The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories, by Roald Dahl
The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories, by Roald Dahl • Published by Puffin Books • ★★★★★ • GoodreadsI have not read Dahl since my secondary school years and with the recent trailer of BFG, I’m more than happy to read The Great Automatic Grammatizator (and other stories), which I have not before!
I am utterly in love with this book. I have not felt so thrilled and creeped out by short stories since I last read Gaiman’s Trigger Warning. The thing with short stories is that there are no sequels, prequels, or novellas. They are just a few pages but that is enough to punch you in the face with feels or creeps or whatever gets you, and I love that feeling. It’s almost like an adrenaline rush. ;)
I’m not even sure if I can pick a favourite because I love almost all the stories. Maybe the only ones that didn’t made me react much were The Butler and Man from the South. While most were awesomely creepy or hilariously vengeful, there was one that stuck with me because it was actually a really touching story -- Katina. It was about a child rescued from war but she still stays among the soldiers, and she always runs out to wave her fists angrily at the bombers whenever they fly past to bomb some place. The narrator was always fascinated (and probably a little scared) by that fury radiating from the little body. I, too, was struck by it.
Of course, Grammatizator itself is a satire on how publishing a piece of work goes. It’s atrocious but also hilarious, and yet! It forces you to think about it. This brings up the book’s re-readability because I’m pretty sure I can understand and catch more things that I may have missed in my first read-through.
This is a great book to put a quick smile on any reader’s face, but we already know that about Dahl, don’t we? :P