I would not be the least bit surprised to find out that Mr. Dahl self medicates. This story reads like a bad acid trip. With that said I found it enjoyable enough. Why did I read this? Looking for books to read to children in hopes of being a daddy once again some day. I am not sure why this is on the BBC all time literature list though. It is good but not great. All time classic. No. This book will be forgotten in the annuals of time.