“The conspicuously well dressed man is not a well dressed man at all, but merely a block for displaying the best materials and the latest fashions upon. His clothes and all articles of outward attire cry out their quality, and forcibly draw attention to their very newest cut, set, twist, or turn; and you say “There’s a dressy man if you like! Everything right up to date, including the walking stick.” The really well dressed man attracts no such remark. Of him you are more likely to say, “That man looks very smart - for some reason or another. Wonder what it is!” You may depend upon it that the man of whom that is said is a man not only of fashion, but of something very important besides - namely, good taste, strong individuality, faithfulness to personal style.”—
It’s no secret that I have a soft spot in my heart and specific shelf in my library for children’s writers. I felt that Roald Dahl was the perfect author for this post seeing as I’ve used one of his quotations to describe my blog. His words have always done for me what all those books did for Matilda, they reminded me, “You are not alone.” Although Dahl wrote for both adults and children, he is primarily known for the latter. With such works to his name as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Matilda, Roald Dahl is considered one of the most prolific writers of children’s literature in the world.
His career started with a short, written account of his experiences in the war. In no time, he was well on his way to becoming a literary icon. Short stories and other works for adults were his main focus until the 1960’s when Dahl began to have children of his own. Making up bed time stories for his daughters would inspire him to write some of his most famous and respected novels including James and the Giant Peach.
Many of his stories were written in a small hut at the back of his garden in England. He wrote with a pencil as he could not type. Starting his days with an hour of answering fan mail, he would then venture down to the hut with a thermos full of coffee and write until midday. Lunch with a gin and tonic preceded an afternoon read, after which he would head back down to the hut for a few more hours of writing. He is quoted to have said, “I am a disciplined writer. I don’t think any writer works particularly long hours because he can’t-he becomes inefficient.”
Roald Dahl lost his battle with blood disease on November 23, 1990 but his work continues to entertain and inspire both children and adults to this day.
Remember the bedroom we stayed for those 2 weeks? You on the bed, I on the floor. Remember the melancholic setting sun Remember Koh Samui and the huts Remember weekly soccer, remember movie nights remember Aaron and Omar remember In the Mood for Love remember risk and wine and cheese remember me