Review: The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG by Roald Dahl

6319The BFG by Roald Dahl
Published By: Puffin Books
Publication Date: 2001 (first published 1982)
Genres: Classics, Children’s, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 195
Rating: 1 Star
Date Read: April 26th, 2017
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Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her! 

I read this a while ago and found this not that interesting, It was boring. I found it creepy, actually. The giant is actually all right but his language which was funny for about five pages, quickly became ridiculous. It is not a “made up” language which could at least redeem itself by being original. It is nothing more than English served up scrambled. How the giant managed to learn that when he was supposed to have learnt English from a book, baffles me. It makes no sense.

The casualness in which the giants are captured, imprisoned and systematically tortured/starved by being given nothing but snozzcumbers to eat, and treated like zoo animals is another show of superiority. I am not defending the rights of (fictional) giants to raid and eat humans. It is fiction. But since it is fiction, other ending could have easily been conjured where non-human creatures are not caged and mistreated.

For whatever reason, any giant story I can think of is one that bored me, so maybe I just don’t like that premise.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Are still planning on reading it? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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2 Responses to Review: The BFG by Roald Dahl

  1. I’m so sorry this book didn’t work out for you. I hope your next read is a lot better❤️


  2. Button-Eyed Reader says:

    I read it as a child, but funny enough, have no recollection of what happens. LOL. I have tried to watch the movie 3 times already, but can’t seem to be interested enough to watch the whole thing. Have you tried reading Charlie & the Chocolate Factory?


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