Boy

Boy

Tales of Childhood

Book - 1999
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Funny, irreverent and sometimes sad, here is the story of the early life of one of the world's best-loved authors. From the evocation of an enchanted boyhood spent in Wales and Norway to his unhappy experiences at an English public school, these sparkling memoirs are filled with wit, high spirits and more than a touch of the macabre. 'A shimmering fabric of his yesterdays, the magic and the hurt' - Observer. 'Brilliantly coloured, sometimes grotesque and sometimes magical' - Sunday Times. 'As frightening and funny as his fiction' - The New York Times Book Review. 'Superbly written ... a glimpse of a brilliant eccentric' - New Statesman.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, [1999], c1984.
ISBN: 9780140089172
0140089179
9780141303055
0141303050
Branch Call Number: J 823.914 Dahl
J/823/.914/Dahl 3588mb 1
Characteristics: 176 p. : ill.

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Hazzer123
Jul 07, 2016

I like this book
my faveroite charcter was roald
and I liked the bit where he put the mouse in the jar

jtdlib Dec 27, 2014

Most of the book is sad because of the abusive nature of English public schools of his time. But his mother was a strong woman. I was surprised she kept her son in the public school at Repton, but maybe he never told her what was happening.

SparklingCherub Oct 25, 2011

I am in 5th grade and had to read this for a book report. It was a really good book, much better than I expected.

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kalio
Jul 20, 2010

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) is the quintessential children?s author. From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to The BFG to James and the Giant Peach (not to mention Dirty Beasts, The Twits, and Esio Trot), this perpetually popular author has the unique ability to tell a fantastic story. The man clearly had a wildly creative imagination, but he also lived a wildly creative life. He relates that life in two volumes: Boy and Going Solo. Boy is chock-full of antics and escapades from Dahl?s childhood?his vacations in Norway, his schoolboy pranks (including ?The Great and Daring Mouse Plot?), and his eccentric family members. Savvy readers will spot not a few larks that clearly inspire his later fiction. Going Solo chronicles Dahl?s adult life, specifically his adventures in Africa working for the Shell Oil Company and his acts of derring-do as a RAF pilot during World War II. The real joy of his memoirs comes from Dahl?s distinct narrative voice?wry and tongue-in-cheek, full of dark humor and gleeful irony. Family photographs and documents dot the pages of both volumes. The most recent edition collects the two memoirs into one volume and feature lively cover art by Quentin Blake, whose illustrative style is practically synonymous with Roald Dahl?s most beloved books.

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