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Roald Dahl Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Posted by j128 in Autobiography, Comedy.
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Roald Dahl Boy: Tales of Childhood and Going Solo by Roald Dahl, are two autobiographies of his. Boy, as the title implies, tells of his childhood, and Going Solo tells of his life after childhood from the time of his employment at the Eastern Staff of the Shell Company where he lived in Africa for a while to when he comes home after being an air fighter in World War II.

Boy

Boy: Tales of Childhood – Roald Dahl tells a little bit of his family’s history and then he tells from the moment he was born to when he was of school age all the way up to when he was employed by Shell. Some of my favorite stories are The Great Mouse Plot, when he and a few of his school chums release a trick on the sweetshop owner, who is not at all very nice to any of them; when he went to a boarding school where Cadbury, I think it was, gave samples to the students and asked for the students’ opinions of their chocolates and this is the inspiration for one of his most-loved book, which was made into two movies, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. These are not all of my favorite stories, there are way more than two, but there are so many of my favorites I cannot remember them all. An immense enjoyment from beginning to end!

Going SoloGoing Solo – In Going Solo Roald Dahl is on his way to Africa after being assigned there from the Shell Company. He meets some rather absurd people – and experiences even more bazaar events some of which include seeing a couple, passengers on the ship, run naked across the deck in the early morning air to young Mr. Dahl’s astonishment. He also meets a woman who is very health concerned, so concerned it is way over the top! She sees the fingers as horrible things carrying parasites and never eats food with her fingers, even an orange. Instead she uses knife and fork. In Africa Mr. Dahl is in store for more adventures including black and green mambas and a simba (Swahili for lion), which takes off with the cook’s wife in its jaw, and the wife pretends to be dead. Then we’re not too far in the book when Mr. Dahl volunteers for World War II and he flies airplanes all the way until he is rendered disabled after an airplane accident and is sent home where he reunites with his family.

Recommended Reading

Besides these two autobiographies, I would also recommend reading My Year by Roald Dahl. It is a thin book with twelve chapters covering each month. All of the chapters are relatively short but every one of them is delightful. My Year is based on a dairy he wrote during the final year of his life and was published in 1993. Within each chapter, Mr. Dahl writes about reminiscents of his childhood and adolescence as well as giving gardening tips and notes about wildlife of which he was always fascinated by.

For those who wish to taste the marvelous (and sometimes revolting) foods that he created in his numerous books, please have a look at these cookbooks: (in order)

  1. Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes – Includes Willy Wonka’s Strawberry Flavoured Chocolate Coated Fudge, Green Pea Soup (The Witches), Snozzcumbers, Bird Pie, and Stickjaw for Talktative Parents.
  2. Roald Dahl’s Even More Revolting Recipes – Includes Strawberry Bonbons (the kind that can’t be found in any sweet shop), Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, Doc Spencer’s Pie, Hot Noodles made from Poodles on a Slice of Garden Hose, and Magic Green Crystal from James and the Giant Peach.

Both cookbooks are illustrated by Quentin Blake and of course there are many more delectable kinds of food than what are listed here but that would be giving away the surprise and furthermore, some of the recipes are so disgusting they aren’t even worth mentioning even though everyone else says they taste more delicious than what the book says: never judge a book by its cover.

Links

http://www.roalddahl.com/ – Roald Dahl’s official website, requires Macromedia Flash Player to access the website

http://www.answers.com/Roald%20Dahl/ – Biography and discussion about Roald Dahl and his books

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