Year 11, Book 49

49. The BFG by Roald Dahl

My book club read this book in advance of The BFG movie adaptation being released. Most of the members of my book club had read this book before and had fond memories of it from their childhood. I suspect had I originally read it as a child I would have enjoyed it more, but I did not share the love everyone else seemed to have for it. It’s a fine book and I can see why kids would enjoy it, but as an adult reading it for the first time it did not resonate with me.

The titular BFG is the Big Friendly Giant who is befriended by an orphan named Sophie. Lucky for her he is the one giant that does not feed on people. Together they set out to rid the world of giants and stop the attacks around the world that result from the other giants feeding. It’s a kids’ book, so of course the story itself is rather simple. I did appreciate Dahl’s use of language though. He has a real gift for making up words that you immediately know what they mean and perfectly fit what they sound like. There are copious amounts of this type of language throughout the book, and it was my favorite part. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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