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The Boy Biggles

(Biggles #92)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  5 reviews
thirteen short stories about Biggles' childhood in India. The book has a short prologue called 'A Word in Advance' and a short epilogue called 'In Conclusion'.

The stories are as follows:-


Biggles does the bravest thing in his life in order to save the life of his friend, Captain John Lovell.


Biggles saves his friend Habu from death on
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published 1979 by Dean & Son (first published 1968)
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Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Herhalend, dat is wat je het beste kan zeggen van dit boek.

Bijna alle verhalen volgen het stramien:

- Biggles gaat een wandeling maken met zijn geweer, van geen gevaar bewust;
- Biggles ontmoet gevaarlijk roofdier ;
- Biggles doodt of verwondt het roofdier;
- Biggles keert terug naar zijn vader en belooft dat hij voorzichtiger zou zijn;

Dit boek is het antwoord van Captain W. E. Johns naar vragen over de vroegere jeugd van Bigglesworth in India.

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Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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He never forgot the picture of his father standing there, cool, calm and collected, waiting for striped death to emerge. Did this have any effect on the life he was to lead a few years later when he himself would be going out daily to meet death in a very different form, in the air?

So, this is about Bigglesworth growing up in India and all the animal predators and other dangers he encounters. He learns a lot from shikari Captain Lovell.

Biggles is referred to as James in this one. At first it was
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recycling. That's what comes on your mind as you read this collection of short stories. Essentially, 80% of the stories has syntax of "Biggles goes on a walk with his rifle, unsuspecting any danger - Biggles encounters dangerous predator - Biggles kills or wounds the predator - Biggles returns to his father and promises he would be more careful." For "dangerous predator", assign Tiger/Leopard/Puma/Bear/Aligator/Thug/Bull and you pretty much get the story straight.
This book was W.E.Johns'es respo
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Not to say I didn't enjoy it, but thank goodness I had read a Biggles book prior to this one as I might not have got much further. The chapters were rather repetitive. Biggles picks up a gun goes out for a walk, is surprised by a dangerous animal (different one per chapter) and deals with it. Apparently Biggles readers wanted something of Biggles' early life, what shaped him and this is delivered by the author. However, you do feel that occasionally he gets tired by the premise as certain chapte ...more
Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Biggles completists
A very late addition to the Biggles stories, and if I recall correctly, owing a little too much to Kipling than is entirely fair, whilst lacking Kipling's talent and style.
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Invariably known as Captain W.E. Johns, William Earl Johns was born in Bengeo, Hertfordshire, England. He was the son of Richard Eastman Johns, a tailor, and Elizabeth Johns (née Earl), the daughter of a master butcher. He had a younger brother, Russell Ernest Johns, who was born on 24 October 1895.

He went to Hertford Grammar School where he was no great scholar but he did develop into a crack sh

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