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#BookReview--> Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Title and Author: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
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Publication Date: 1964
Language: English
Genre: Children Fiction, Classics, Action & Adventure, Fantasy

My Review:
This is the story of a small boy Charlie Bucket who was poor, born to penniless parents and lived with his family including his grandparents in a small dilapidated house. Always hearing stories about the chocolate factory in his town, owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka, Charlie dreamed of seeing the factory from inside. He was given this chance when he won a golden ticket which was part of a scheme started by the candy maker to find five chocolate lovers who would see the factory from inside. The story tells the adventures of Charlie in the mysterious and secretive chocolate factory which had remained closed to people for years.

First published in 1964, Roald Dahl had been fascinated by the chocolate factories who would give out chocolates to children during his childhood to taste and rate as part of their promotional strategy. The companies like Cadbury were secretive of their chocolate making methods and used strict measures to avoid any leakage. They also often sent out spies to learn more about their competition. All this proved an inspiration for Dahl to write this story when he grew up.

The book is written in the third person and vividly narrates the adventures of Charlie in the chocolate factory. Roald Dahl’s writing is simple and he invents his own vocabulary to make the story more interesting and to give his characters more color. The eccentric Willy Wonka is shown as a man with unexpected mood swings and who uses unconventional words like “snozzwangers” that are funny and highly entertaining. The plight and difficulties of Charlie’s family who are dealing with poverty is also shown sensitively through the author’s engaging writing.

I have enjoyed reading numerous of Roald Dahl’s works and this is among his better works which entertains as well as teaches. I felt sorry for Charlie and his family who are poor but still determined to live happily within their means. I was highly entertained by the eccentric Willy Wonka and loved the tour of the chocolate factory. I loved the wide eyed delight and curiosity of Charlie while in the chocolate factory and also enjoyed the interesting way in which Dahl described the chocolate factory with its many different kinds of candies that were everywhere. A must read book for children as well as adults which is guaranteed to give you a few hours of solace from your daily problems. A 4 out of 5 to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. :)

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