Daily Archives: December 15, 2013

387 Short Stories: Day 6: Story 6: The Butler by Roald Dahl

The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories

Title: The Butler
Author: Roald Dahl
Taken from: The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories

A short story project cannot be complete without having read a story written by Roald Dahl. It goes with the genre and if it does not, then it has to. I started reading Dahl when I was fourteen. I started late but by the time I was sixteen, I had read everything by him. The story read today was also the one I had read in the past – the name of which is, “The Butler”.

“The Butler” is your average short story, running into four and a half pages and yet Dahl manages to pack everything in it – including his most famous take-you-by-surprise endings. The story revolves around Mr and Mrs Cleaver and how suddenly they become rich (nouveau riche) and of course move homes, hire a French Chef Estragon and of course an English butler, Tibbs as well. Tibbs but of course, is at the crux of the story, almost providing an elite education to his master, when it comes to the ways of the world – parties, wine and food. This is just a brief idea. There is of course more to the story.

Why must you read this story? First, because it is short and will not take too much of your time. Second, Dahl never bores you. There is no possibility of getting bored at all. The writing is witty, razor sharp and lends just perfect to the collection from where it is taken. Third, Dahl intelligently touches on other issues in the story, while appearing not to. There is no reason for you not to read this story or any story by Roald Dahl.