Time­less Dahl walks a del­i­cate tightrope

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to adapt dad’s work. There’s a line be­tween tragedy and tragedy that goes too far.

Dad used to say a good ex­am­ple was of chil­dren walk­ing down the street and see­ing a man slip on a ba­nana skin. They roar with laugh­ter, but if he’s bro­ken his back then it’s not funny any­more. There’s an in­vis­i­ble tightrope dad was able to walk along that makes it a chal­lenge for film-mak­ers.

Why do you think your fa­ther’s books are still so pop­u­lar?

They’re time­less books. The is­sues they talk about are time­less. Like the big gi­ant in the BFG. It’s in the same vein as Alice in Won­der­land, chil­dren hav­ing to deal with au­thor­ity. Or Charlie and the Choco­late Fac­tory. Every­body loves choco­late. That’s pretty time­less as well. – ANA-AP

Mara Wil­son as Matilda in the movie adap­ta­tion of the book.

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