There are many childhood classics I’ve yet to read. I had heard a lot of good things about this book from many friends who admire Roald Dahl’s writing, and thought it was about time I picked it up for reading.
The book is about a talented little girl named Matilda who is born into a family where reading or learning is not appreciated much. When she finally gets to go to school, it is a school where the headmistress herself is a bully. Can this little girl find people who appreciate her talents and powers?
This was a wonderful read to begin exploring Dahl’s writing with. To read about a small girl who loves to read and learn was delightful. It’s horrifying that such a child should have been born into such a family. This book had unlikeable characters aplenty, but it is also reflective of a time when girls would be discouraged from becoming smart, and the family and society viewed them as fit only to “become pretty and get a husband”. As Mother Wormwood puts it, “looks over books”. I hated the parents, hated Trunchbully too.
But I liked the narration, the illustrations and how interesting both together were. I finished reading it in a few hours (4 I think, but then again, who can be sure when reading? Even Matilda needed Phelps the librarian to help). I am happy to have read it. And will reread it too. I can understand why this novel has won so many awards!
|Author(s): Roald Dahl||Genre: Children’s Fiction|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9780141365466||Publisher: Puffin Books|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
19th August 2018)