Taste and other tales by Roald Dahl
This is a collection of short stories by Roald Dahl. I have chosen to tell about my three favourites. The first one is Taste. It is about two men who both claim to be good wine connoisseurs, and they have an old habit of placing bets about who knows which wine is being served. On this occasion, their stakes have gone out of hand and one has bet two houses and the other one has bet his own daughter. What they don’t know is that one of them has already been out checking the label of the wine bottle, and of course this results is his winning the bet. One of the servants has noticed this, and the cheating is revealed. The second one is called The leg of lamb. It tells us about a married couple where the man is a police officer and the woman is a loving housewife. One night, when he returns from work, he acts very strangely, and later on he tells her that he wants a divorce because he is having an affair with another woman. The woman gets shocked, and pretends not to have listened. She goes down to the basement to get some food for supper, and she picks up a leg of lamb. Finally, she hits her husband on the head with the frozen leg of lamb, and when the police officers arrive to make investigations about the murder, she offers them the lamb for supper. The third one is Birth and fate. It is a simple short story about a woman having her fourth child. The other three has died at young age, and she is very afraid that this one will suffer the same destiny. It later appears that the newborn baby is no one less than Adolf Hitler.
There is one thing in common with all short stories in this collection. They all have a twist in the tail. We can also notice that many of the characters are ordinary and respectable on the surface, but many of them have an unexpectedly dark and cruel side to their personalities. In Taste a harmless guessing game between two lovers of good wine suddenly becomes deadly serious. In the beginning, it is...
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