Boy is Roald Dahl's extraordinary glimpse into his childhood and early life. 'An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details. This is not an autobiography. I would never write a history of myself. On the other hand, throughout my young days at school and just afterwards a number ...
Boy is Roald Dahl's extraordinary glimpse into his childhood and early life. 'An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details. This is not an autobiography. I would never write a history of myself. On the other hand, throughout my young days at school and just afterwards a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten ...' Boy is a funny, insightful and at times grotesque glimpse into the early life of Roald Dahl, one of the world's favourite authors. We discover his experiences of the English public school system, the idyllic paradise of summer holidays in Norway, the pleasures (and pains) of the sweetshop, and how it is that he avoided being a Boazer. This is the unadulterated childhood - sad and funny, macabre and delightful - that inspired Britain's favourite storyteller and also speaks of an age which vanished with the coming of the Second World War. "A shimmering fabric of his yesterdays, the magic and the hurt". (Observer). "As frightening and funny as his fiction". (The New York Times Book Review). "Superbly written. A glimpse of a brilliant eccentric". (New Statesman). Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.
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This is a superb, and fascinating, book. The autobiography of the man who brought us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Witches; and many other books and stories -- it is amazing. The most interesting item to me is that it is written based on letters that he wrote home to his mother all through his childhood (from school), and early adulthood, that she saved over all those years -- wow!! There are also some very intriguing hints of where such stories as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory started. A great read. I would recommend this to anyone.
Sep 14, 2007
Good ole days.....
Boy: Tales of Childhood is a sweet reminiscence indeed of days- gone - by; of a more innocent era. Many delightful recollections of a time of boarding schools and wonderful candies with intriguing names like "humbugs', " acid drops", " sherbet suckers" and " bootlaces" make this book one you will put down dreaming about summertime and your own childhood. It made me realize that while so much has changed in the world since Dahl's youth, somethings about boys will never change.
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