The Twits by Roald Dahl
Published December 7, 2011
- Author Roald Dahl
As a kid, The Twits was never one of my favourite Dahl stories. It’s all a bit grizzly with disgusting beards, trees with glue on and upside down monkeys. Great, imaginative stuff, but not really what I liked. Well, actually, the upside monkeys were okay.
As an adult, this book is brilliant. Mostly because it ticks an item off my Big Read list, and only took half an hour to finish. Actually, it’s a fine little story, typical Dahl. Two quite despicable creatures are truly awful to each other and to everyone around them, and eventually get their comeuppance, in a rather fitting fashion. Good-o.
Did I mention the upside down monkeys?
I was particularly intrigued by Fred the Gas Man, who only made an appearance in the last few paragraphs. He seemed particularly happy at the (spoiler alert!) demise of the Twits, and he must have quite the back story. Surely a gas man comes to read the meter only once or twice a year, how mean to him can they have been? There’s more to be told here, and I think Fred the Gas Man needs his own spin off.