Friday, 1 March 2013

''The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Short Stories''- Book review

Author: Roald Dahl
Genres: Short story collection

Rating: 3 out of 5

Book review

I have mixed feelings about this short story collection by Roald Dahl. First of all, a few of the stories are extra-ordinary and highly impressive. Some stories were just good. And a few were disappointing. 

The stories, except perhaps Katina, are all bizarre, strange, some are macabre, some are filled with dark humor. The titular story, ''The Great Automatic Grammatizator'', is a sci-fi type of story about a young inventor who invents a machine which can produce great stories within minutes, and he and his boss start making money by selling the stories they produced with the machine. This story was quite good.

But my most favorite stories in this collection were ''The Landlady'' and ''The Umbrella Man''. ''The Landlady'' is perhaps the only genuinely horror story in this collection. ''The Umbrella Man'' is another weird story about a man, who, on a rainy day, in return of just cab fare, gives his umbrella to a woman and her daughter. But what happens next is simply surprising and unexpected.

 A story I found extremely unsatisfactory were The Butler. It looked promising at first, but then the overall story displeased me.

In conclusion, this story story collection by Roald Dahl is filled with strange stories: some are good, a few are bad. You can read this if you like Roald Dahl. 

3 out of 5

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