Roald Dahl’s family has issued an apology on the “prejudiced” anti-Semitic remarks which the late children’s author made during his lifetime, and which his family describe as “incomprehensible” and standing in “marked contrast” to the man they knew.
Matilda was written by Roald Dahl and published in 1998, twenty one years ago today. It’s a pretty depressing book with an evil principle and mean parents but it’s very sweet as well and has some great moments. So here are some sweet quotes to help restore your faith in humanity even if it’s for a little while.
Image Via Quentin Blake
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
“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…”
“All the reading she has done had given her a view of life they had never seen.”
“If you are good, life is good.”
“And don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.”
“Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”
Featured Image Via Amazon
Did you know that Roald Dahl was not just an author, but a medical inventor, chocolate historian, fighter pilot, and a spy? Hard to believe, as his stories are rich with innocent, joyous, and delicate characters. His stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda didn’t just instantly come to him, however. They were the product of a bizarre, gruesome, yet impactful childhood. You can read all about it in his book Boy: Tales of Childhood.
Image Via Amazon
Boy: Tales of Childhood is an autobiographical book depicting Dahl’s life, from the time of his birth up until he had left school. It portrays his incredibly detailed life experiences, a lot of which led him to a career of writing, some of which are incredibly tragic. Yet, the book is highly comical, and Dahl incorporates his skills of comedic writing smoothly in this autobiographical piece. From this book, you can see where all the characters in Dahl’s pieces get their vivid personalities. If you are familiar with his books, reading this will help you make sense of a lot the interactions between his characters.
Image Via University of Liverpool
It is fascinating to see the development of one the most prolific children’s book authors of all time. As an homage to one of the great story tellers of the 20th century, all fans of literature should read this gem.
Featured Image Via Byford’s Books
Now, as you may already know, a brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ever popular Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is currently in the works.
Now, although there are already two previous adaptations (the second being the darkly strange Tim Burton version starring Johnny Depp and the first, obviously, being the original 1971 classic starring the one-and-only Gene Wilder), this new adaptation already sounds like it’s on the track to being something completely unique and original. And now, according to Collider, one of the few actors shortlisted for the starring role as Willy Wonka himself is none other than Donald Glover.
Glover amassed a wide-reaching fame over the past decade; revealing that his talents and skills expand far beyond any one singular artistic route, and that he is, in fact, good at everything. His music under the pseudonym Childish Gambino is poetic, unique, political, influential, and everything in between (if you haven’t yet watched, click here to see the vitally important, relevant, and powerful video for This is America). He was incredibly charming and hilarious as the playful, childlike, and lovable Troy Barnes on the NBC series Community and has been killing it in the box-office as Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story (not to mention the fact that he’s the creator, writer, and star of Atlanta). So, in other words, Glover’s versatility isn’t even up for debate. And, I have no doubt that his Wonka would be so fun. and interesting and layered.
However, this is Hollywood and nothing has been stated as being set-in-stone quite yet; other stars stated as being shortlisted for the role of Wonka include Ezra Miller and Ryan Gosling. So, either way, it sounds like the new Willy Wonka adaptation will be starring someone worth watching!
(Still, wouldn’t Donald Glover be the coolest Wonka ever?)
Featured Image Via HelloGiggles
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
September 13th, 2017 is Roald Dahl Day. How much do you know about the whimsical author and all your favorite childhood stories?
Feature image via RoaldDahl.com