Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life by Roald Dahl

Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life

byRoald DahlIllustratorJohn Lawrence

Paperback | April 1, 1991

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"Roald Dahl is one of the few writers I know whose work can accurately be described as addictive." -- Irish Times
 
The sweet scents of rural life infuse this beautifully crafted collection of Roald Dahl’s country stories, but there is always something unexpected lurking in the undergrowth. Whether it is taking a troublesome cow to be mated with a prime bull; dealing with a rat-infested hayrick; learning the ways and means of maggot farming; or describing the fine art of poaching pheasants using nothing but raisins and sleeping pills, Roald Dahl brings his stories of everyday country folk and their strange passions wonderfully to life. Lacing each tale with dollops of humor and adding a sprinkling of the sinister, Dahl ensures that this short story collection celebrates the sweet mysteries of life. 

"All the stories sparkle with vibrant characters, humorous dialogue, and sly rustic lore and cunning." -- Sunday Express
 
"A sophisticated account of village life. The rural characters are molded by Dahl’s dark, inquisitive imagination. Compelling and very funny." -- Time Out

About The Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began ...
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Title:Ah, Sweet Mystery Of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.46 inPublished:April 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140118470

ISBN - 13:9780140118476

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life Preface
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
Parson's Pleasure
The Ratcatcher
Rummins
Mr. Hoddy
Mr. Feasey
The Champion of the World

From Our Editors

Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life is a collection of seven hilariously creepy Roald Dahl stories published in various magazines and collections in the '40s and '50s, and gathered here for the first time. With the classic Dahl mixture of charm and charmingly perverse, these stories remind us that the mystery of life isn't always as sweet as it seems