I’m glad some of you got a chance to read this book as well as see the movie. Matilda is quite charming, no? And yes, there were bits of the book that were a little strange, but it was a nice read all the same. Let’s hope we don’t encounter too many Trunchbulls in our lives!
Many of you wondered about how “real” Matilda’s character is. Granted, I don’t know any five-year-olds who behave the way she does, but there’s probably one or two out there. A lot of you liked Matilda, but you couldn’t decide why. Is it because she is insanely intelligent for her age? Or maybe it’s because she’s unbelievably patient (which I know I’M not)? Or, and this is my personal favourite, maybe because she’s got a bit of a predilection for exacting revenge. Now, I’m not necessarily the type of person to get someone back, but I sometimes wish I had a bit more gumption in me to at least think of how I might do it. This dilemma reminds me of the question that my home girl, Anne-with-an-E, poses: “Which would you rather be if you had the choice—divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?” Which trait would you rather have?
Roald Dahl’s Online Corners