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개조심 Roald Dahl

개조심

Roald Dahl

Published August 1st 2007
ISBN : 9788982181047
Paperback
260 pages
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 About the Book 

Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot during WWII, flying missions over Africa and Greece, shooting down enough enemy planes to be considered an ace and once crashing so badly that he was temporarily blinded.These ten stories (the first he wrote I believe) are directly influenced from his experiences at that time, and they pack quite a punch, though not by virtue of the devilish sleight of hand that characterized his later stuff.The companionship, the exhilaration, the fear, the grief, the brutal realities of war are all represented with the authentic stamp of someone who lived through it and was willing to tell of what he had seen and heard with honesty and a natural storytellers gift.A Piece of Cake and Death of an Old Old Man are both unexpected and memorable stories about the physical and mental injuries suffered when pilots crash. The first is undoubtedly from Dahls direct experience, the second cant possibly be but is especially haunting.They Shall Not Grow Old is the extraordinary tale of a pilot who inexplicably disappeared for two days without noticing himself that the time had passed.Katina tells of a shell-shocked young Greek girl who the pilots save and befriend during a battle over Athens. Her hatred of the Germans is such that she leaves the trenches to shake her little fists at them during air raids, with tragic consequences.Taking some time outside the plane, An African Story is a comeuppance tale that features an unusual relationship between a python and a cow, while Madam Rosette sees three pilots in Egypt pay a visit to the greedy patroness of the biggest brothel in the world.I particularly liked the various dreamlike sequences in some of these stories, which were lovely and frightening and strangely uplifting all at the same time.