Life with his aunts is hard, and they ill treat him making him work all day. James wishes he could play and be free like other children. He dreams of running away from his mean aunts. His dream comes true when a strange old man appears with a bagful of magic crystals. These crystals have enormous power and they are meant for James to eat. But James drops the crystals in the garden accidentally. The next day he finds to his surprise an enormous peach growing from the lone peach tree in their garden. He is so excited and goes to explore it at night. He finds a small door leading deep into the peach and finds to his surprise finds seven enormous insects (a Grasshopper, Centipede, Lady Bug, Spider, Earthworm and Glow Worm). He is frightened out of his wits at first, but to his pleasant surprise James finds that they are friendly creatures and were waiting for him. No sooner do they all get to know each other than the peach rolls off the tree, flattening the greedy aunts on its way down the hill and falls into the English Channel. It floats in water, till James has a brainwave. They tie the peach to a whole flock of sea gulls. In this way they fly across the sea. Encountering many adventures on the way James and his friends travel and reach New York where the peach gets stuck on the Empire state building. All the seven insects and James become celebrities and live the rest of their lives in New York in great honour.
This is one of the first books by Roald Dahl and some of James' suffering with his aunts could be autobiographical. Dahl's love for insects is also brought out in this book.In his book Solo he mentions the scorpion fights that he and his comrades had in the scalding deserts during wartime. The peach tree that Dahl wrote about in James and the Gaint Peach existed inthe Roald Dahl's garden in England.... [continues]
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