History Creator / RoaldDahl

17th Aug '17 4:23:44 PM WildKatGirl
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* WickedStepmother: James in "James And The Giant Peach" is an orphan who is forced to live with his aunts, who treat him bad.

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* WickedStepmother: James in "James And The Giant Peach" is an orphan who is forced to live with his aunts, who treat him bad.very badly.
9th Jul '17 8:48:17 AM nombretomado
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Dahl himself grew up to have quite the exciting life. After graduation he went to fulfill his military service in Africa, where he became an AcePilot for the Royal Air Force during WorldWarTwo. C. S. Forester (author of the Horatio Hornblower series) asked Dahl to write down his account of his survival after a desert crash, with the understanding that Forester would edit it into a proper magazine article. Dahl did as asked -- and Forester refused to change a word. In fact, he encouraged Dahl to publish it under his own name. Thus began Dahl's career as a writer. Dahl was later assigned to cover the British ground forces in Greece, where his squadron fought valiantly against long odds and he was shot down. The second crash injured his back and left him with recurring headaches that eliminated him from flight duty.

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Dahl himself grew up to have quite the exciting life. After graduation he went to fulfill his military service in Africa, where he became an AcePilot for the Royal Air Force during WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. C. S. Forester (author of the Horatio Hornblower series) asked Dahl to write down his account of his survival after a desert crash, with the understanding that Forester would edit it into a proper magazine article. Dahl did as asked -- and Forester refused to change a word. In fact, he encouraged Dahl to publish it under his own name. Thus began Dahl's career as a writer. Dahl was later assigned to cover the British ground forces in Greece, where his squadron fought valiantly against long odds and he was shot down. The second crash injured his back and left him with recurring headaches that eliminated him from flight duty.
13th Jun '17 10:16:45 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Although Dahl's flying career was ended by the crash, his military service was not. He found himself assigned as Assistant Air Attache to the British Embassy in Washington DC. While there, his natural charm and ability with words and conversation got him a second, unofficial position with the British Security Co-Ordination, an office officially meant to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin coordinate security i.e. counterespionage with the United States]], but actually a quasi-espionage organization in itself, giving the British Government an inside view of American political activity, tracking down and discrediting pro-Nazi individuals, groups, and businesses, and working to make sure the United States maintained its commitment to assisting the British in their war effort. Dahl's part in this was to hobnob with [[FranklinDRoosevelt the president and his wife]], a young congressman named UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson, and other notables, sometimes [[ReallyGetsAround with his penis]]. Yes, he was also very popular with the ladies, almost to the point of a real-life Franchise/JamesBond (and coincidentally, another intelligence officer he worked with on occasion was none other than Creator/IanFleming).

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Although Dahl's flying career was ended by the crash, his military service was not. He found himself assigned as Assistant Air Attache to the British Embassy in Washington DC. While there, his natural charm and ability with words and conversation got him a second, unofficial position with the British Security Co-Ordination, an office officially meant to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin coordinate security i.e. counterespionage with the United States]], but actually a quasi-espionage organization in itself, giving the British Government an inside view of American political activity, tracking down and discrediting pro-Nazi individuals, groups, and businesses, and working to make sure the United States maintained its commitment to assisting the British in their war effort. Dahl's part in this was to hobnob with [[FranklinDRoosevelt the president president]] and his wife]], wife, a young congressman named UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson, and other notables, sometimes [[ReallyGetsAround with his penis]]. Yes, he was also very popular with the ladies, almost to the point of a real-life Franchise/JamesBond (and coincidentally, another intelligence officer he worked with on occasion was none other than Creator/IanFleming).
13th Jun '17 10:16:00 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl), he said some rather...''interesting'' things about Jews[[note]]Dahl himself maintained that he was not anti-Semitic, but anti-Zionist. He [[SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX maintained friendships]] with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:

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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl), he said made some rather...''interesting'' things comments about Jews[[note]]Dahl himself maintained that he was not anti-Semitic, but anti-Zionist. He [[SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX maintained friendships]] with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:
23rd May '17 7:31:52 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he had some rather...''interesting'' opinions about Jews[[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he was not anti-Semitic, but anti-Zionist. He [[SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX maintained friendships]] with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:

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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) Dahl), he had said some rather...''interesting'' opinions things about Jews[[note]]Having said that, Dahl Jews[[note]]Dahl himself maintained that he was not anti-Semitic, but anti-Zionist. He [[SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX maintained friendships]] with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:
23rd May '17 7:31:16 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he had some rather controversial opinions about Jews. [[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he is not anti-Semite, but anti-Israel. He maintained friendships with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:

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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he had some rather controversial rather...''interesting'' opinions about Jews. [[note]]Having Jews[[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he is was not anti-Semite, anti-Semitic, but anti-Israel. anti-Zionist. He [[SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX maintained friendships friendships]] with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:
12th May '17 11:51:53 AM Hedging
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13th Apr '17 10:12:13 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* GenreAdultery: Dahl, world famous for his children's novels, also wrote ''Literature/MyUncleOswald'', an erotic soft core satire. Exactly why becomes more clear when one learns that he was [[TheCasanova an inveterate womanizer]]. One of his jobs in World War II actually required him to seduce well-connected American women into political compliance.
5th Apr '17 2:51:08 PM NWolfman
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* AdultsAreUseless[=/=]ChildrenAreInnocent: The children is Dahl's books were almost always virtuous and good while the adults only served to be either kind providers or monstrously abusive. Even the ill-behaved children in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' are the result of their parents being complete pushovers.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Dahl made no pretense over exactly who he believed were "good" and "bad" people. Even when his heroes were flawed, such as ''Literature/FantasticMrFox'', the villains would have no redeeming qualities at all.
5th Apr '17 2:37:46 PM NWolfman
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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite. [[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he is not anti-Semite, but anti-Israel. He maintained friendships with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:

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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite.had some rather controversial opinions about Jews. [[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he is not anti-Semite, but anti-Israel. He maintained friendships with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:
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