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Roald Dhal's book of ghost stories

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I like Roald Dahl’s books. When I was a child I read Momo, Charlie and the chocolate factory, or Matilda. One day I was looking at some English books when I found this one. At first I believed that it was Roald Dhal who wrote these stories, but when I picked it up, I realized that it was Dahl who had selected the ghost stories by different writers. Roald Dahl read at least 749 ghost stories at the British Museum Library, and he selected about 24 with the purpose of making a television ghost series. Finally the pilot programme was a disaster, so 25 years later he decided to select 14 ghost stories to make this amazing book. As he said the ghost stories don’t have ghosts in them, so when you read the stories you are only to read what happens with the ghosts, and not the stories about them. The ghost story that I liked among all the stories was Harry, written by Rosemary Timperley. And in this story she explains what happened to a couple and their adopted daughter Christine. One day, Christine starts talking with an imaginary child, and she tells her mother that he was her brother. Well, her mother was a bit worried about her so she decides to go to the doctor. The doctor explains to her that it was something that happened to lots of children in childhood. In the first school day, she decides to go to the adoption service and ... ... to know a bit more about her history. And there a woman tells her that Christine is the only survivor of an accident in which her brother died to save her. Then, her mother goes to pick her up at school, but the school Principal tells her that Christine and Harry had gone, so nobody has seen her again, because she's gone with her brother. Well, I would like to recommend this book to everyone who loves to read classic ghost stories because I think it's amazing this anthology of short stories. And, as Roald Dhal wrote in his book, ‘Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of ghost stories’.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 26 seconds
Country: Spain
Language: English
Producer: Kuentalibros
Director: Kuentalibros
Views: 178
Posted by: kuentalibros on May 17, 2012

Mónica, a B2 ESL student at EOI Luarca, recommends this collection of stories by Roald Dhal.

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