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Going Solo (1986)

by Roald Dahl

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Series: Roald Dahl's Autobiographies (2)

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As a young man working in East Africa for the Shell Company, Roald Dahl recounts his adventures living in the jungle and later flying a fighter plane in World War II.

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a continuation of his autobiography describing his childhood, Boy and detailed his travel to Africa and exploits as a World War II pilot.
The book started with Dahl's voyage to Africa in 1938, which was prompted by his desire to find adventure after finishing school.[1] He was on a boat heading towards Dar es Salaam for his new job working for Shell Oil. During this journey, he met various people[2] and described extraordinary events such as a lion carrying a woman in its mouth.

He eventually joined the war as a squadron pilot in the Royal Air Force, flying the Tiger Moth, Gloster Gladiator, and Hawker Hurricane. He was among the last Allied pilots to withdraw from Greece during the German invasion, taking part in the air for the Battle of Athens on 20 April 1941. In one of his accounts, he described a crash in the Western Desert, which fractured his skull and brought him several other problems such as temporarily being blinded during his days in Greece.[3] After the country fell to the Nazis, he went to the Middle East to fight Vichy French pilots after staying for a brief time in Alexandria, Egypt.
In Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl (2010), Donald Sturrock claimed that there are disparities to the author's claims in the book, describing them as flights of pure fancy or compelling recreations of stories heard from others such as the accounts about exotic African animal adventures.[4] There was also the case of his encounter with a group of Germans, which he had orders to round up. Dahl wrote in Going Solo that its leader was killed by an African guard after thrusting a Luger pistol in his chest.[5] In Lucky Break (1977), a story published 10 years prior, the version of this story was less dramatic with the Germans quickly giving themselves up, allowing Dahl's group to march themselves to a camp in Dar es Salaam without much difficulty.[4]
1 vote MasseyLibrary | Oct 16, 2022 |
"Going Solo" picks up the narrative thread where "Boy" comes to a close, and yes, I can immediately say that the two books were rightly published as separate volumes, as the narratorial voice between the two is different just as the subject matter is. While the first was relatively idyllic - the surgery and bullying aside - the second concentrates on more adult subjects, such as Dahl's experiences as a pilot in WW2. Frankly, I'm surprised that this book should have been included in a collection for younger readers - there are certainly darker moments in the likes of "Fantastic Mister Fox" but nothing to what you find here. All in all, though, this is a terrific read, and when I reached the last page I was sad that the story had so soon come to an end. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Aug 3, 2022 |
Really astounding. ( )
  k6gst | May 25, 2022 |
Roald Dahl tells the best stories.... even for adults. This book was about his time traveling for the oil company he represented and then about his time as an RAF fighter pilot. Great reading. ( )
  RobertaLea | Jan 1, 2022 |
Dahl is as perfect a storyteller as there ever was. His life and travels before and during the war are fascinating and simply described. ( )
  imagists | Sep 26, 2021 |
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A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones.
A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones. An autobiography must therefore, unless it is to become tedious, be extremely selective, discarding all the inconsequential incidents in one's life and concentrating upon those that have remained vivid in the memory.
I have tried to be as selective as possible and have written only about those moments that I consider memorable.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141322748, 0141037334, 0241955793


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