Going Solo (Roald Dahl Autobiography #2)
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 ...more
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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 ...more
I’m clearly out of touch with amazing ...more
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.
This book had some strong themes. The language can take a while to decipher, and can be quite annoying at times. At other times, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The second half of this book gets even better. Roald Dahl enter the Air force and encounters many different situations ...more
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 ...more
The whole first half of the book was mainly my favorite part. Before he started ...more
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 ...more
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!
While Dahl wa ...more
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 ...more
The strength of this book is that it has “beauty and danger”. For exampl ...more
Dahl meets a l ...more
This book was a pleasure to read because it kep ...more
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 ...more