Here we are again. I’ve caught up with another of Roald Dahl’s works and this time, I read The BFG.
Here’s the summary from the back cover of the book:
The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants — rather than the BFG — she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!
The BFG, also known as Big Friendly Giant, and the orphan girl Sophie happen to cross paths one evening which eventually change their lives. Despite their differences in size and kind, this does not stop them from being friends with one another and treating each other as a family.
Taking a closer look at the characters, I find both of them loveable to any reader’s eyes. The BFG shows how to break from the status quo and be different in his own way. He himself might seem a weakling in the group of giants, but he holds a unique talent that separates him from the other hideous giants. Plus, the relationship he had with Sophie is remarkably lovely. It shows how the BFG proves to be a good friend like no other to Sophie.
One of the things I would like to talk about is the giant language the BFG uses. He may be illiterate; thus the confusion of words I get myself into while I read through some parts, but I find the conversations between Sophie and the BFG entertaining, humorous, and somewhat philosophical. The topics being discussed have certain depth in it. Among this is the comparison between the nature of giants and humans. The book mentions the evident reality of humanity where people kill each other. On the other hand, the BFG explains that giants don’t kill their fellow species. This makes one wonder if humans are really better and more civilized than giants.
Another one is about the nature of mystery. The world is full of mysteries and the BFG is not naïve about it, as opposed to human beings. With this said, the giant is filling Sophie with such knowledge that she cannot easily comprehend. And this is the part where the argumentative statement “seeing is believing” comes in, which I think that up to know, is still debatable.
Moving on, it’s amazing how Roald Dahl has created an idea that’s intangible and make it tangible. In this book’s case, dreams can be caught. Moreover, the concept of good and bad dreams the BFG catches, and how they’re capable of being mixed together, gives readers an understanding that dreams have no limitations. Dreams go on as long as our imaginations are at work.
I pretty much enjoy this book. It’s not just meant for children, but instead, the book is also for those who would want to relive their childhood and walk down that memory lane again. The BFG is surely a light and fun read. Lessons can be picked out from this book, and who knows, it might open our minds that perhaps giants are real. Besides, believing is not constricted to just seeing, right?