The dad of Charlie and the chocolate factory in a wonderful new detailed biography on bookshops these days
Who was Roald Dahl?
I know him as the writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Being a Johnny Depp's fan I appreciate the movie created by Johnny Depp in couple with Tim Burton so badly and of course later I read most of Dahl's production.
I didn't know anything of Dahl's private life, his character. Nothing.
Reading this book
of the former editor of the Times Literary Supplement Jeremy Treglown:
Roald Dahl a Biography published by Open Road Integrated Media every
reader will open a fascinating window in Roald Dahl's life discovering
myriads of anecdotes of an extraordinary, sometimes eccentric man.
Treglown has been more than complete and exhaustive. He analyzed all Dahl's life with incredible cure, passion and love.
was a man, Treglown writes with the desire to return to childhood maybe
because during his childhood he lost a lot of components of his family.
Not a premature writer at all, Dahl became successful after the 40s.
Oh yes, he wrote most of the time, but real success would have knocked at his door only lately.
best and remarkable books: The Gremlins, George's Marvellous Medicine,
The Witches, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with a first
movie in 1971 and another one wanted by the couple Tim Burton and Johnny
Depp in most recent times, 2005.
Roald Dahl was for sure a macho
man. Very tall and handsome characteristics these ones of his dad. His
parents were both Norwegians.
Dahl didn't always appear at his
best with people. A friend of Dahl revealed at Treglown that it depended
which side he wanted to let you show.
Born on Sept 13th 1916 his
dad Harald died when he was still 4 years and other disgraces and lost
interested his family so little Dahl started to being affectionate to
his mom to him an icon of perfection if compared to all the rest of
women of the world, classified by him "witches." Roald was called by his
mother "The Apple". Being the little man of the house everyone after
the departure of his dad waited a lot from him.
What kind of kid
was Dahl? A toddler fascinated by birds, butterflies, and highly
influenced by the rich traditions of Northern European Fairy-Tales, and
in particular by witches.
Roald Dahl wasn't a great scholar
although he loved reading. He was interested on authors with a certain
masculinity in their writing as for example was Kipling.
Can we say the author of the book asks, that Dahl had a distorted personality and reticence about schoolboy homosexuality?
When in Repton Dahl assisted at various episodes and he didn't hesitate to report this behavior.
Bullism was a reality of a certain importance but Roald Dahl, tall and strong couldn't risk to be bullied by his companions.
Once at Repton Dahl felt melancholy for his mom, his dad. He also started at home a collection of birds' eggs.
in Dahl are numerous. If he complained for the behavior of some
schoolmates, at the same time he didn't hesitate to put sadistic and
cruel nicknames at his oldest friends reports Treglown.
discovered a room that became his refugee and where he loved to spend
his afternoon every Sunday. He also started to develop a big passion for
photography and at school he played football, cricket. He was also a
passionate of golf.
Because his votes were not excellent it was
excluded to him Cambridge or Oxford. He found a work in a refinery and
he drove a truck while at the same time he worked at London in the
Dahl found attraction for girls contemporaries
like him but also, maybe because there weren't serious implications in
this case, for married ladies.
His desires of visiting with Shell Africa accomplished and once returned his positions close to the ones of the colonialism.
Once published Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, some polemics involved the role of the Oompa-Loompa for this reason.
An old friend of Dahl introduced the future writer of Charlie at the beauty of flowers and in particulars orchids.
the war started to be seriously real for express desires of Roald Dahl
the family moved from Kent to Wales because Dahl thought maybe Kent
could be bombarded.
Once in war his mom always in his thoughts and
when he had a bad accident injuring back and nose, reconstructed, her
mom wrote him eight letters waiting anxiously for his answer.
Once the war over he was introduced at the White House and Hollywood started to flirting with him.
The reason The Gremlins, inspired at the last Second World War Conflict.
apart Snow White, a big success of 1937 hadn't known big hits with
Pinocchio and Fantasia, and they were searching for some novelties.
The Gremlins became a Disney Picture book published by Random House.
first experience with a major like Disney meant to Dahl the beginning
of his career as a writer although it was still unclear to him if he
wanted to become a writer for children or adults.
Alfred Knop read
Taste in 1952 published by The New Yorker and searched for him. Dahl in
contact with him, more than pleasant to share with him his material.
This one started to be published in various magazines.
passed by and in 1968 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a big success
for the author and as we know a first movie as told before realized in
In 1980s Dahl reclaims paperback rights to six most
important titles, starting a new collaboration with the Viking Penguin
and the division of children's book created by Penguin, Puffin.
has had a lot of women but the most important ones two. He knew Pat
Neal when still young although their relationship weird enough. The two
will divorce in 1983 when Dahl 66 and Neal 56. Dahl in the while met
another woman Felicity with which she was living an affair from various
Talking of competition and again relationship with other
writers Roald Dahl didn't offer any kind of support at Salman Rushdie
when he lived a terrible experience immediately after his book The
satanic Verses released. This connection with Rushdie always cold.
Roald Dahl started to experiencing a strong back pain and later it was discovered leukemia.
author said that he could have coped with death but he was sad because
dying would have meant to live his family although according to him
world wasn't all that great place where to live.
Dahl died on November 23 1990.
his departure it was created a foundation helping literacy, neurology,
hematology. In 1992 the foundation helped an illness still not very
well-known: epilepsy. It was built a center, and donated a minibus for
school with epileptic children.
Roald Dahl is this and much more
reading this informative, great, stunning book written by Jeremy
Treglown and I am more than sure that the author of Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory will reserve a lot of surprises to all his fans around
the world as this book did with me.
Many thanks to netgalley.com and the publisher.
Anna Maria Polidori