I’m making great headway on my Book Challenge. Those Roald Dahl books are so easy and fun to breeze through! This week I read The BFG and it took me a bit longer than Fantastic Mr. Fox or James and the Giant Peach because I was so busy taking notes and copying quotes. It turns out the Big Friendly Giant has a lot to say about the human condition. Because he is, you know, a giant, the BFG has an outsider’s point of view and can comment on the state of humanity with objectivity. Furthermore, our friend the giant has a unique way with words. He manages to use a lot of words we’ve never heard of before to express sentiments that are all to familiar. Sentiments like these:
We are a diverse race, us humans. Sometimes we don’t make sense, but we often make mistakes.
I is full of mistakes. They is not my fault. I do my best.
BFG: Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind… Human beans is squishing each other all the time. They is shootling guns and going up is aerioplanes to drop their bombs on each other’s heads every week.
Sophie: Even so, I think it’s rotten that those foul giants should go off every night to eat humans. Humans have never done them any harm.
BFG: That is what the little piggy-wig is saying every day. He is saying, ‘I has never done any harm to the human bean so why should he be eating me? …The human beans is making rules to suit themselves… Everybody is making his own rules to suit himself.
Faith is hard.
Just because we happen not to have actually seen something with our own two little winkles, we think it is not existing.
The matter with human beans is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.
Words are important and shouldn’t be gobblefunked around with.
Humans like things, like sleep and music.
Human beans is crazy for sleeping. Sometimes human beans is very overcome when they is hearing wonderous music. They is getting shivers down their spindels.
There are just some things we humans will never understand.
Dreams is full of mystery and magic. Do not try to understand them.
Oh, the Big Friendly Giant. Spitting the truth (albeit in a very unique way) since 1982.