Going Solo Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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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
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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!
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.Read more ›
It tells of his life as an employee in Africa, his experiences with deadly snakes and suchlike but it's his near death trauma when piloting a fighter plane in the early days of WW2. How he survived a massive crash landing in the middle of a desert and later his exploits as a Spitfire pilot battling against all the odds is quite amazing.
Buy this book! It's such a wonderful and true account of this chap's life before becoming one of the world's best authors.
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Beautifully written, wonderful portrayal of life in the last days of The Empire and of life (and near death) in war. Possibly Roald Dahl's best work.Published 29 days ago by Darth Gixxer
Reading this book has been on my 'to do list' for almost 20 years! I read Boy as a 12 year old lad myself as part of some English class in high school and loved it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mark Twist