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Going Solo by Roald Dahl

Going Solo (original 1986; edition 2001)

by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

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Title:Going Solo
Authors:Roald Dahl
Other authors:Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin Books (2001), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 224 pages
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Going solo by Roald Dahl (1986)

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“A life is made up of a great number of small incidents, and a small number of great ones.

Going Solo follows on immediately from the first part of Dahl’s memoirs, Boy. Dahl has left school is now working for the oil company, Shell. His first job with them sends him to East Africa – Dar es Salaam - for a three year tour and the book opens with anecdotes about his life there with colonials and his ‘boy’ Mdisho. His trip to East Africa is cut short with the arrival of World War Two and Dahl enlists in the RAF and the book thereafter is taken up with tales from his experiences of the war.

I enjoyed the first part of the memoirs more than this part, but it was still interesting. I gather though that Dahl embellished an awful lot of what happened (some reports state that he was not, as the book suggests, unaccompanied when his plane came down), so maybe one shouldn’t take some of the wilder tales at face value. I really should read a biography about Dahl at some stage. ( )
  Bagpuss | Jan 17, 2016 |
There is nothing Roald Dahl has written that I haven't loved. Going Solo is no different. His way of telling stories brings the Middle Eastern front to life from the unique perspective of an RAF pilot. From Dar es Salaam to Haifa, readers also see how Dahl's love of and fascination with unique animals was developed. A great read, perfectly suitable for younger Dahl fans as well as adults. ( )
  GReader28 | Dec 16, 2015 |
A great follow-up to "Boy"!
  rebeccar76 | Jun 24, 2015 |
There is an innocence to all of Roald Dahl's approach to writing and life as it were. The eternal optimist even when talking about something as grim as war. ( )
  maximnoronha | Apr 18, 2015 |
Great memoir from Roald Dahl that begins where Boy ended. The tone of this book is different from Boy. Dahl's anecdotes are more serious - they should be when they have to do with poisonous snakes, lions, murder, crashing one's plane, losing friends, and WWII in general. His stories didn't make me laugh but they were riveting. I kept trying to imagine being that young with so much responsibility. And his injuries! So severe and yet, he wanted to keep flying. Finally, flying a combat mission and being shot at would be terrifying! This quote stuck with me, "In retrospect, one gasps at the waste of life." (Referring to the loss of young fighter pilots.) I would use this with older students studying biographies or WWII. ( )
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The fascinating story of Roald Dahl's life continues in Going Solo, a marvelous evocation of the author's wartime exploits. As a pilot in World War II, Roald Dahl had some wonderfully exciting -- and frighteningly near-death -- experiences including encounters with the enemy, battles with deadly snakes, and incredible dogfights. Told with the same irresistible appeal that has made Dahl one of the world's best-loved writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this brilliant man.

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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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