Donnerstag, 5. Januar 2012

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors. He is known for his childrens books but made some rather adult novels too.(nudge nudge)  The main thing about his work is a sense of humor that makes him quite unique to me. It's almost black humor but innocent at the same time. Also he really knowns how to tell a story from the perspective of a child but without getting naive or cute. The world is full of dangers even for children too. At the age of  eight he was caned by the headmaster of his school for putting a frog into one of the Jars of the local sweet shop. If you read his books the stories often are about a threat like this but in the end the children can outwit the cruel tormentors.
Later he was a pilot for the RAF in Africa during the Second World War.

I tried to make both sides of him visible in my portait. He looks like a midcentury gentlemen with his suit, whiskey and cigarette but also has a boyish look (maybe because of the big head?)

Now take one of his books and enjoy!

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