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“The seven stories in Man from the South and other Stories are

brilliantly funny and unforgettable”

The upper-intermediate’s students had to read “Man from the South and other stories” and I must give my opinion about it. Was the book brilliantly funny and unforgettable? In my opinion, the book was funny to read but not brilliantly funny.

Firstly, not all the stories are good. I found “Pig” and “The Vicar’s pleasure” very interesting but the stories “Man from the South” or “An African Story” are strange and, in my opinion, the dog’s death was hard for me. I’m very sensible about animals. In addition to this, the end of “The Vicar’s pleasure” made me laugh a lot, but, I think, we would need to know what happened when the “Vicar” saw the commode after being destroyed by the three men.

Secondly, not all the stories have an original argument. From my point of view, “The Landlady” has a final that we know previously, like a film in “Antena 3”. Why did not the young man run away when he saw the strange things? Instead of this, he drank more tea! The dog and the bird were dead, are these things not strange enough?

On the other hand, I think this book will be unforgettable because when we see a pheasant or raisins we will think in “The Champion of the World” and we know how to catch them!

Finally, in my opinion, the book is good and funny but not enough. You can read them and enjoy it but in the end you will have thought: “It has not been the best book I have ever read!”

“The seven stories in Man from the South and other Stories are

brilliantly funny and unforgettable”

To start with, I’ve found the book a bit strange because its stories were too fantastic and incredible. Anyway, the plots of the stories were quite easy to understand and fast to read. Although the things that happened were completely senseless, I enjoyed reading them. Of course, they’re afternoons’ readings due to the fact that they are too scary for the evenings.

Firstly, the stories weren’t funny at all. In fact, the writer is really cruel and there have been murders and deaths along the whole book. The most disgusting of all was, without any dough, that one in which the main character, a young boy, was killed in a factory at the same time that same pigs to make food for people.

From my point of view, the author is trying to make a joke from a serious theme. It doesn’t seem to me as if death was an issue to make a comedy with.

Secondly, I agree with the sentence, the stories are unforgettable because they really surprise you while you are reading. That is surely because we have never read something like that before.

To sum up, I thing this is a good book to read if you like to be surprise by a book. But I would rather read a good novel instead of those short stories.

“The seven stories in Man from the South and other Stories are brilliantly funny and unforgettable”

In my opinion these seven stories are at the same time a bit frightening and brilliantly funny, so I agree with the statement.

Firstly, I believed that these stories are a bit frightening because in many of them there are murders or people who die. For example in “Pig” or “The Landlady”. I think that these two stories are the most terrifying.

Secondly, I think that other stories are very funny because the persons are too silly in many situations. For example the story about the hunters who caught pheasants with raisins, as well as the story of “The Vicar´s Pleasure”. These are strange stories, although in the end both are funny.

In conclusion, I believe that this book is interesting for many different people because there are a lot of different kinds of stories, and when you are reading, you can feel terrified, stunned or confused.

“The seven stories in Man from the South and other Stories are brilliantly funny and unforgettable”

I really agree with this opinion. It is not only a funny or a mistery book, it´s more than that. Reading the stories, you can´t ever imagine what is going to happen, or how there are going to finish, so the person who´s reading them can´t stop doing it until he (or she) has know the end.

One of the stories that I have enjoyed a lot is called “The landlady”, where we can read a very unexpected end. We couldn´t have imagined that the woman stuffed all her clients! But this book also makes you think, like in “The vicar´s pleasure”, where we have to think if the commode should have been broken to give a leasson to the vicar, who wanted to became rich trying to buy people´s good furniture without telling them their true value, or if this end was only very bad luck for the vicar. We can also read about a crime, like in “Pig”, or about a strange bet on a Cadillac and a cut finger, like in “Man from the south”.

Finally, I would like to say that if you want to have a great time and enjoy reading a book whose writer is considered one of the best mistery writers in the world, please have a look at “Man from the south and other stories”.

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Man from the South and other Stories is  brilliantly funny and unforgettable. I recommend this book because it´s very easy to read, although it´s for advanced level.

Some stories were funny, like in Man from the South, where and old man and a young American sailor bit that the sailor could win a car or lost one finger, or when in the last story, two poachers hunt pheasants using raisins and pain back´s drug.

Other stories are unforgettable and a little awful, like Pig. It´s about a child who lived with his aunt because the police killed his parents when they were coming by the living room´s window. The police thought that they were robbers. Finally this child was killed like a pig… Also the story about a woman who stuffed pets and young men is really terrifying.

All stories had one thing in common. When you finish a short story you must think and remember all the details that the writer mentioned, because he was teaching that nowadays only clever or luckily people can be saved.

In my opinion, this book is very entertaining and you must read it if you want to spend a good time.

This is a story from ‘Man from the South and other stories’ by Roald Dahl. It’s a mixture of unrelated stories but with something in common - all of them have a moral.

Man from the South is about a strange old man who was spending time by the hotel swimming-pool. There, he met a young sailor and proposed him to make a bet.  If the sailor could light his lighter ten times without any mistakes, he would win the old man’s Cadillac, but if he failed, he would lose one of his fingers. The guy accepted it, but when they were finishing the game, a woman appeared and made them stop. She said she owned the Cadillac and the man had no money because she had won it all from him. Then she showed her hand with only one finger. 

As for the characters, they are very different. The old man is strange, mysterious and he has a problem with bets. The sailor is a typical young man who doesn’t like to lose at anything. We don’t have a lot of details about the narrator.

In conclusion, I enjoyed the story. The moral of the story is related to the sin of avarice. In this case, if you are too greedy you will lose a lot of fingers! All the stories from the book have the same end: a moral. I think that it is interesting to read something you learn from, or at least you think about . What I like the most about this book is that when I finished each story, I stopped for a while and started to think about the story, realising that all the little details have a sense. I also loved ‘The Landlady’ and ‘Beware of the Dog’.

Finally I would recommend this book to everybody, above all ‘The Landlady’ and ‘Beware of the Dog’, because it has different short stories with different and amazing plots, and if you don’t like one of them, I am sure that you will prefer the next.

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