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Going Solo (Roald Dahl's Autobiography #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,477 Ratings  ·  766 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Puffin (first published 1986)
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Malbadeen
Jan 13, 2011 Malbadeen rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Jubilation Lee
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
Jul 15, 2007 Miund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Meli
Feb 01, 2016 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué vidas tan pobres que vivimos en estos tiempos modernos.
Amo leer sobre Dahl, podría hacerlo por siempre.
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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M Razavy
جنگ جهانی دوم، از نگاه یه انگلیسی جوان خلبان.
بعضی قسمتهاش جالب بود.
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رولد دال برای کار در شرکت نفت میره آفریقا. جنگ جهانی دوم شروع میشه و انگلیسی های جوانِ ساکن آفریقا رو میکنن افسر ارتش. روزی که شروع جنگ رسما اعلام میشه، رئیس دال بهش میگه بره تو جاده جلوی راه آلمانی هایی که قصد فرار دارن رو بگیره و اسیرشون کنه. (آلمانی هایی که تو آفریقا زندگی می کردن و غیرنظامی بودن.) دال میگه تعدادشون زیاده، اگه مسلح بودن چی؟ رئیسش میگه با مسلسل کلکشون رو بکنید، با مسلسل میشه 500 تا مرد مسلح رو درو کرد. دال م
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Alastair
Nov 01, 2012 Alastair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2015 Emrys Elkouh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Calebishere
Mar 13, 2009 Calebishere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: q4
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
Andy
Aug 04, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2012 Leif Fosse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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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Julie
A lovely tale of real-life adventures of Roald Dahl during his time in the RAF. It is full of daring adventures and unexpected turns. It made me want to fly a jet and shoot down the enemy, but I must say this book has also made me empathetic towards soldiers who fight in war for their nations.

What a lovely book to read!
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
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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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
May 18, 2012 Herman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Hana
Nov 19, 2011 Hana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
H.M. Wilson of Plottinger Twist
You know how you get an idea worked up in your mind about what an autobiography is going to be like before you even start it? Well, my expectations were blown out of the water!!
Roald Dahl's life was an ongoing adventure & I am tickled to have been able to partially experience it through his book...

I laughed, I felt tears sting my eyes, and I raved about it to my family & friends. It was a fantastic read, and I HIGHLY recommend this one!!
Jeffrey Schwartz
Although I didn't like this one as much as BOY, Dahl's previous memoir, there's still plenty to recommend GOING SOLO. Dahl is a consummate storyteller, and GOING SOLO is packed with vividly-rendered episodes; from a terrifying encounter with a black mamba, to flying over the savannas of Africa in a biplane, to a horrendous crash landing in the middle of nowhere, to the Battle of Athens, there's enough incident in GOING SOLO for three or four books. Dahl also excels at characterization, giving us ...more
Ethan Bryan
Mar 13, 2016 Ethan Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
The reason I chose to read the book Going Solo Is because it is about Roald Dahl's autobiography when he signed up to be a pilot in WWII. The main character in this book is of coarse Roald Dahl he talks about his life in africa and when he signed up to be a pilot. He crashed his Gladiator (a type of biplanethat was already out of date in the second world war) and made an amazing recovery and survival. I liked this book because It is about WWII and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Roa ...more
Jonathan M.
Jan 09, 2015 Jonathan M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2014 Panayoti Kelaidis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adrienne
I listened to half of this on a train, and I think I probably looked silly with my jaw dropped for much of the time, thinking during each story, "Wait--this really happened?!" Roald Dahl relives his experiences working in East Africa for Shell in his twenties and then flying fighter planes for the RAF in Greece during WWII. I had no idea this book existed until I listened to "Boy" (in which he recounts his childhood) and I wish more people knew about it. He's a mesmerizing storyteller. (Audioboo ...more
Amy
Sep 09, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I admit, my thoughts on this book were colored by my recent reading of The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington. That book left me with an unpleasant, cynical view of anything Dahl has to say about his early adventures and even though finishing that book moved me to pick up this one, it also left me more cynical towards Going Solo.
I think, if I had read this one years ago, I would have loved it. As it is, I ended up enjoying it quite a lot. Going Solo is a rompi
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Shawn.kim
Dec 13, 2014 Shawn.kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2014 Shane Bush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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