Double Review: Roald Dahl autobiographies


Boy and Going Solo
by Roald Dahl
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

I liked Boy better than Going Solo, but both are great adventure stories. Dahl has a way of explaining adult adventures in a way that is not over kids’ heads. I liked Boy better because it was about his childhood, in particular his experience at boarding school, which was more interesting to me and I could see connections between his life and his later stories. Going Solo was about his adventures working in Africa for Shell and then joining the RAF and flying planes in Africa and Greece in World War II, which didn’t seem to have as much to do with his later career as a writer. I thought he did a great job of describing his flights and the battles in a way that was realistic but not terrifying.

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