Book review: Kiss kiss

Title: Kiss kiss
Author: Roald Dahl
Publisher: Penguin Books

There are 11 stories in this book, all written by Roald Dahl. What I find intriguing about the stories is the twist at the end. A particular story left a deep impression: “William and Mary”. Mary learnt that her dead husband, William, had agreed to participate in a science experiment. When she went to see the doctor in charge of the experiment, she saw all that was left of William were an eye and his brain, supported by an artificial heart. The doctor confirmed that William’s brain was still alive and the eye was transmitting information to it. Mary persuaded the doctor to let her take William home. The doctor thought it was due to her love for William. Though the story ended when Mary left the room for a further discussion with the doctor regarding William, it was clear to the reader what would happen next. That is the twist and I would not reveal here so as not to spoil the story.

I would not say I enjoyed all the stories as the endings to some stories, though brilliant, are rather ghastly. I also think some of the stories have excessive details. For example in the story of “William and Mary”, the author spent a few pages elaborating on the surgery and the structure of the brain; in the story of “Royal Jelly”, he spent a few pages explaining what royal jelly is and how it comes about. I think it would be better if he reduced the amount of details.

PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


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