre, or at least, uncomfortable. My favourite tale, 'The Landlady', is a classic example of this kind of understated horror, when the landlady of the title says," I stuff all my little pets myself when they pass away. Will you have another cup of tea?" At this point it has just dawned on the reader precisely what is going on in this story. The other better stories are about how adults punish or play tricks on each other, often for revenge or to change the power balance in a couple's relationship. 'Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat' is a deliciously neat example of this, and the one with 'Heaven' in the title.. Other stories are really morality tales against greed, where greedy individuals get their come-uppance. They can be reminiscent of the original versions of the gorier classic children's fairy tales by Grimm or Anderson, the versions before they got sanitised by a certain American film company. Into this category come 'Parson's Pleasure' - where Dahl takes the reader away just when he or she would want to know the protagonists's reaction - and 'The Champion of the World' . The latter is hilariously farcical at the end. However other stories were less satisfying. 'William and Mary' is just plain bizarre and the idea behind 'Pig' is really not that original. 'Georgy Porgy' made me think of the Robert Aickman story 'Niemandswasser' and Freudian mother-complexes, and my reaction to 'Royal Jelly' was. 'so what?' This book is a real mix.
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Amusing twist stories but as they have entered popular culture the majority of the twists are probably already known to you or are easy to guess (but that may be the skill of a master story teller letting you guess just before being told).

I was slightly annoyed that the last story is basically an abridged Danny Champion of the World with the names americanised.
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I first read Kiss Kiss over forty years ago but when I read it again recently it was as enjoyable as the first time. After all the kids' stuff that he wrote later, it is easy to forget what a good writer of adult books Dahl was.
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A great book of short stories, each one captures your imagination and keeps you guessing right to the end and beyond. Fantastic reading!
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By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2000
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Perverse, inventive and often downright morbid, kiss kiss will be a shock to those only ingratiated with the (rather brilliant) children's stories. Yes, it is true that after reading a few of these tales, the end twist becomes somewhat of an enevitability, but the sheer dynamism and imagination of Dahl's storytelling remains intoxicating.The truly scary William and Mary in particular is a story that will remain with me forever All in all, a sick, frieghtening and thoughourly brilliant collection of tales, from an author who must now be recognised as the greatest short-story writer of a generation.
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I was Fully absorbed in each story within few paragraphs. The way it was written and how it caused the story to unfold to me, so quickly, was just as entertaining as the content. it definitly in english to answer the reviewer who gave 1 star. Gets your heart going a little but nothing to give u nightmares.
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I felt that this book was disappointing. I remember being scared to death and disturbed by The Tales of the Unexpected on the television. Not this book it seemed really familiar and each story a little predictable. Didn't like the people in it and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Not my cup of tea at all!
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