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Going Solo (Roald Dahl Autobiography #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  11,526 ratings  ·  650 reviews
Superb Stories, Daring Deeds, Fantastic Adventures

Here is the action-packed sequel to Boy, a tale of Dahl's exploits as a World War II pilot. Told with the same irresistible appeal that has made Roald Dahl one the world's best-loved writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man.


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The second part of Roald Dah
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Penguin Books (first published 1986)
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Malbadeen
Jan 13, 2011 Malbadeen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys (yep. I'm sexist like that)
Recommended to Malbadeen by: comes quietly back to thought
2). I'm giving this book 5 stars without having actually read it, but ya know what it's my review so I can do whatever I want (don't try and stop me)!
It's getting 5 stars because my 2nd grade son LOVES, LOVES, LOVES it!!! The other night he got sent to bed with no read aloud (the little bastard lied to me about brushing his teeth, I know I'm such a hard ass) but he didn't even care!!! He just said "OK", grabbed his this book and happily trotted off to bed.
Then last night I had to go into his roo
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Monica!
I’m apparently the only person in the world, friends, who was unaware that Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot in World War II. I base this declaration not only on the fact that Miriam was all, “And also he invented all this medical technology, and he was married to a hot actress!” but because everyone I race up to, waving this book and blabbering about ROALD DAHL GOING DOWN IN FLAMES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT, is just calmly like, “Yeah? You didn’t know that?”

I’m clearly out of touch with amazing
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Miund
First I read 'Boy' and then I read 'Going Solo'. This book is perfect. Roald Dahl tells the grown-up part of his life in such a way that made me crave more for his adventures in the Royal Air Force. It's like sitting in a cafe, listening to your date who's telling you amusing stories of his life. He's a hundred years older than you are, yet you still find him attractive!
Nina
Roald Dahl is not just a great writer - he's a wonderful human being, and that's what makes him so damn good at writing too.

He's observant and self-aware, matter-of-fact but wondering, curious and amazed at life, brave and charming in the way he writes and the things he's done, concise and generous and really fucking tall.
I'm pretty much in love with his soul.
Alastair
A remarkable account of a remarkable portion of a remarkable life. Rereading this as an adult, I left with a much greater appreciation for my late grandfather's WW2 air force service and the ghastly "waste of life" he, too, was lucky enough to survive.
Emrys Elkouh
In English class, we read the autobiography Going Solo by Roald Dahl. The book is all about his adventures in Africa while working for the Shell Oil Company, and while flying for the Royal Air Force in World War Two. The book also contains some of Dahl’s encounters with animals. He wrote it to tell the reader what it was like to live and explore in the African Savanna.

This book had some strong themes. The language can take a while to decipher, and can be quite annoying at times. At other times,
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Shinichiro Sato
The book Going Solo by Roald Dahl was a real experience of what happened to him during World War II. Before WWII he went to Africa to work for the Shell Oil Company. During WWII he became a pilot in England. Roald Dahl wrote 48 books in his life. This book is interesting and I would recommend it.

The strength of this book was its excitement. Dahl seemed crazy he talked to animals. One time he talks to the giraffes, “Hello, giraffes! Hello! Hello! Hello! How are you today?” (Going Solo p79). The
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Andy
Following on from Boy, Going Solo was another tremendously important book to me as a child. Where I could relate to his boyhood tales in some way, the next part of his life was a complete window to another world. Read then it was extraordinary and magical; read now I appreciate it on different levels entirely.

Dahl mentions how lucky he felt to have witnessed the later days of colonial Britain and the people that made the empire. All negative issues relating to Colonialism aside (I'm not going to
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Leif Fosse
The book Going Solo is full of exciting, breathtaking, suspenseful, and defiantly worth reading. This book is about a young mans life and all of his adventures. The one thing that I really like about this book is that the fun never stops. First they talk about his adventures traveling with the Shell Oil company, and how he went to Africa and ran into many obstacles on his way.
The second half of this book gets even better. Roald Dahl enter the Air force and encounters many different situations
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Paul
When I was a teenager this felt like an epic read.
Now all grown up(some might disagree)
it doesn't feel as long as I thought it was but it doesnt change how great it is to read Dahls representation of the world around. His way with words and what he picks up on and presents to the reader lead to such an interesting and fun read. All in all the book only represents a small portion of his fascinating life but it draws you in.
His aerial battle scenes are so well written, never glamourising but stil
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Hyeongkyu (joseph)
Going Solo is the autobiography of Roald Dahl when he goes to Africa to work for Shell Oil Company and later volunteers to be a pilot when war is declared between Germany and England. After learning to fly, he crashes his plane in the desert and almost dies. But he recovers, regroups with his squadron, and flies in Greece and Palestine. Due to his injuries, the pain came back and he could not fly anymore. He had to go home in the middle of the war. The way he describes things in the book made me ...more
Calebishere
I wish I could say I have been all over the world, have crashed landed a plane, or have shot-down German aces, which is why I really admire Roald Dahl. Dahl leaves England at age twenty one to work for the Shell oil company in Africa. Dahl worked in Africa until the outbreak of World War II, when he enlisted in the RAF and learned to fly warplanes. After becoming a pilot officer, Dahl fought in Greece as it was overtaken by the Germans. Dahl’s book “Going Solo” tells all about his adventures wit ...more
Elizabeth
heh. recommended to me by Miriam, who noticed that it wasn't on my Flying shelf. That's because I read it long before I set up my Goodreads account! Dahl's account of the Battle of Athens is one of my touchstones - the desperation and exhaustion of the RAF pilots, their relative cluelessness about what's going on everywhere else, the hands that shake too much to hold a cigarette when you're back on the ground - it's incredibly vivid and has influenced my own writing. The rest of the book is jaw- ...more
Emery Gray
This book had some really exciting parts in it where the suspense was high, over wether Dahl was going to make it out of the dogfight alive. The rest of the book had a lot of repetition. Over and over again he just had dogfights and then landed and did the same thing. Here and there, there was an exciting part like i said. My favorite part of the book was probably when he crashed and had to be brought back to life.
The whole first half of the book was mainly my favorite part. Before he started
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Herman
This is a fun interesting autobiagraphy and had alot of adventures. This is also a very realistic book even if it is just for kids it has alot of humor. Roald writes about his recount of his experiences in Africa working for the ShellOil Company and as a pilot in WW2.
Dahl tells us about cool stories of himself meeting people. A person who puts salt on his shoulders to pretend he had dandruff just for a business meeting. Someone who runs around the boat naked in the morning. Someone who eats ora
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Anna
I adored 'Boy' when I read it as a child, and was always disappointed that I could never find 'Going Solo' in a separate edition (even at a young age it didn't make financial sense to buy a copy of a book I already had in order to get the second version!).

It may have been a long wait, but it was worth it. Dahl's real life it seems was almost as eventful as his books, and in case I'd forgotten, this was a wonderful reminder of quite how brilliant he is at telling a story!
Jackman Bayreuther
Going Solo by Roald Dahl is a wonderful autobiography. Dahl liked adventures and wrote the book to entertain people and tell them about his life. He was an RAF fighter in WWII where he traveled down to Africa to work for Shell Oil. The theme of this book is adventure. He traveled a lot and talks about the action during his travels. Dahl’s writing style is very descriptive. When he writes, he gives good details about flying, describes what the planes, and what he saw on his travels.

While Dahl wa
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Hana
Buku ini merupakan sambungan dari 'Boy', siri memoir Roald Dahl sendiri. Kisah hidupnya yang ini berkisar pada hujung 1930-an dan awal 1940-an, ketika Perang Dunia Ke-2 meletus. Pertemuannya dengan seorang tua dan sekumpulan anak yatim Yahudi di Jerusalem yang melarikan diri daripada dibunuh oleh Hitler, pada saya begitu menarik. Teknik penceritaan Roald Dahl yang unik dan segar, membuatkan saya selaku pembaca terasa seolah-olah kisah hidupnya ini baharu sahaja berlaku.
Brendan Clark
The book Going Solo is an autobiography about the author Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl had chosen to go to work for the Shell Company which is an oil company. Later he ends up joining the Royal Air Force for Britain in World War II, while he was in the air force he writes back to his mother and has many unfortunate and very lucky adventures. Roald Dahl writes this book to show what you can do if you chose a different path, in life. There are two roads, one is used with foot prints and is clear, and th ...more
Jonathan M.
I was browsing through Ms. Paese's library again, but this time I was searching in the fiction section when I found this book through it. I remember from elementary school that Roald Dahl was a very good author, so I decided to read a autobiography that was written by him. As I read the book, I had a feeling that a read it already but it passed as I progressed in the book. One thing that failed to impress me was why Roald Dahl was going to fight in the second world war. I think this is because I ...more
Panayoti Kelaidis
A gift from my daughter (so it's very special). I have mixed feelings about Dahl: I really am not crazy about Childrens' books, which is Dahl's forte after all--I never read them as a child, and am even less crazy about them as an adult. This is not a children's book, but an extremely readable part of Dahl's compelling memoirs: he led a dashing, fashionable, quirky and extremely anecdotal life: the book consists of one good story, followed up by another great yarn--all told with the spellbinding ...more
Shawn.kim
I read an autobiography book called Going Solo by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl is one of the greatest authors that I know, he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many other great books. The whole story is about Dahl’s life working with Shell Oil Company in Africa and joining the Royal Air Force and fight in the World War 2. Dahl’s life is adventurous and fun, but also deadly and dangerous. Sometimes this book is hard to believe even though it is based on the true events. The biggest reason is ...more
Shane Bush
The book Going Solo by Roald Dahl is a great book. What makes it so good is that Roald Dahl is a great author and this book is an autobiography, so it’s even better than his fiction books. Dahl was born 1916 and died in 1990. I am surprised how he remembered what happened in the war because in this book he describes things that happened with such detail. This book Going Solo is about when Dahl was a pilot in World War Two and when he works for the oil company Sell. I personally liked the war pa ...more
Pedro Saenz-diez
Going Solo by Roald Dahl.

Dahl has been sent to Africa by Shell Oil Company from England. He travels in a boat called SS Mantola to East Africa. In Africa Dahl meets a really funny guy name Mdisho was Dahl’s valet in Dahl’s house in Dar es Salaam. After months in Africa he knew how to speak Swahili, and instead of consider Mdisho a servant he consider him a good friend.


After his first year in Africa World War 2 began. After the English declare war on Germany. Mdisho was excited about war becaus
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Kazuma Hirata
I finished the book called Going Solo by Roald Dahl. This story is an autobiography. This story starts when he goes to Africa for work in the Shell Company. He met with a lot of people and crazy things happened. After that he went to Royal Air Force to fight in World War II. He moved to a lot of places, fought, and survived. Then at the end of the book, he got injured and went back to his house and finally saw his mother.


The strength of this book is that it has “beauty and danger”. For exampl
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Gage Perry
This book was probably one of my favorites I have ever read in my classes. I love books about planes and wars. It is the autobiography of Roald Dahl during a time in his life when he went to Africa to work for Shell Oil Company and then join the Royal Air Force. This book was very detailed and well written. My favorite sentence was in the chapter, "The Twentieth of April," just because it showed how busy it was being in the RAF during WW2. In the chapter before, he talks about the little adventu ...more
peter michelson
Going Solo is the autobiography of Roald Dahl. This book details Dahl’s time in Africa working for the Shell Oil Company and the time he spent in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Compared to the rest of the book the beginning is boring but that is because I am used to reading crazy fiction novels. During my time reading this book I have always wondered what it would be like to be Dahl in certain situations, whether it be driving a car through Africa to flying a Tiger Moth.

Dahl meets a l
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George Mennen
This book is called Going Solo by Roald Dahl. The book is basically about him moving Africa to work for the Shell oil company. When he is there he meets a couple of people that we would call crazy.“More English than the English, more Scottish than the Scots. They were the craziest bunch of human I shall ever meet”GS p. 3. But while he is in Africa World War Two breaks out and he enlists to be in the Royal Air Force(RAF). “I told the Shell company that I wanted to join and help in the fight agai ...more
Patrick_reilly
I have just finished reading the autobiography Going Solo by Roald Dahl. The author of this book is a brilliant writer. “Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He lived in England and, at the age of eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington D.C., and it was there he began to right.” (Going Solo back inside cover.) Roald Dahl’s purpose for ...more
Jose Torres Haces
Going Solo is Roald Dahl’s autobiography. Roald Dahl was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He lived for 74 years from 1916 to 1990. (G.S back cover) When he turned eighteen, he decided to go work for the Shell Oil Company in Dar es Salaam. The book starts when he is on board a ship on his way to Africa. During his time in Africa, WW2 takes place and he serves as a Royal Air Force pilot. I would describe this book as an action and adventure story.

This book was a pleasure to read because it kep
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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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