Books: Moral Bite Going Solo

by Roald Dahl Farrar, Straus & Giroux 208 pages; $14.95

"There was the crack of a single rifle shot fired from the wood and the bald man who was holding me took the bullet right through his face. It was a horrible sight. His head seemed to splash open and little soft bits of grey stuff flew out in all directions." Younger readers may be astonished that this graphic recollection comes from the author of durable children's books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Admirers of Roald Dahl's "grownup" ^ stories (Kiss Kiss, Switch Bitch) should not be surprised. The passage, which appears in the second installment of Dahl's memoirs, bears...

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