When Matilda starts school, she is ecstatic to learn outside of her local library and make friends. Crunchem Hall isn't a place of fun and laughter, however. The menacing headmistress Miss Trunchbull hates children...and Matilda is fresh meat.
With all the adult oppression closing in on her, can Matilda use her brain power to triumph? It might just take something...phenomenal.
I'd never read 'Matilda' but after 'The BFG' I thought it was about time. The real magic of the story is the way in which Dahl wraps you up in the world of the characters and makes everything seem so vivid, without launching into endless descriptions.
Matilda is a wonderful protagonist. She is relatable, not because of her high intelligence (which could in fact alienate the reader) but because of how she is looked down on and spoken down to by adults. Anyone who has been a child has experienced first-hand what it is like to be belittled by a grown up because you are a kid and they feel they are justified to treat you as a lesser being, undeserving of respect but deserving of everyone's opinion. As least...I have.
Dahl didn't just create a character who was clever because she knows things but because of the way she acts and how she handles herself in situations. Indeed, she has a heroism to her that even adults like Miss Honey don't posses, although it would be unfair to fay Miss Honey is not an admirable character. She puts up with her awful living situations to continue with her love of teaching.
'Matilda' is a delightful read for all ages. I look forward to reading more of Dahl in the near future.
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