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Going Solo (The Centenary Collection) Kindle Edition
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In Going Solo, the world's favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl, tells of life as a fighter pilot in Africa.
'They did not think for one moment that they would find anything but a burnt-out fuselage and a charred skeleton, and they were astounded when they came upon my still-breathing body lying in the sand nearby.'
In 1938 Roald Dahl was fresh out of school and bound for his first job in Africa, hoping to find adventure far from home. However, he got far more excitement than he bargained for when the outbreak of the Second World War led him to join the RAF. His account of his experiences in Africa, crashing a plane in the Western Desert, rescue and recovery from his horrific injuries in Alexandria, flying a Hurricane as Greece fell to the Germans, and many other daring deeds, recreates a world as bizarre and unnerving as any he wrote about in his fiction.
'Very nearly as grotesque as his fiction. The same compulsive blend of wide-eyed innocence and fascination with danger and horror' Evening Standard
'A non-stop demonstration of expert raconteurship' The New York Times Book Review
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.
Very nearly as grotesque as his fiction. The same compulsive blend of wide-eyed innocence and fascination with danger and horror—Evening Standard
A non-stop demonstration of expert raconteurship—The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B006UB7CAY
- Publisher : Penguin; UK ed. edition (2 February 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 3720 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
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- #743 in United States History (Books)
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I was thinking it was another of his fantasy story. Going to return it 😔
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Dahl has an engaging, conversational writing style which brings these recollections vividly to life for the reader. He recounts the eccentrics who in the 1930s kept the British Empire going in then far-off lands like Tanzania, which until the 1919 Versailles treaty had been German East Africa and in 1939 was still full of German ex-pats running farms and small businesses. In the days before cheap long-haul air travel, going to Tanzania from Europe was a major undertaking involving long journeys by sea through the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal and down the Red Sea to Mombasa via Aden in boiling tropical heat with no A/C and much physical discomfort. Dahl explains that years of privations in remote isolation had made many of his fellow passengers “potty as a pilchard” and moreover, they knew and admitted it.
There is a terrifying episode involving an aggressive black mamba, a separate incident with a green mamba which got into a house and had to be found and captured, and a remarkable story about a lion which carried off the cook’s wife in its jaws and subsequently initiated Dahl’s professional writing career. The young Dahl took long solo journeys across East Africa and later the Sinai by car on dirt roads and brings alive for us the breath-taking beauty of the natural landscape and wildlife.
Later chapters recount Dahl’s training as a fighter pilot in the RAF and subsequent period of action in a Hawker Hurricane in Greece when he came up against the Luftwaffe. The unpreparedness of the British High Command, the poor organization and planning which led to the Greece debacle are in stark contrast to the professionalism and thoroughness displayed by the service in the Battle of Britain, and it seemed to Dahl and his fellow young pilots that the main object of the exercise was to demonstrate support by Britain to the Greeks rather than actually do anything effective to resist the German invasion.
Dahl suffered a catastrophic crash in Libya in a Gladiator biplane which led to him spending months in hospital and having extensive surgery and this whole episode is also brought vividly to life in the author’s delightful conversational style; he really is a most gifted writer.
The book has only 210 pages and is a wonderful read. Highly recommended.