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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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In 1980 Dahl said that life is made up of a great number of small incidents and a small number of great ones. The first half of this book, which is set in East Africa, he wrote only about moments he considered memorable. In the second part dealing with the time he was flying with the RAF, he considered every moment "totally enthralling".

The book begins in 1938 when at age 22, he went to work for Shell in East Africa He relates a few anecdotes from that time, of which a favourite has to be Simba, the story about how a lion took the cook's wife. Fortunately, the lion carried the woman gently like one of her cubs, and she was uninjured. Dahl sent an eye witness account to a Nairobi newspaper, for which he was paid five pounds - his first published work.

His experience as an RAF pilot in Africa, Greece and Palestine is "totally enthralling" to the reader too. He writes with good humour and a lightheartedness even when facing the utmost danger. He, like others, were frustrated by the lack of organization in the RAF command in the area. On one occasion he was sent in the wrong direction in the desert, misdirection that almost cost him his life. Of the original 16 pilots in his group, thirteen were killed.

I loved this book! It's a smashing adventure story that can be enjoyed by young and old, fans and neophytes alike. Dahl's writing style is straightforward and crystal clear. He has a talent for description that can conjure up a picture in the mind like magic. ( )
2 vote VivienneR | Apr 15, 2016 |
“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 |
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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.
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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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