The Umbrella Man and Other Stories

The Umbrella Man and Other Stories

Posted by jack_miller | Published 9 months ago

With 56 ratings

By: Roald Dahl

Purchased At: $1.65 (52 used & new offers)

Is it really possible to invent a machine that does the job of a writer? What is it about the landlady's house that makes it so hard for her guests to leave? Does Sir Basil Turton value most his wife or one of his priceless sculptures? These compelling tales are a perfect introduction to the adult writing of a storytelling genius.
Uneven short stories that at times really don’t go anywhere. A few plodded along then abruptly ended.
Not a great collection.

- ahmed_anderson

Many of us remember reading Dahl's stories as children and may consider him to be a children's author: his adult fiction is very good. His short stories are the perfect length for bedtime reading, the plot moves quickly and there is generally an enjoyable twist at the end. Recommended for anyone who would like to spend 10-15 minutes at a stretch with some non-serious reading.

- jonah_diaz

A terrific collection of short stories from a truly amazing author! I like that I'm able to enjoy this collection so much and also share it with my 12 yr old daughter on her Kindle reader. The stories in this collection are very imaginative and well written.

- august_price

Received item quickly....just as described!

- sonia_chavez

This story will bring joy to the reader, nice copy.

- evan_wood

Its a good book. I didn't realize it was used but the condition was excellent.

- breanna_lewis

I'm holding back on a five-star until I see something really outstanding. Still, Roald Dahl can absolutely grab your attention. He's someone you can pick up and read and still want more.

- jazlynn_nguyen

Wonderful short stories with a nice twist at the end of each!

- charlie_turner

Buen libro para un nivel intermediate de inglés, sobretodo por su precio.
Pequeñas historias fáciles de leer y muy entretenidas.

- william_williams

わからない単語は調べて単語帳を作りながら読む・・・
多読中です。

この本は、13の短編からなっていて、どれもおもしろいです。
どれも映画のように情況が目に浮かぶので読みやすいです。
ちょっとホラーな話やワインのうんちく話、著者の自伝風の話もあって、
ハラハラドキドキで、じっくり読むつもりが、
先が気になって「辞書引いてる場合じゃないでしょ!」と、
どんどん読んでしまいました。

文体がシンプルで、軽快なリズム。
どんどん読めます。

短編なので、翻訳に取り組めば、力がつくだろうな、と思いました。

- jamal_collins

単語や文章がちゃんとわかれば面白い。でもわからないと、今ひとつウィットが理解できないというか、文章にのめりこめないというか・・・。単語の1つ1つや文章の1つ1つが大事みたいで、わからない単語は飛ばして読もうとすると、魅力が半減するようです。ストーリーによっては、辞書がないと(おもしろさを感じるのが)難しいものもありました。
ちなみに私の英語力はハリーポッターが辞書を引きながら、なんとか読める程度。大人のウィットを感じるには、(私自身が)英語力不足かな?

- franco_ramirez

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