[kindle] Boy: Tales of ChildhoodAuthor Roald Dahl – Stg2bio.co

Throughout my young days at school and just afterwards a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten Boy is a funny, insightful and at times grotesque glimpse into the early life of Roald Dahl, one of the world s favourite authors We discover his experiences of the English public school system, the idyllic paradise of summer holidays in Norway, the pleasures and pains of the sweetshop, and how it is that he avoided being a Boazer This is the unadulterated childhood sad and funny, macabre and delightful that inspired our most loved children s writer

9 thoughts on “Boy: Tales of Childhood

  1. Anglian Traveller Anglian Traveller says:

    This is the first part of Roald Dahl s autobiography, covering his childhood years from birth in 1916 until working for the Shell company from 1934 36 on the eve of his departure to Tanzania on a 3 year posting these years in Africa are detailed in the follow up book, Going Solo.Much of the book details his schooldays, including unhappy years as a boarder at a repressive prep school in Weston super Mare and subsequent time at Repton, where he eventually became a respected sports team captain of fives and the squash team and the only ever sports team captain not made a prefect due to his rebellious, anti establishment nature.Spliced in between the schoolday stories are tales of the family s annual summer holiday expeditions to Norway to live on remote idyllic islands for weeks at a time, a hair raising first experience in a motor car driven by his elder sister who crashed and injured young Roald so badly that his nose was almost severed, and having his adenoids removed with a sharp knife and without anaesthetic by a local doctor, after which he walked home with his mother.Dahl is such an excellent writer that he makes everything interesting He deploys great economy of language and has an engaging, conversational writing style The book is basically highlights of the author s first 20 years, including some highly traumatic incidents, always recounted with humour and great self awareness and decorated with Dahl s own distinctive cartoon sketches of some of the episodes It s an easy read and you can finish the book in a few hours.You will also likely want to read the follow up book Going Solo which details the author s time working in Tanzania in the late 1930s, training as a fighter pilot in the RAF and experience of combat in a Hurricane in the Mediterranean theatre facing the numerically superior forces of the Luftwaffe.Highly recommended.

  2. Mrs. N. J. Mcclymont Mrs. N. J. Mcclymont says:

    Such an interesting read, I am Glued to the pages and will be buying part 2 as soon as I finish this I have been a fan of Roald Dahl all my life, I Love his stories and feel I shall be revisiting many of my old favourites Very soon indeed, as well as exploring some that I haven t yet read.What a Wonderful autobiography of a Wonderful man, with such a Loving family background and so intrigued by the world around him, coupled by some extracts of letters written to his Mother throughout his life make for a compelling read Learning of his lust to travel and experience new countries from such a young age, alongside his photography skills to capture what he finds along the way are truly inspirational.I would highly recommend this book to everyone, fan of his or not, there will be something in here to capture your interest and imagination.

  3. mariahilff.de Customer mariahilff.de Customer says:

    Boy Boy is this a book and a half Well what can I say It says what it isBoy Well chosen design to sell that says Boy Blue Please do not mix this up with Girl though girls will also enjoy this novella, please do not get me wrong Many a time have I been in THAT sweetshop I will stop there before I set anyone out to any mischief and God forbid anyone misses a game of a wellknowngame floss to go out and have fun.

  4. Min Min says:

    Well written of course, interesting, funny and sometimes quite horrific Some of the men that ran the private schools Dahl attended, by today s standards they would have all be arrested and sent down for life Glad times have changed.I love Dahl and this tale of his childhood reminds me of why I can also see where he got his ideas from Cadbury sending chocolate testing boxes, to his school..

  5. Susan Susan says:

    I loved this book when I read it when I was younger, so thought I d re read it It has lost none of its magic A lovely read about the early life of Roald Dahl The illustrations are brilliant too.

  6. jiminlondon jiminlondon says:

    I read this book chapter by chapter to my daughter as a bed time story each night When I finished Dahl s probable first autobiography my own interpretation she asked if I could read it again A beautiful story of Dahl s early years.Just a footnote, In Scandinavia Roald is pronounced Roo ald.

  7. Fufa Fufa says:

    I bought this for my husband as a prequel to reading Going Solo He is not a keen reader but is getting through the chapters quickly and enjoys the clear printing and easy style even when the content is emotional.

  8. beckyboo beckyboo says:

    I bought this for my 7 year old as she loves cds and has lots of Roald Dahl This is my personal favourite and the 7 year old was transfixed She has been quiet as a mouse two nights in a row so far, absorbed in this audio cd I can t wait until she s finished so I can pinch it for the car

  9. Atharva Atharva says:

    After reading so many books of Dahl for children, no doubt that one would love to read the making of great story teller through his childhood The books is account of Roald Dahl s memoirs of childhood and teenage, right from kindergarten till age of 20 It traverses his life in England and Norway his origin His days at boarding school are filled with fun and mischievousness One can find the comic sense and naughty humor that got built into him which is evident in his later stories And Quentin Blake s illustrations are as wonderful as those are in all Dahl s books.This hardback edition by Jonathan Cape ISBN 978 0857550460 is small in height and very cute for young hands.Recommended for age group 10.