Thursday, June 11, 2009

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

This is one of the first books that I read so much that the pages began to come out of it; yep it was a favourite. One of many. Charlie Bucket and his family are poor. Very poor. All his grandparents share one bed, his mother works all the time and he's going to a public school. On the way to and from school, Charlie walks past Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory every day where nobody ever enters and nobody ever leaves; the gates are always closed, yet the factory puts out thousands and thousands of tonnes of chocolate products a year to be shipped all over the world.
Then, one day, the best thing happened. Mr. Willy Wonka makes an offer for five children to take a day tour of his factory; and Charlie Bucket finds one of the Golden Tickets. It's a chance in a lifetime for him to see beyond those gates and into the mystery of the Wonka Chocolate factory. However, is there more to it than just what Mr. Willy Wonka has offered?

Born in Llandaff, Wales, Roald Dahl was the only son of a second marriage to Norweigian parents; otherwise, he had three other siblings after his sister and his father passed away when he was three. In 1942, Roald wrote a piece while he was in Washington D.C. for C.S. Forester. Roald chose to write about his experiences with the war, and Forester published the article without changing a word; and so Roald's writing career started.For the first fifteen years, Roald concentrated on writing for adults. Roald Dahl would take months to finish a single story or plotline for a book as he found that he must make more than one copy of his work finding that he never got the story right the first time. He also couldn't type and didn't own a typewriter; and so he'd write all his work out in pen and paper. Roald Dahl had many passions and made time for them, however, his life was filled with tragedy; including his own personal wars. Later in life, in 1990, he was diagnosed with a rare blood condition (Myelo-dysplastic anaemia). He passed away at the age of 74 on November 23rd, 1990; and he worked right up until his death.

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