Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda Genre: Fiction, Childrens, Fantasy, Classic

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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable–the big surprise comes when Matilda discovers a new, mysterious facet of her mental dexterity. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.

Another Roald Dahl read (I promise this is the last one for now) and I think this is my favourite of all Roald Dahl books. It is a book about a little girl who loves reading, she adores books, what’s not to love? Pretty much everyone who reads this book is a book lover so we can relate to Matilda’s love of reading and the different works by famous authors that she has read.

I have fond memories of the film as a child and so rereading this was a trip down memory lane remembering the fantastic little girl that is Matilda. As it has been many years since I read the book I was shocked when I read about the suicide in this book, it’s a childrens story after all but back when this book came out children weren’t as pampered back then, children’s books could contain themes like suicide and it just added to the story because for once you didn’t feel as if it was a story that has been censored for children, there were adult themes and therefore you felt more included. I think this is one of the main reasons that Roald Dahl is so greatly loved by both children and adults alike, he can create the imaginary fantasy worlds however still grounds us with some pretty dark subjects however as it is a children’s book the story always has a happy ending.

It is an amazing book, not too long but still long enough to draw you into the story so that you love Matilda who is an inspirational little girl and will make many children become avid readers (I know I did).


Rating: 4/5

Summing up: An inspiring story for booklovers everywhere


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