Sunday, 26 April 2009

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roal Dhal.

Lamb to the Slaugheter is a dramatic short story written by Roal Dhal.
Mary Maloney, a pregnant, housewife, is waiting the arrival of her husband from work very anxiously. Mary adores her husband. However, her husband tells her he is leaving her. Mary pretends she has not listened to her husband's news. She goes to the kitchen so as to prepare something for dinner although her husband tells her he does not want to eat; she takes a frozen lamb from the refrigerator and hits her husband in his head while he is looking through the window. The man falls dead on the floor. Mary gives a very organized aliby to the police who believe her.
I love Roal Dhal's stories, since they are appealing. They catch the reader's attention through mistery, black humour, ironic comments, etc.



  1. Turdus dijo:
    Great short story! Not only Mary has a cast-iron alibi, but also she makes the most important piece of evidence (the murder weapon)disappear! If you really enjoy reading this kind of stories, you will definitely love reading "The way up to heaven" by Roald Dahl, in which the conflict remains in a woman too.

  2. I loved reading this short story. I am very fond of this type of short stories that includes irony to bring humor to the plot, murders, the question of justice and unjustice, revenge, love and passion. I think these elements make a short story more interesting to read.

  3. A big thumb up for both stories-Lamb to the slaughter and The way up to heaven- and of course…for the author, Roald Dahl! Most of his short stories are far well known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour.
    If you really enjoy his masterpieces you can’t miss these websites:
    Hope you enjoy them!!