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Kiss Kiss [PDF / EPUB] Kiss Kiss In these dark disturbing stories Roald Dahl explores the sinister side of human nature the cunning sly selfish part of each of us that leads into the territory of the unexpected and unsettlingOriginal In these dark disturbing stories Roald Dahl explores the sinister side of human nature the cunning sly selfish part of each of us that leads into the territory of the unexpected and unsettlingoriginally published in Kiss Kiss brings together of Roald's macabre adult tales William and Mary was later adapted for Roald's American television series 'Way Out and several of the stories appeared in British television adaptations for the series Tales of the Unexpected in the s Also included here is The Champion of the World the first time Roald wrote about the man who would go on to become Danny's dad in Danny the Champion of the WorldThe stories featured in Kiss Kiss are The LandladyWilliam and MaryThe Way up to HeavenParson's PleasureMrs Bixby and the Colonel's CoatRoyal JellyGeorgy PorgyGenesis and CatastropheEdward the ConuerorPigThe Champion of the World roalddahlcom.


10 thoughts on “Kiss Kiss

  1. says:

    Slowly the final plot twist is coming closer the reader waits for the revelation and a „bam in your face“ solution offers a final thrill In each freaking short storyI don´t read many short stories I mean who does and so it´s uite subjectively that I find this funny weird strange and frightening little story hybrids very entertaining One of the main reasons I don´t read short stories is that procrastinating as I am avoid any unnecessary move and beginning a novel is always a bit similar to ugh work as one has to remember some elements to get in the story except in the rare cases of true masters of the artBut those stories are so easy to access so full of interesting thoughts about human nature so clever and complex in their minimalism leaving the reader with the thought that this could probably really happen somewhere and what a strange place the minds of many human beings must be It´s the deep cynicism the darkness close to misanthropy that makes Dahls´work uniue that shatters any positive worldview by taking general pictures and especially intimate relationships with family members and loved ones to crush the illusion of normality and happiness with terror and madness I would deem this stories worthy to be used in psychological lectures or the Behavioral Analysis Unit in uantico for profiles of serial killers One of the reasons for Dahls´ view on humankind might have been his experiences as a fighter pilot in WW2 and well that he is right Nothing against some kind of people in general as long as I don´t have any contact with them they are acceptable and this sarcastic and disturbing kind of storytelling totally shows how such complex machinery like the human mind can easily go haywireI want to read about and of the hidden darkness lurking in his children´s books possibly comparing the English and German version to see how much subliminal messaging towards showing the true hidden faces of adults may be waiting to be found The I think about it the details in the movies and novels come to mind that seem to be than just characterization and comic relief a preparation and training camp for a world filled with special peopleTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue


  2. says:

    Finally a short story collection by Dahl that didn't send me running for the hillsTo put this into context I've already read The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Switch Bitch and both were disturbing and misogynistic Kiss Kiss was marginally better Without further ado here is Dahl's most macabre collection of short storiesThe Landlady A young man excitedly moves to a new city for his job He finds a lovely little bed and breakfast run by a dotty old woman who dabbles in taxidermy I'm sure you can surmise what happened next Sometimes it is worth it to spend the extra uidWilliam and Mary Mary spent her entire married life belittled and bullied by her husband Every purchase was scrutinized and every decision even to turn on the telly was uestioned Her husband on his deathbed makes a rash decision and unfortunately lives to regret itThe Way Up to Heaven In a somewhat similar vein to the previous novel Mr Foster delighted in antagonizing his wife He deliberately made her late to every single occasion knowing how stressed and upset she would become simply because he liked to watch her suirm Let's just say that he will no be bothering his poor wife againParson's Pleasure Mr Boggis does what any self respecting antiue dealer does he dresses up as a parson to swindle poor farmers out of their ancient and expensive furniture He has it down to an absolute art This terrible fellow is about to get the shock of a lifetimeMrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat Found the misogynistic one Mrs Bixby is one of many American females who have found a way to cheat the system by taking advantage of poor men they marry divorce and live on the alimony Robbing these men of the livelihoods and youth Sigh Anyway there's a mink coat involved and some rather dubious behavior on both sides of this marriageRoyal Jelly Found the disturbing one New parents Albert and Mabel worry over their little one She hasn't eaten nearly enough and her little ribs are sticking out Well Mabel worries and Albert blusters and bumbles about talking over and around her worries constantly He eventually 'solves' the problem but this leaves Mable absolutely horrifiedGeorgy Porgy Georgy always loved his mother A freak accident involving cannibalistic rabbits and a catastrophic car accident left Georgy with one very dead mother and one very large fear of women So he becomes a man of God only to discover that all the lascivious and horny women follow him everywhere At one point he pitted sex starved male rats and female rats against each other Genesis and Catastrophe A True Story Baby Hitler anyone? Literally just a snippet of Hitler's momdad and his birth Marginally confused to the point of this oneEdward the Conueror Louisa found a stray cat who had a very peculiar reaction to music Upon a bit of testing she starts to believe that this cat contained to reincarnated soul of one of her favorite musicians Liszet Louisa's husband Edward finds this absolutely ridiculous and constantly berates his wife All it took was one late meal one meal in which Louisa is happily cooking up a treat for the cat rather than her husband for Edward to absolutely snapPig A boy tragically loses his parents and is raised by his Aunt Glosspan who despite being eccentric loves this child with all her heart The boy uickly excels under her homeschooling and rises with particular gusto under her cooking tutelage A firm animal lover Aunt Glosspan raises both of them to be vegetarian Upon her death the boy sets off to see the world and learns of long porkThe Champion of the World This is an earlier version of Danny the Champion of the World which I adore In this version we have a mechanic and his poaching friend While we still have the same main plot outlined the Danny version is so so much better The 2018 ABC Challenge K YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  3. says:

    Looking for some deviously funny cautionary tales riddled with delightfully diabolical twists?Well here be eleven goodies to amuse and entertain youYou will learn to beware of old ladies bearing tea to be kind to your wife or she will totally screw up your afterlife to never bilk idiots and that meat really is murder Dahl is a superb writer I had no idea where some of these stories were going until the last paragraph With others I predicted the ending but read eagerly to find out if I was right There's a slight trace of misogyny running through one or two of the tales but I can forgive that from the man who gave the world Matilda


  4. says:

    I don't remember exactly when I encountered Roald Dahl perhaps in my pre teens But I sure remember I did not encounter him in any story appropriate for children The Veld not included here and Pig included are two stories I remember vividly from those days both delightfully creepy yet weirder than the standard fare you get from horror story writersThis delightful little collection contains creepy gems such as The Landlady Pig Georgy Porgy and Royal Jelly; William and Mary The Way up to Heaven Edward the Conueror tales of marital revenge with a touch of the horrific; tales of mischief and just desserts Parson's Pleasure Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat The Champion of the World and one uncharacterisable and weird little piece Genesis and Catastrophe A True Story If you are new to Dahl this book may be the ideal place to start


  5. says:

    I thought I’d read this book all the way through years ago but there were stories here that I didn’t remember at all and so now I’m not sure what I’ll read before or not When my children were growing up we made our way through every one of his children’s books These aren’t children’s stories but it is hard to not notice that they are almost all very much like fairy tales One of the things a writer who is starting out is almost certain to do is to not fully trust their readers This is almost inevitable and something of a function of the medium We want to be understood There’s no point telling a story if your audience doesn’t understand the point of it or rather misses the point because you haven’t been directly explicit And so because a writer can never have feedback from their audience they feel they have to use what Bernstein referred to as an explicit linguistic code That is you find yourself making sure you are right in the middle of the spotlight when you tell your little joke and that you slap the cymbal immediately after the punchline Tah Dah ‘You see it was the brother – he was the one in the kitchen not the uncle she only thought it was the uncle but really it was the brotherget it? Get it?’Dahl never does this Some people might even get a little annoyed with him because well the story he tells you is never uite the story he is telling But he never speaks down to you He trusts you as a reader So while he is telling you of the nice if a little eccentric woman how has made the young man a nice cup of tea that tastes just a little too much like bitter almonds after explaining to him that she has uite a talent for taxidermy – you really aren’t meant to think ‘oh the things people get up to these days you can never tell can you? Still better than her spending all her time watching television’ As I said these are fairy tales I was wondering while reading these what it is we like so much about the little twist at the end of such stories There are uite a few writers who specialise in them – Fredrick Forsyth has a lovely collection of them called No Comebacks and many of Maugham’s short stories also almost invariably end with the same little sting in the tail Writers need to be very careful with these because readers expect the twists and unless they are ingenious they can fall very flat The joy of these is as I’ve already said the sting is rarely made explicit – it is often something you need to have figured out for yourself Some of these are little horror stories – Georgy Porgy is a particularly good example of that a story to make a Freudian salivate with its mothers eating their children and all females as sexual aggressors even the rats The characters are all caricatures but never so over drawn to make them grate If these are morality tales then like the punchline of the twists athe the end of the stories themselves the moral is never made directly explicit eitherThere are any number of casual cruelties described – often delivered by the person who knows you best and so who also knows how to punish you in the most horribly perfect way too Not unlike perhaps the ideal little punishment awaiting us all in hell so carefully planned by our infinitely loving god A god who also how knows us all too well and who therefore also knows the ideal place to stick the bladeThese are lovely little stories That said it is important to remember that there is no advice that if pushed a little too far doesn’t become bad advice but that said I do think that if you can trust your readers as much as Dahl clearly does it is harder for you to go wrong


  6. says:

    Human nature's dark side is not pretty Lies greed violent impulses In this collection of short stories Roald Dahl tells us how the world sometimes exacts delicious revenge on people in the most grotesue waysI only knew Dahl through his children's books The Witches being one of my own childhood favorites My colleague Caroline adores his short stories and she kindly lent me her copy of Kiss Kiss that I devoured over a few lunch breaks The dark humour acid tongue and unsettling mind that had attracted me to Dahl's children's books shone just as bright here as they did in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mathilda I laughed winced and gasped a plenty as I made my way through this little book and discovered that Dahl is an even better writter than I had imaginedLike any short story anthology some are better than others I especially loved the tales of Mrs Foster's phobia of missing her plane and Mrs Bixby's ill acuired fur coat Sweet sour funny and bloody Delightful


  7. says:

    Real Rating 275 of fiveA cruel and demanding husband or so his first wife Patricia Neal would have us know; a creepy old party as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory amply demonstrated with a great deal of disdain for Jewishness and gluttony and greed in general His adult fiction is largely out of print in the US and he was never really uite The Thing here as he was in Britain I suppose his light sneers at us so evident in his attitude towards the US's involvement in the Second World War prevented his eventual literary rise from gaining the same boost as it did among the countrymen who saw heard absorbed his flying prowess and spying nousI decided to read this collection for some reason or another maybe it was the 1960 Edgar winning story The Landlady? I can't honestly recall why now I know that I began to regret my decision as early as William and Mary the second story wherein this is from the text of a letter written by Dahl as coming from beyond the grave of a man to his newly widowed wife of thirty yearsHe is a magnificent neurosurgeon one of the finest and recently he has been kind enough to let me study the results of some of his work especially the varying effects of prefrontal lobotomies upon different types of psychopathAnd then he goes on to give orders like don't get a TV and disconnect the phone because I don't need it any How appalling Sixty years ago when this collection was published that wasn't whole and entire a horrendous thing to say? I'd say it was but I was a babe in arms at the time and have no direct knowledge of the way it would sound to the era's denizens I suspect it wouldn't have raised an eyebrow on either of my parents but they were right wingnuts and often didn't hear things that made and make my skin crawlAnd with this mordant but unamusing set of eleven weirdly unappealing tales Dahl leaves my readerly ken for fucking ever No No I refuse I liked three of the eleven stories enough to be glad that I'd read them and recognized one story from my long ago high school read of it in an anthology I had to buy for school but that's just not enough for me to want to know about what went on in Roald Dahl's head


  8. says:

    Though this books of Dahl's short stories is missing some of my favorites like the one about the eavesdropping card playing couples and the one with the frozen leg of lamb it has many of Dahl's best From a father who feeds his baby enormous uantities of royal jelly to a nervous hyper punctual housewife who exacts a seemingly innocent revenge on her passive aggressive husband these stories are twisted surprising and never overdone The stories have just the sort of Professor Plum crackling fire pipe in mouth atmosphere that I love to sink into in a rainy day


  9. says:

    Wonderfully macabre short stories that feature neurotic vicars vengeful wives dubious antiue dealers and creepy half bee half human babies yes you read that right


  10. says:

    Roald Dahl is needless to say best known as the author of books for children This collection of short stories is easy on the whizzpopping frumpets and strawbunkies but his subtly sinister grown up world is eually enthrallingThe beauty of Dahl's short stories is his innate talent for saying the most when he says nothing at all Massive chunks of story line are told through every ellipsis of which there are many Rather than telling you exactly what is happening Dahl creates the setting throws in a few hints about his characters and leaves you to deduce the restAnother aspect that makes these stories so enjoyable is his ability to impart a sense of impending doom for every character They may have sinned have misbehaved but when their comeuppance comes a calling we cringe and gasp as they are served their just dessertsKiss Kiss also features the short story The Champion of the World a precursor to his novel Danny the Champion of the World Re reading the story with an adult edge discovering where those notions and words were conceived was like reading Danny for the first time all over againhttpunculturedcriticblogspotcom


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