Everyone should read this book,
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This review is from: Going Solo (Kindle Edition)
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. Going Solo follows Dahl as he sets out as a 22 year old to live and work in Tanzania (then Tanganyika) for Shell. Whilst there, war is declared and Roald signs up for the RAF and begins flight training in Nairobi. His description of flying over the Serengeti in the early morning takes you back to a different time. One where Shell would pay your wages throughout the war to show their support, one where you had a 'boy' to do your ironing and washing. Once Dahl moves up to Libya and later, Greece, to join his new squadron, he captured the futility of war perfectly. Decisions made by people putting on a show put lives at risk and the sadness of losing a generation to war is captured beautifully but not by preaching or tugging at the heart strings. I told everyone I love that they must read this book as soon as I finished. You can be absorbed for a few hours and live another life, somewhere long ago and far away.