Matilda

Matilda

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Matilda is an exceptional five-year-old who's a whiz at reading and multiplication. However, her life is far from perfect. She has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Matilda uses her intelligence to get revenge on her father, but her skills are put to the test by her horrible nightmare of a principle, Mrs. Trunchbull.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781611761849
1611761840
Branch Call Number: J CDAUDIO FICTION Dahl Roald 08/2013
Characteristics: 4 audio discs (ca. 4 hr., 30 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Winslet, Kate. - Narrator

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JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

The recently published editions of Roahl Dahl's books I've seen have included the proclamation, "The World's No. 1 Storyteller," on their covers. That's a bold statement, and my skeptical nature has me instinctively questioning any such claim. How is such a thing even determined? Based ... Read More »


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JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

"We don't hold with book-reading," Mr. Wormwood said. "You can't make a living from sitting on your fanny and reading story-books."

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

Parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse. Sometimes it was well nigh impossible for a teacher to convince the proud father or mother that their beloved offspring was a complete nitwit.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

If it's by an American it's certain to be filth. That's all they write about.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

Perhaps his anger was intensified because he saw her getting pleasure from something that was beyond his reach.

JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen. If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television.

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JCLChrisK Dec 14, 2013

The recently published editions of Roahl Dahl's books I've seen have included the proclamation, "The World's No. 1 Storyteller," on their covers. That's a bold statement, and my skeptical nature has me instinctively questioning any such claim. How is such a thing even determined? Based on what measurement? Validated by whom? Is it undisputed? Based on what definition of the word "storyteller?" And on and on. Instinctively, I'm inclined to argue any such claim, or at least dismiss it as meaningless boasting. Yet I don't really feel the need to dispute Dahl's claim to it, valid or not.
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I read--or had read to me--a number of Dahl's stories when I was young, but Matilda was not one of them. I was recently exposed to the excellent 1996 film and decided I must read the book. It did not disappoint. Clever, sardonic, holding intelligence and learning in the highest esteem, never treating the young as anything other than completely capable and deserving of respect, funny, and entertaining, this book is a send-up of all those bullying adults who quickly dismiss children as incapable and bothersome pests and intelligence and learning as impractical elitism. Charming, polite genius Matilda has many such adults standing in her way--particularly her parents and her school's headmistress--but she finds a way to persevere and win out in the end, seeing many hilarious comeuppances delivered along the way. It was a delight.

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