Charlie og Chokoladefabrikken
Title: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Author: Roald Dahl
Published in English: 1964
Dansk titel: Charlie og Chokoladefabrikken
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 1999
Forlag: Den Faktyrlige Bogklub
Finished Reading: November 2019
Genre: Children’s & Classics
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Charlie Bucket’s wonderful adventure begins when he finds one of Mr. Willy Wonka’s precious Golden Tickets and wins a whole day inside the mysterious chocolate factory. Little does he know the surprises that are in store for him!
I have a soft spot for illustrated versions – Might even go so far as to say I’m obsessed (scratch that) a collector. Whether its children’s books or adult novels, I buy them all. The problem arises when I need to read them, since they are so much bigger than the regular version of the book, but anyways, the drawings were charming. I’ve read the story a few times and you simply can’t go wrong.
Charlie is the most adorable child you’ll ever meet in any written story. He has so much heart and empathy you wish he’d get the whole world in his pockets. Even though it’s categorized as a children’s book it has some dark themes and the author Dahl tells it like it is, he doesn’t sugar coat the fact that the Bucket family doesn’t own a dime and their living conditions are, let’s be honest, hell. They aren’t just hungry and poor they are destitute. I liked the book because of this. It’s not sanitized its real and that’s why the impact is so much greater.
So many things make this story one of a kind. Willy Wonka is a genius and an absolute nutcase but I’m so happy he possesses these traits makes him extremely likable. I think the transcript from book to move (the one with Johnny Depp) is amazing. I’ve seen the movie before reading the book and because of that, I knew what was going to happen, but it didn’t bother me one bit. The fact that we’ve gotten to know little Charlie though this book makes the movie experience even better. We got the fact that he was polite and the most kind kid in the world though the movie but in the book, his personality comes across much more strongly.
I would definitely recommend this book to both children and adults; maybe grownups can learn something from this book as well, we can only hope.