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Als Vater von fünf Kindern wusste Roald Dahl sehr genau, was kleine Leser fasziniert - und wurde als Kinderbuchautor weltbekannt. Er baute seine Kindheit in die Geschichten ein, ersann skurrile Dinge wie fliegende Pfirsiche. In "Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik" erinnert er sich an Cadburys, in der Nähe seiner Schule gelegen. Mit der Figur der Großmutter in "Hexen hexen" setzte er seiner aus Norwegen stammenden Mutter und ihren Trollgeschichten ein Denkmal. Der 1916 geborene Dahl schrieb sich schon als Achtjähriger im Tagebuch seinen Schulfrust von der Seele. Im Alter von 23 Jahren flog er als Pilot Kriegseinsätze und wurde über der Libyschen Wüste abgeschossen. Mit einem Bericht über diesen Absturz begann seine Schriftstellerkarriere. Roald Dahl starb 1990 an Leukämie.


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Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

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Love the references to Dahl's famous stories! 16. September 2012
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I've always been a big Roald Dahl fan, both of his books and the books that have been turned into movies. I loved "James and the Giant Peach," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and "Matilda" just to name a few.

I had been meaning to read "Boy" and "Going Solo," Dahl's two memoirs, and started them the other day. I was unbelievably surprised to find out that Roald Dahl's birthday was September 13th (and he would have been 96 years old)! I mean, what kind of coincidence is that?

Anyway, I decided to talk about both books in one post because they are very much related. "Boy" is the story of Dahl's childhood, and follows his life up to age 20. "Boy" is filled with humorous stories that have inspired many of his books.

For instance, we learn that Dahl attended boarding schools under mean headmasters, and an even nastier matron, who bears a striking resemblance to the Trunchbull from "Matilda."

Dahl spent his early elementary days, aged 7-9, obsessed with a neighborhood candy shop and the Gobstoppers inside it (inspiration for Willy Wonka?), and even had his hand (ah, I made a pun that will only be recognizable if you read the book!) in a prank on the candy shopkeeper that he calls the Great Mouse Plot of 1924.

Dahl was also lucky enough to go to a boarding school that Cadbury would send samples to in order to find out what kind of chocolates young boys enjoyed!

"Boy" is a fabulous read, with many stories that can easily be linked to some of his most popular novels.

I highly recommend reading "Boy" is you want a humorous look at the youth of one of the most famous and well-loved children's authors.

"Going Solo," on the other hand, would be better for those people who wanted to know more about Dahl's military life, which contained fewer references and story lines related to the books we grew up with.

"Going Solo" was about Roald Dahl's experiences in the military, with exploits about flying planes and secret missions. While I liked the book, I did get bored with the military aspect towards the end. If you like Roald Dahl and enjoy reading about the military, you might enjoy "Going Solo." Otherwise, stick with "Boy," which is a read that I think many more people would enjoy.

What is your all time favorite Roald Dahl story?

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca from LoveAtFirstBook blog
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Roald Dahl autobiographical books 13. Juli 2012
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I'm of a generation somewhat younger (by about 30 years) than Roald Dahl, but memories of a British childhood still rang true for me. He evidently led quite a charmed life after leaving school, and saw a lot of the world. Stories from his early career in the far-flung British Empire are often hilarious, especially that of the fake dandruff, and the woman who told him, quite matter-of-fact, that he would go mad, just like her and everybody else who shipped out. His wartime experience as a flyer makes you wonder how the British even survived World War II.
All in all, a very readable book.
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Essential for every Dahl fan! 18. April 2012
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I am a huge Dahl fan. Growing up in England, my bookshelf was lined with almost every single one of his works, and even now as an adult I take a lot of joy in rereading them. Boy & Going Solo is no exception, and while not his usual fiction it is nevertheless one of my favorite group of words that he penned.

From his birth in Wales to his time served in the military, Dahl tells his story in such a way that the reader feels like they were there with him as these events transpired. From the "great mouse plot" to crash landing his RAF aircraft in the desert, there is never a dull moment in Dahl's life (even the dull moments are made comical), and each anecdote is told with all the same charm and excitement as can be found in his fiction. Whether imagined or truly remembered, Dahl brings the characters of his memories to life in his typical way, picking up on tiny mannerisms such as the twitching of a mustache or the smoking of a pipe and using these small memories to complete the picture of each scene.

While Dahl was somewhat egocentric in life, it is undeniable that he was a genius writer and arguably one of the best children's authors of our time - I would encourage you to read his autobiography and hopefully get a tiny glimpse of the origins of greatness. I read this as an 8 year old boy and then again more recently in my mid-twenties - it truly is a book for everyone to enjoy, and maybe even cherish.
An hysterically funny memoir of Dahl's childhood 2. April 2014
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No wonder Dahl wrote such wonderfully awful characters as Ms. Trunchbull (sp?)--he had real-life inspiration! I read his account of getting his tonsils out to my 6th grade students each year to sell them on this book: with no anesthetic, his doctor said, "Open your mouth," and when Dahl did, he darted in with a scalpel and snick-snick, Dahl spit out two globs of flesh and a lot of blood. Well-ah, a tonsillectomy! And the scene of his sister taking the family for a drive in their first car! Oh my god! She didn't know how to turn it or stop it, but she let the little kids persuade her to go faster and faster! Bones are broken! It's nuts! And his teachers. Wow. Corporal punishment with a cane. I like to read the description of being whipped with a cane to my 6th graders when they complain about how strict we are on them so they can realize how good they actually have it. They're so aghast that they argue over who gets to read the whole book. Music to my ears.
Good for Autobiography Reports 10. Mai 2013
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My son had to do an autobiography on someone and he chose Roald Dahl because he loves his other books and stories. This is the story about Roald Dahl from his childhood up through his career, told in a very 'Roald Dahl' way. It is a very easy read that you and/or your kids will love.
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