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am 14. Dezember 2015
Roald Dahl entführt den Leser/Hörer in die Erinnerung an seine Kindheit. Dahl verfällt dabei nicht einer rosaroten Schönfärberei im Rückblick, sondern hat besonders seine harte Schulzeit und die brachialen Methoden der damaligen Ärzte kritisch im Blick. Dabei empfand ich die Geschichten über quasi-sadistische Public Schools als Gruselkabinett. Was in den teuren Internaten gedemütigt und geschlagen wurde, ist schon ganz erstaunlich. Trotzdem schafft es Dahl, einen leichten Erzählton zu finden, der mit Reflexion auf Kindheit und Jugend zurückblickt und vor allem in seiner Familie Geborgenheit und Liebe findet. So ist "Boy" auch ein gutes Beispiel dafür, dass "Tales of Childhood" nicht "Tales for Children" sind. Weshalb also ein Kinderbuchverlag hierfür? Trotzdem 5 Sterne für die mitreißende und klug reflektierte Autobiographie eines großen Autors.
PS: Das englischsprachige Hörbuch ist hervorragend gelesen von Dan Stevens.
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am 24. Januar 2003
Wenn man diesen kurzen autobiographischen Roman über den kleinen Roald liest, wird einem Manches über die Hintergründe Dahls' Bücher klar. Er kommt nämlich ursprünglich aus Norwegen, wo einige seiner Bücher ja auch spielen - z.B. in dem Roman "The Witches", in dem ein Junge mit seiner norwegischen, pfeifenrauchenden Großmutter nach England zieht: Zwar sterben nicht beide Elternteile in Roald Dahls Kindheit, wie in dem eben genannten Kinderbuch, sondern "nur" Roalds Vater, aber er kommt doch auch nach England, weil seine Eltern wollen, dass er eine gute Schulbildung bekommt.
Der junge Dahl wächst aber zunächst in Irland auf, in dem Dahls Vater das Land in der weiten Welt aufgesucht hat, wo er sein Glück als Geschäftsmann versuchen will. In Irland geht Roald Dahl auch in die Grundschule, wenn er von den regelmäßigen Ferienreisen nach Norwegen zurückkommt, wo der kleine Dahl große Abenteuer erlebt, in denen auch einmal eine Tabakpfeife vorkommt....
Trotz des Wahrheitsgehaltes ist dies durch Dahls nette Art zu schreiben keine trockene Lektüre, sondern macht Lust auf mehr von und - durch das Ende des Buches mit Andeutungen des weiteren, interessanten Lebensweges nach seiner Jugendzeit - ÜBER Roald Dahl!

Übrigens erfährt man auch einiges nicht sehr Erfreuliches über das damalige High-School System in England: Dass die Prügelstrafe bis vor Kurzem in England noch bestand, weiß man ja vielleicht, es spricht ja auch möglicherweise einiges dafür, aber, dass es Lehrer gab, die Schülern bis an ihr Lebensende Schmerzen in ihrem Hinterteil bescherten und sogenannte ausgewählte "prefects" ihre Mitschüler terrorisieren und gewaltsam bestrafen durften, wusste ich wirklich nicht. - Außerdem stellt sich einem die Frage w i e (um Gottes Willen?) ein sogenannter Gottesmann, der eine solche Prügelstrafe propagiert und in exorzistischer Weise ausführt, vom Schuldirektor bis sogar zum Erzbischof von Canterbury aufsteigen kann. - Aber: Lest selbst, denn ich will nicht zu viel verraten!
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am 26. April 2000
This piece of work by the classic children's author, Roald Dahl, is wonderful. It tells stories of young Dahl's life in boarding schools, summers on islands in Norway, and other adventures. Often, these stories are very humorous, and very interesting. But, sometimes, it's just plain shocking and unbelievable. Especially, when he gets to talking about his Headmasters and "Masters" (teachers) at his schools. I recommend this book to any real Roald Dahl fan. You'll not regret reading it.
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am 27. März 2000
In the book boy, which was written by Roald Dahl, school obviously plays an important role in his life and he explains this through important memories from his school life.
One of the memories that Roald writes a lot about is the beating. He mentions various times where he was sent to the masters dormitory to get a canning. He was sent to get beaten about three times while attending his school. He explains the whole ordeals in fascinating form including every single bit of the cannings with extreme care. The reasons for his beatings were; he and a couple of friends put a rat in a jar of gobstoppers, he and his friends received 4 hits of the cane for this, again he received 4 hits of the cane for not cleaning the study of a boazer properly and for talking in study time which he received 4 hits. "The violence was bad enough, and being made to watch it was even worse, but with Mrs Pratchett in the audience the whole thing became a nightmare.
The main teacher that Roald had to cope with in Llandaff Cathedral School was the principle, Mr Coombe's. He was a giant man with a face like ham and a mass of rusty - coloured hair that sprouted in a tangle all over the top of his head. Mr Coombe's always seemed to wear a black gown draped over his shoulder, which made him look like a judge. Of course Roald remember this man because he was the first person to give him a beating. While in St Peter's Dahl mentions two people; the Matron and Captain Hardcastle. The Matron was a large fair - haired woman with bit breasts. She was twenty - eight years old. Dahl mentions her because of the way she acts and does things around the kitchen. For example, at any time she liked, the Matron could send you down in you pyjamas and dressing gown to report to the headmaster whenever this happened you would have undoubtedly gotten canned. He also explains how she was rough, and hated kids. To Dahl, Captain Hardcastle was one of his most feared masters. He was a slim, wiry and he played football. On the football field he wore white running shorts and white gymshoes and white socks. His legs were as hard and thin as ram's legs and the skin around his calves was almost exactly the same colour as mutton fat. His hair was a brilliant dark vermilion colour, and it was plastered back with immense amounts of gel. The parting in his hair was a white line straight down the middle of his scalp. Captain Hardcastle had a moustache that was a same colour as his hair. Hardcastle dint stop twitching and jerking and snorting, this was supposedly caused by something called shell - shock which means he was very close to a big explosion that made him jump high in the air and he couldn't stop jumping. What Dahl hated the most about Hardcastle was his moustache. He hated the way it was shaped and the colour of it. One time when Dahl was in study time his nib on his pen broke. He was whispering to the boy next to him to lend him a nib when Hardcastle interfered. He made Roald get up and go to the headmaster's dormitory where he received 4 hits of the cane.
While in St Peters Dahl suffered homesickness for the whole of the first term. He was so homesick that he plotted to get himself sent home so he could stay with his parents. He would pretend that he would have a sudden attack of appendicitis. But after a few months he would forget all of his homesickness out in the playground. "The only comfort is that both homesickness and seasickness are instantly curable. The first goes away the moment you walk out of the school grounds and the second is forgotten as the ship enters the port."
Roald Dahl had a youth full of adventure and sadness. He encountered various adventures such as the family trips to the magic island and the mischief he got up to in his days in the sweet shop. Dahl also had sad memories. These were where his sister died and straight after his dad also died which left his mum to take care of about 6 children.
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am 5. September 2013
My son (10yrs) brought this book home for school reading. However, I did not put it down before I had finished it.
The writing style is appealing to all ages as are the description of people, places and events.
Another classical Roald Dahl! Not ti be missed
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am 18. November 1998
Boy By Roald Dahl I think that Boy, by Roald Dahl was a very good book. I think that it explained his young life in surprising detail. From his early child hood to his early adulthood!! He was part of many crazy antics, including pretending he was sick, all the way to putting goat dung in his sister's lover's pipe!! I think you really should read this book.
Age group: All Ages
Vocabulary: Easy/Medium
Size: Under 200 Pages
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am 11. Oktober 1998
Boy is a great children's book! When you read it, you feel like Roald Dahl's right there with you telling the story! This book is about Roald Dahl's childhood, and explains it with great detail! If you like this book, you'll also like the sequel to this book called Going Solo, a book about Roald Dahl's army life, and starts where this story left off. Boy is a great book, Roald Dahl is a great author, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
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am 18. September 1999
To be honest I think this book is absoulety ACE!!! Especially the chapter about the dead mouse and Mrs. Pratchett's shop.Dahl has something about his words which seems to caputure you inside its story.One of Dahl's best friend would have to be THWAITES.All the other stories are FAB aswell such as The Witches and BFG and of course Danny the Champion of the World.This review has been done by Jasmin Moffatt age 9.
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am 12. Juli 1998
Roald Dahl, the most scrumptious story-teller of all time does it again with this compilation of tales about his own childhood. From planting dead rats in jars of jaw breakers to being a Cadbury's chocolate tester, Dahl's life is colorfully recreated. It hides nothing from the reader, not pain or joy. It was enchanting (and fun) to read! Perfect for both adults and kids!
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am 6. Juni 1999
Roald Dahl is my favorite author and I read thi book when I was 4. I've read it many times since. It gives you and idea where all his stories came from. Out of all the books I've read this is my favorite by alot.
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