Bayview Nursery plants and shrubs, this is the name of this particular place in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town. But as almost every place in this small town it offers you what your are seeking when you come here: Books, but a lot of books and this special atmosphere that all book lovers usually like.
This place offers you accommodation, a cup of tea or coffee beside their plants and of course in a small room, some books.
The man who I met first when I arrived at this place, told me that the bookshop was really small and gave me the suggestion to switch on the light. A room in the basement of the house with only four bookshelves, one of which had some decorative items to sell. I still regret not buying a blue teapot that they had, but this trip was not for this, and the teapot was not the perfect one. Besides, I am not the kind of person who likes collecting objects. I have a teapot already, and I don´t need more.
I return to the book which I want to speak today.
The editions were not interesting, not one caught my attention much, but two of them even in their paperback edition had something that deserved a second look. One of them was a book by Robert Davis that I hope to read soon. He is a great author, and I am willing to read him again. The second one, the one that occupies us today is a book by Roald Dahl. He is an author who I never read before, but of whom I have read some reviews in other blogs and all of them positive.
This book there in that lonely bookshelf just beside the one of Robert Davis was as a wake-up call: “Here you are, this is your opportunity to read this author finally. Take it.”, and I did.
The wonderful story of Henry Sugar is the title of this book that includes six other short stories by Roald Dahl.
The boy who talked with animals, is the first of the stories that I read in this book, and it astonished me with the narrative style, the mix of messages and feelings that it spread to the reader.
I thought at first that it was a terror story, later a fable and a critic against grown up people from a child point of view even if the narrator was an adult. But, at the end although there is a bit of each of them, the truth is that it is a story that can be easily classified as magical realism.
With this first story, the author already caught me. And, I carry on with the rest of the stories.
This story has a two ways meaning. Bad things, Are only bad if they go against us? It could be that a thief is protected and admired because he is helping us. It reminds me of the Fast & Furious series that a lot of people enjoy (including me). The point is that we are enjoying the adventures of a group of car thieves.
The Mildenhall Treasure
This was a sort of journalist work that the author made of a real story.
This story though harder than the first one has a ending very similar and completely inmersed in magical realism. The ending is sad, hard and very emotive.
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
The real world in a fantastic situation. We are again in the magical realism, with a story that will keep you interested all the time.
The story of how he became a writer.
A Piece of Cake
This was the first story written by Roald Dahl based on his own experience during the IWW. This is the only story of this book that I didn´t enjoy.
Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916, in Llandaff, South Wales. In 1953, he published the best-selling story collection Someone Like You and married actress Patricia Neil. He published the popular book James and the Giant Peach in 1961. In 1964, he released another highly successful work, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was later adapted for two films. Over his decades-long writing career, Dahl wrote 19 children’s books. He died on November 23, 1990, in Oxford, England.