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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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  JMlibrarian | Feb 27, 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. ( )
  amrahmn | Feb 8, 2015 |
Un relato autobiográfico trepidante. Narra, en primera persona, el periplo del autor en su juventud; primero, en África, donde le sorprende la Segunda Guerra Mundial, después, en Grecia y Oriente Medio, donde ejerce de piloto de guerra. Uno de los mejores libros que he leído en mi vida, no sólo por la sinceridad de la descripción, sino también por el ritmo. ( )
  arpashl | Jan 16, 2015 |
A biography about the second half of Roald Dahls life that covers his time in the airforce as he flies against the Germans in WW2.

Very moving and human Roald really invites us in to his life. What he experiences is terrifying and thrilling at the same time and all the more engrossing because you know it is real. From his time in training, to an epic chapter that covers his first crash, survival and time in hospital.

To know that such a gentle man, a man who writes so well for children, went through such incredible ordeals and came out still able to connect with the children of the world is a marvel. ( )
  areadingmachine | Aug 19, 2014 |
While Dahl's childhood (recounted in Boy) was disturbingly grim, Going Solo offers straight up adventure - a young man off to seek his fortune in the world, working for Shell Oil in East Africa, and then flying for the Royal Air Force in World War II. The world changed a great deal from the late 1930s and early 1940s, when the events of the autobiography took place, and the 1980s, when Dahl wrote it. His narrative voice falls somewhere in between - perhaps not wholly sharing the cringe-worthy colonial attitudes of his youth, but not entirely renouncing them either. But taken as an historical account, it is illuminating and a lively read. Dahl's recollection of the air battle over Athens (April 20, 1941) and its immediate aftermath is the high point of the book. ( )
  bezoar44 | Apr 22, 2014 |
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A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141303107, Paperback)

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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