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Boy: Tales of Childhood (Roald Dahl Autobiography #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  33,309 ratings  ·  1,474 reviews
""An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.This is not an autobiography. I would never write a history of myself. On the other hand, throughout my young days at school and just afterwards a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten." -- Roald Dahl"

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Published July 23rd 2002 by Harper Audio (first published 1984)
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Diane Librarian
This is a charming collection of stories from Roald Dahl's childhood. I loved his books when I was a kid (my favorites were Danny the Champion of the World, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and it was fun to hear some true tales from the great storyteller.

One of my favorite stories was about the free candy bars he got when he was at boarding school. Cadbury's would send over boxes of test chocolates, and the boys would sample the new flavors and write their reviews. Dahl said the b
(Deciding to re-read this book was inspired by the wonderful ladies at Gathering Books and their fantastic bimonthly meme‘Everything Dahl and Magical’. Which I absolutely adore. )

“When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty. I must tell you, therefore, that it was I and I alone who had the idea for the great and daring Mouse Plot. We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.”

I first read this glorious memoir aged twelv
Sita Sargeant
Oct 07, 2011 Sita Sargeant rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Roald Dahl
Recommended to Sita by: Yr 7 English Teacher
I read this in year 7 for English and I loved it.

Me, I normally hate school books. But this one was different, I really liked this one. It was just so interesting. I can still remember half the stuff that happened in the book. That is how much it stuck with me. I recommend this to fans of Roald Dahl and even non fans, this book is different from all his other work.


Good different...

I still recommend it, the things that happen and how he describes it is just...


That is the only word to describe
Sep 29, 2007 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Both children and adults
My interest in reading this novel was stimulated a few weeks ago when I visited some friends, one of whom over the course of the evening dug up his collection of Roald Dahl books and proceeded to reintroduce us the magic we had near forgetten we had experienced as children in reading them.

I have always loved the sheer dottiness of the tales of Roald Dahl - the horrid nature of the some of his adult characters and the heroic nature of his young but strong willed main characters.

What I loved abo
Michelle Scott
This is my favorite autobiography. I was envious of Dahl when he told of the story of when Cadbury would send new candy to his boarding school for the children to test. I remember the candy he described, it sounded delicious, but today you can't find the candy because this was around the 40's. I don't know why I just went on a tangent about candy; I guess Roald Dahl has that effect on me.
I am very fond of reading books about children’s bitter experiences. Perhaps I believe in American psychologist, Erik Fromm’s belief that “ to understand children, we, adults, try to think like a child again.”Unfortunately, not all adults are aware of this fact. That’s why the main purpose of literature is to educate people about life, basically about children life. I have read some books about children. I can hardly ever forget Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt ( 5 stars ), The Butcher’s Boy by P ...more
This was one of those eye openers for me as a child; I read Boy countless times (and back home still have the well worn edition from 1986). The concept of an autobiography was so new and radical, at a time when reading was all make believe and fiction; it 'really happened', it wasn't made up! Rather, a magical book that opened up another world, glimpsing a life I would never experience.

His remembrances of childhood and school life are frank, vivid and frequently horrific. In particular, his acc
Roald Dahl è il mio mito.
Lo è da quando, a sette anni o giù di lì, l'ho scoperto per la prima volta, e probabilmente lo sarà per sempre.

Ha una voce inconfondibile, una visione del mondo che fa invidia e una vita splendidamente eccitante. C'è qualcosa nel suo modo di scrivere che rende ogni aneddoto, ogni capitolo e ogni personaggio assolutamente memorabile e facile da visualizzare. È divertente, a tratti esilarante, confortante e spaventoso, e a volte serio. È questo, forse, quello che ha dato a
I'm not usually one for autobiographies, but this one rocked. Ronald Dahl was a fortunate child. Fortunate that he wasn't killed many times by events in his life and by the awesome adventures and memories he was privileged to have.
I will give you my favorite excerpt from this book.
"It won't take two seconds, " the doctor said. He spoke gently, and I was seduced by his voice. Like an ass, I opened my mouth.
The tiny blade flashed in the bright light and disappeared into my mouth.

You must read the
I think Roald Dahl is probably the best children's storyteller. When my third grade teacher read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to our class I remember thinking, "This guy is really good." But as good as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is (or The Twits or The Witches or Matilda or pick your favorite), it is "Boy", his memoir or childhood written for children, that I read so many times that the copy I found in my basement last week is completely ripped to shreds. He writes for children a ...more
Normally I would only give this about three stars, but I remember being fascinated by this book as a child. Now I think that there's very little real content -- I read it while my girlfriend was having dinner, for god's sake, and she didn't take that long, not even as much as an hour I'd say -- but of course what there is is well written and fun, and you can see the seeds of Roald Dahl's books in his autobiography. Not just the big ideas, but the sense of fun and even the way he describes things ...more
What child is not completely enamored by the stories written by Roald Dahl? For that matter, what adult does not have a special place in their heart for his audacious, fantastical, magical, whimsical tales? Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, James & The Giant Peach, Fantastic Mister Fox, Matilda. To name only a few. Not to mention his equally magnificent fiction / nonfiction for adults.

Here is a chance for a behind-the-scenes look into this storyteller's world. What was this man's childhoo
Grady McCallie
Roald Dahl's fiction for adults is often dark and twisted. In his fiction for kids, that impulse is usually kept in the background, displaced in the main thread of the story by the sheer likeability of the main character, even if there are periodic signals that the world of the story has a lot of cruelty in it.

Boy, Dahl's memoir of his childhood, explains a lot of this - his remembered youth consists of wrenching losses, exile to a series of dreadful boarding schools, and brutal medical procedu
Boy: Tales of Childhood was a marvellous autobiography. Throughout this book, I was able to see where Roald drew his inspirations from for his children's books. His life experiences were admirable, particularly because he lived through such tough times, when compared to our current lifestyles today where we take most things for granted. I can't imagine how much pain Roald suffered during his adenoids removal and broken nose without anaesthetic! And not to mention his poor bottom that suffered th ...more
Maravillosamente maravilloso.
Como fan declarada de Roald Dahl este era un libro que tenía ganas de leer hacía tiempo. Pero como trae fotos y cartas escritas por él, me parecía necesario tener el libro y no leer una versión digital, así que esperé y ahora, en las vacaciones, llegó mi oportunidad.

Boy es un libro breve, y en el caso de mi edición, de tapa dura, lo que lo hace todavía más tierno. Dahl se ubica como un narrador con ganas de rememorar y un poco resignado (pero en el mejor de los sentidos) a contar sus travesuras
Parinaz Mosayebi
Today after an hour of sleepy studying I was hovering around the school library when I saw this Roald Daul book on a shelf and grabbed it. A few paragraphs and "that's it!" The librarian was watching me with a big funny smile on her face so I had no other way but to walk toward her like a real senior studying for university entrance test and try not to think that almost every book I pick up in the school library is a children's book. :-"
I know this is not a review! What's the point in writing on
Col. Smith
Was a breeze through read giving me a peek into the childhood and ancestry of Roald Dahl. A good overview of the British school system of those days. I also came to know about the motivation behind his book "Charlie and the chocolate factory".
Reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the first time was almost a mystical experience. I was around Charlie's age and even though I knew the book was way out there in terms of reality I understood the disconnect Charlie felt towards adults and authority. I didn't read lots of Dahl's other works until I was in library school. As an older reader I was struck by how hideous and cruel the adult characters were and how hapless the lives of the kid characters were written. I don't think JK Row ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 12, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tata J
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: 501
The beauty of this book is in the way it was written. It's like Roald Dahl was your buddy and for each time you were together, he told you pieces of his life when he was very young. It is not as grandiose as say Frank McCourt's ANGELA'S ASHES (that was not all true according to its critics). In fact, the chapters of this book, BOY: TALES OF CHILDHOOD is composed of Dahl's young life anecdotes that he would not forget. He, unlike McCourt, though, professed in this book's introduction, that these ...more
A must-read for lovers of Roald Dahl, this little book delves into tales from his early life, spanning his childhood up until he leaves for East Africa while working for the Shell Company (where the subsequent book Going Solo picks up the tale).

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for quite some time now, but I'm glad that I finally picked it up. It was definitely an interesting look into the life of one of my very favorite authors, and it was interesting to see what exactly made him tick. It
Leave it to the wayward and whimsical Roald Dahl to write his memoirs in a very unorthodox way: a collection of memories that prove he didn’t only have a vivid imagination, but always had a way of looking at the world that would become golden in writing children’s books.

My favourite scene without a doubt is about the candy store where they sell liquorice bootlaces which they are meant to believe are made from rat’s blood.
”Every ratcatcher in the country’, the father had said, ‘takes his rats t
K. Hosein
Sep 09, 2012 K. Hosein rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone remotely interested in Dahl or his books
Recommended to K. by: Given to me on my 26th birthday by Portia Subran.
'We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.'

"Boy: Tales of Childhood" was one of the books gifted to me by my girlfriend, Portia, on my 26th birthday. She had urged me to read this before delving into Roald Dahl's other work of personal nature, "Going Solo". So I started this today and finished it today. The book is described by Dahl not as an autobiography but just a recollection of events that he could skim from the top of his consciousness, events that have stayed wi
Arystha Ayu
I like how Dahl told his childhood in this book. And I like every single chapter, and sentence, and word of this incredible story.
“Boy Tales of Childhood”

Boy tells the amazing story of Roald Dahl’s adventures from birth and finishing school. The sequel that follows Boy is “Going Solo” which tells the story about Dahl growing up.

Roald Dahl's autobiography focuses mostly on his unpleasant experiences at his three schools. Between ages 7 and 9, Dahl went to school in his Welsh hometown, where he and his friends put a mouse in the neighbourhood sweetshop and were caned by the schoolmaster. To save her son from such beatings,
César Lasso
No soy aficionado a la literatura infantil: de Dahl, lo que más me gusta son sus cuentos exclusivamente para adultos, así como su novela My Uncle Oswald. De todos modos, estas son las memorias de infancia de un Dahl ya adulto y consagrado como escritor, y están impregnadas de su divertido genio y sarcasmo.
Sidharth Panwar
'Boy' is a delightful book and I wish I had read it earlier. There are times when as a kid you feel that all the wrongs in life are dished to you exclusively but reading this book makes you realize that childhood is a bitter-sweet candy and all of us wobble through it somehow. There are tales to tell, oh the tales we all carry in our hearts. While reading I could think of so many mischiefs I committed and then forgot about them. Reading Dahl's exploits brought back a hundred little things to min ...more
Roald Dahl was one of my favorite authors as a child and still is.

In Boy: Tales of Childhood, Roald Dahl talks about his most vivid childhood memories including family trips to Norway, plots against despised grown-ups, floggings at school and much more. His description and tales of certain adults are definitely entertaining and made me laugh a couple of times. I especially enjoyed reading about his visits to the glorious sweet-shop and all the amusing things his friend Thwaites used to say abou
Pilar ☽
Lovely book!
I had to read this to help my little sister with her homework... I'm such a great sister.
“When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty. I must tell you, therefore, that it was I and I alone who had the idea for the great and daring Mouse Plot. We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.”

This book is about Roald Dahl when he was a boy, and the strange and exciting things he did at that age. Roald's Story is touching and hilarious. This book is for People who like Comedy and Biographys.
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime a
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“We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.” 208 likes
“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.” 51 likes
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