One of my favorite stories – probably written for children, but I love it so much – is “The BFG” by Roald Dahl. I have a recording of it which is incredible – the reader is pretty much PERFECT in telling the story just as you’d read it. (I think it’s read by David Williams). Dahl wrote this story in 1982. I’m so glad my friend Janet DA introduced me to it. Roald wrote many other things too, including “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Danny, the Champion on the World,” “The Twits,” and “Matilda.” I probably didn’t mention your favorite – there are too many to mention them all. He has so many great thoughts in his writing, like “No book ever ends when it’s full of your friends” (from “The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me”), and “If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face” (from “The Twits”).
He was born in 1916 in Cardiff, Wales, and passed away in November 1990 (only 74 years old). His parents were both from Norway. He was named after the Polar explorer Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian hero. His first language was Norwegian. He was raised in the Lutheran faith. He was a tall man: 6’ 6”. He loved literature, sports, and photography. He served in several ways during WWII, including the Royal Air Force. He married actress Patricia Neal in 1953 in New York City. Their marriage lasted for 30 years and they had five children.
They divorced in 1983 and he married Felicity “Liccy” Crosland. Dahl was buried in Buckinghamshire, England. He was given “a sort of Viking funeral.” Children frequently leave toys and flowers by his grave. The Deseret News published many quotes from his books, and I decided it would be fun to share them. Enjoy!