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Going Solo

Going Solo [Kindle Edition]

Roald Dahl
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His account of life as a fighter pilot in the Western Desert and in Greece has the thrilling intensity and the occasional grotesqueness of his fiction (Sunday Times )

Very nearly as grotesque as his fiction. The same compulsive blend of wide-eyed innocence and fascination with danger and horror (Evening Standard )

A non-stop demonstration of expert raconteurship (The New York Times Book Review )

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The second instalment about the incredible life of Roald Dahl. An astonishing autobiography brought to life by one of England's leading actors, Ian Holm. It will capture the attention and the imagination of adults and children alike.

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping biography for young readers 15 April 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
I didn’t expect Roald Dahl’s account of life as a fighter pilot to interest me at all, but to my astonishment I found it gripping. It’s a real page-turner; I couldn’t wait to read the next chapter!
As always, his style of writing is a pleasure to read, and although most younger readers prefer his macabre tales of fantasy, this is well worth adding to their Dahl Library.
Both ‘Boy’ and ‘Going Solo’ are the perfect way to introduce the developing younger reader to biographical/true-life stories, rather than remaining forever stuck in the magical realms of fantasy fiction. This book can be equally enjoyed by young and old alike … the sort of book a grandfather and grandson can read together!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Solo 13 Jan 2008
"Going Solo" is a the book which picks up where "Boy" left off with Roald on his way to East Africa to take up a job with the Shell Oil Company in Dar es Salaam. Roald Dahl is in Africa when World War II breaks out and he leaves Shell to join up with the RAF. This book details Dahl's wartime exploits, which include having a luger (a pistol) pointed at his head by the leader of a German convoy, crash-landing in no-man's land (and sustaining injuries that entailed having his nose pulled out and shaped!) and even surviving a direct hit during the Battle of Athens, when he was sufficiently recovered to fly again - this time in Hurricanes. The book features black-and-white photos, as well as maps, telegrams and other memorabilia. It is a fabulous book which is also one of my favourites. I would rate it 100000000000000/ 10. Anyone would love this stunning success.
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So I happened to stumble upon the autobiography 'Going Solo' of the legendary Roald Dahl. (a book that sits in my little sisters library of her growing Dahl collection) those of you who were his avid readers may well know about his adventures and exploits as a fighter pilot, who fought in world war 2 for the British RAF and Navy. He travelled across continents from Africa where he was an employee for shell, to combatant zones Europe and the middle east. Later on he would author many wonderful well known cherished stories such as; Matilda, James and the giant peach, the BFG, Charlie and the chocolate factory (to name just a few) the bulk of which portray spectacularly strong; child characters, challenging authority (dictatorial and bullish) figures.

Anyway going through the contents, my attention straight away drew to the chapter entitled 'Palestine and Syria'. It was fascinating reading about his adventures as a British fighter pilot combating the then 'pro-German', 'Vichy French' who had captured parts of the middle east causing widespread bloodshed and massacres.

But what was particularly interesting was his encounter with a Jewish refugee. He writes about an incident where he had a landing in the city of Haifa (in Palestine (now so-called Israel, which interestingly Roald Dahl didn't mention once, given that this autobiography was written well into his mature age, where the so called state of Israel was well established) This particular refugee came to Palestine from Germany and was comfortably settling onto a cornfield, aligned with fig trees in Palestinian territory, welcomed with open arms by the hospitable Palestinian farmers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is a brilliant book. not as good as boy. but still, roald dahl has made an exellent job of writing it. it is all about roald dahls life, when he is in his 20s world war two starts, and he joins the R.A.F, learn about his ftal crash. and many other things.
this book is a BRILLIANT read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming second part of Roald Dahl's memoirs 18 July 2014
By Smithy
To be honest I cannot believe the previous reviewer was so underwhelmed by this second part of Dahl's memoirs. I read it primarily because I have an interest in the aviation war during WWII and it's one of the few published firsthand accounts of the unsuccessful Grecian campaign in 1941. Funnily enough although I enjoyed Dahl's recollections as a fighter pilot in the RAF I actually thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book just as much, which covers his time in Tanganyika working for Shell. As with all of Dahl's writings he has a wonderful sense of character and many of the most enjoyable parts of this books are the many, varied and in some hilarious cases, highly eccentric people he met in his travels. Like so many, I grew up with the wonderful stories of Roald Dahl and have been enchanted by them ever since, so it was a real pleasure to read his experiences as a young man both in peacetime and wartime. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going solo 17 July 2008
A Kid's Review
I read it at school and struggled to put it down. I found it extremely interesting; the best bit was when he returned home.

Jessie,age 9
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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Brilliant. Great depiction of Africa. Dahl is my hero
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read.
Published 15 days ago by Alexie
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting, as is Boy, but feels a little too self-congratulatory. Offers lots of enlightening info for Year 6 and Year 7 students studying the wars.
Published 1 month ago by Loopy Lili
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Solo by Roald Dahl
This is a perfectly well written account of Roald Dahl's life in the late 1930s and 1940s.

It tells of his life as an employee in Africa, his experiences with deadly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by CroydonBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book
If you know Roald Dahl only as an author of children's books, you should definitely read Boy, Tales of Childhood and this, Going Solo. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Roald Dahl, Going Solo.
An excellent read, I enjoyed every word. My only regret is that he didn't follow up with his life's story.
Published 4 months ago by Granddad
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable adventure
Dahl's story of sailing off to Africa in the late 30s and the then serving as a fighter pilot in the Mediterranean is remarkable, though thousands of others must have had similar... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trevski74
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This was bought as a gift so I was very happy at how quick this arrived. Excellent value for money many thanks
Published 4 months ago by Anne draper
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great tale of the life of Roald Dahl
Going Solo follows on from Boy: Tales of Childhood and looks at Roald Dahl's journey into adulthood as he joins the British Airforce not long before the start of World War II. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect story-telling for grown-ups and little ones
Dahl’s second biography, beginning as he leaves for Africa to join an oil company and follows his adventures throughout WWII as an RAF pilot. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Patrick CT
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