The Way Up To Heaven by Roald Dahl ★★★★★ #ShortStoryReview #BookReview #RoaldDahl #TheWayUpToHeaven


Primary Genre(s): Short Story, Horror
Published: Originally in 27 Feb 1954 issue of The New Yorker
Page count: 21
Format: online copy

My rating: ★★★★

A woman obsessed with punctuality makes a fateful decision.

My Thoughts
This story is available online. Please click here to read the story before continuing – it will take about 20 minutes to read. Spoilers are included below. As I have said before, it is difficult to discuss such short stories without giving away the plot. Here are my pros and cons:


  1. I absolutely LOVE the way Dahl ends his short stories. This one is no exception. You don’t even know what has happened until the very end – actually the last three words. The last sentence is horrific because of how simple and normal it is. Just brilliant!
  2. Dahl’s stories seem to include a lot of men that take their wives for granted. While I don’t advocate murder or abandonment or any of the other things that take place in these stories, I have to admit that a little part of me enjoys it when the women – who are treated so wickedly – come out ahead!
  3. I love the way Dahl writes characters. I despised Mr. Foster in this story. What a complete jerk! Seriously, I was getting angry with him! That is good writing.
  4. After you have finished the story, you realize how wickedly ironic it was of Mrs. Foster to write home and remind her husband to “… be sure to take your meals regularly, dear, although this is something I’m afraid you may not be doing when I’m not with you.” So chilling!


  1. No cons on this one. I loved it!

Another awesome story in the Roald Dahl collection that I highly recommend. This story is wickedly entertaining. I can’t wait to read more!

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