Going Solo

Going Solo

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From the bestselling author Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG comes an autobiographical account of his exploits as a World War II pilot! 

Superb stories, daring deeds, fantastic adventures! Learn all about Roald Dahl's encounters with the enemy, his worldwide travels, the life-threatening injuries he sustained in a plane accident, and the rest of his sometimes bizarre, often unnerving, and always colorful adventures. Told with the same irresistible appeal that has made Roald Dahl one of the world's best-loved writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754005926
Publisher: Sound Library
Publication date: 03/01/1901
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 The book Going Solo by Roald Dahl  was a very interesting read about a pilot that goes to war and encounters problems along the way.  The book is about World War II and Roald is in his young years and he is a pilot. He goes from Africa to Greece, also to Europe. He also  gets to battle verse the Germans from his plane. I enjoyed this book because I never wanted to put the book down and the obstacles he  had to face were thrilling. I recommend this book for teenage boys because there is information on World War II that boys love. There is  also intense action between the U.S. and Germany. On the other hand there was a harder vocabulary to understand the book. Overall it was great book and I am going to read the other books he has written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great reading from Roald Dahl. This book gives you an idea of what it was like to be the author during the years of his young adult life. Very interesting tales.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading Boy, we quickly moved on to Going Solo. I read it aloud to my 10 and 12 year old boys and we all loved it.
phillipkerger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book very exiting and at some times also funny to read. Its is very unique because it all really happened in roalds life. The book is quite gripping and all of dahls memories listed very exiting and gripping.
doodle_man on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Going Solo Book Review Roald Dahl¿s Going Solo is a thrilling autobiography that is the sequel to Boy. This book transports us back into the era of World War II when Roald Dahl was a young adult and flying warplanes. He tells us about the many adventures he had whether they were funny, sad or happy. Some of the key adventures are his stay in Dar es Salaam, flying warplanes and using them to fight against the German troops and his plane crash in Libya. In each of these adventures there are at times unexpected twists and turns with a hint of humour to accompany them. In this book Dahl uses many techniques to embellish and enhance his adventures. The techniques that I have identified are descriptive language, characterisation and suspense. To embellish the story he uses very descriptive language. Here are some examples from the book that show this. On page 4 Dahl wrote, ¿This time I sat up sharply. I wanted to get a better look of this leafless phantom of the sunrise...¿ and on page 11 he also wrote ¿I liked Miss Trefusis. She was impatient, intelligent, generous and interesting. I felt she would come to my rescue at any time, whereas Major Griffiths was vapid, vulgar, arrogant and unkind, the sort of man who¿d leave you to the crocodiles.¿ These lines are very descriptive and in mind I can clearly make out the scene he is portraying. He also uses characterisation very well. This is one of the many examples of his wonderful use of characterisation. On page 25 Roald Dahl wrote, ¿My boy was called Mdisho. He was a Mwanumwezi tribesman, which meant a lot out there because the Mwanumwezi was the only tribe who had ever defeated the gigantic Masai in battle. Mdisho was tall and graceful and soft-spoken, and his loyalty to me, his young white English master, was absolute. I hope, and I believe, that I was equally loyal to him.¿This sentence clearly conveys Mdisho¿s personality and how he speaks in Roald Dahl¿s point of view. Another technique he uses is suspense. An excellent example to show this is the Simba incident. The incident starts on page 35 with Mdisho (Roald¿s humble servant) shouting out ¿Simba, bwana! Simba! Simba!¿ (A Simba is lion in their language) because he spots a lion. He then says that the lion has taken the cook¿s wife which causes even more chaos and suspense as we aren¿t sure if the lion has killed the cook¿s wife. Then Roald Dahl increases the suspense by wasting time by adding unneeded details. Finally, 2 pages later, Roald Dahl reveals that the cook¿s wife is fine and was playing dead. I believe that this scene is very suspenseful which makes the book even more interesting. In this book I have many favourite moments but my favourite part would have to be when the lion takes the cook¿s wife. Everybody thinks the wife is badly injured or dead but infact she turned out to be well and truly fine as she was playing dead in front of the lion. This is my favourite part as that part is humorous, is suspenseful from the beginning of the scene and also as the outcome is very unexpected. As this was very early in the book it gave me a rough idea of how the rest of the book may be like. I thought it may be humorous, suspenseful and very unexpected. Overall I would rate this book 4 ½ stars out of 5 because it has many strengths that contribute to this wonderful story. These strengths are its descriptive language, characterisation and suspense and very good story line. I would recommend this book to 10 to 14 year old boys and girls as the level of vocabulary suits them. This is also a book for children seeking thrilling adventures, a laugh and some fun as this book is package that includes all 3 things.
edgeworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Roald Dahl was a British author most well-known for his children's novels - Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and so on - but he also wrote short stories for an older audience, and had a very interesting life. Going Solo is an autobiography that covers his experiences living in East Africa in the 1930s and then serving as a fighterpilot in the RAF during World War II.The book isn't long and Dahl writes in an extremely simple style, so it almost does feel as though this is a children's novel, albeit one with people getting shot in the head. This makes it quite an easy and enjoyable read, and I breezed through it in about two days. There's a definite feeling of adventure to it, set as it is on the fringes of the British colonial empire during its last great era. Scattered throughout the book are original documents that enhance this feeling - maps, handwritten letters, steamship schedules, black and white photographs and so on - and Dahl even acknowledges on the first page that this isn't just nostalgia, but a genuine opinion that everything was interesting back then:The voyage from the Port of London to Mombasa would take two weeks and on the way we were going to call in at Marseilles, Malta, Port Said, Suez, Port Sudan and Aden. Nowadays you can fly from London to Mombasa in a few hours and you stop nowhere and nothing is fabulous anymore, but in 1938 a journey like that was full of stepping stones and East Africa was a long way from home, especially if your contract with the Shell Company said that you were to stay out there for three years at a stretch.His life in East Africa lasts for only a few chapters before World War II breaks out, and he trains as a pilot and is sent to fight in the eastern Mediterranean. He survives a crash in Libya, participates in the Battle of Athens and becomes one of only ten pilots to escape from Greece alive, and it's all terribly exciting, by Jove.Even if you've never read anything by Roald Dahl, or are skeptical that a children's authour might offer up anything more mature, Going Solo is an easily readable insight into a fascinating period of history, and I highly reccomend it.
hdovrhlsinluv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought about my brother , and i just hoped he had read this book when he was younger.tigas ng ulo nun eh !
duranain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I aboslutely adored this book as a boy. Incredible that of all the amazing worlds that Dahl was able to conjure and the tales contained within were no match for the simple circumstance of his own life.
LolKatze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Going Solo Book Review¿Dusk began to fall and I realized I was in trouble. My fuel was running low and there was no way I could get back to Fouka on what I had left.¿ This suspenseful extract is taken straight out of part two of Dahl¿s extraordinary enthralling autobiography called Going Solo. Roald Dahl is once again throwing the bait and hooking us in to this remarkable story. Roald Dahl is usually a writer of fiction but still used his great skills for grabbing us into his books in his autobiography. Using his famous fictional writing skills he writes his story of perhaps slightly exaggerated stories to make a comical and sometimes sad story. This book from the early to mid 1980¿s when Roald Dahl was about 70 years old, thirty years on from when it actually happened and some parts he obviously can¿t remember due to how long it was so instead he uses fictional techniques to fill in the blank spots of his memory. The extract that I have written about is from when he went out to search for his fellow comrades in Libyan Desert but realizes too late that they were not there. As he crash lands his aircraft bursts into flames and all he could do was crawl out and lie on the ground away from the burning heat. He was the taken to hospitable where he stayed for five whole months because his head had suffered serious damage when he crashed and he was told to not fly again because he would most likely pass out from a headache. Although he didn¿t admit it he had pain in his head for several weeks but eventually got over them and got his eyes open after two months. I am not going to reveal everything but his big adventure starts when he joins a group of fighter pilots in Greece to help fight the war against the Germans. He uses suspense when he is fighting bombers and creates a warlike atmosphere when he is being chased by thousands of enemy fighters who arrive to wipe out the poor remaining 12 fighters of the Allies. His best friend of all in that camp in Greece was most likely David Coke (pronounced David Cook) who was of noble blood and would have been an earl if he didn¿t die later on. When he and his squadron finally got back from the hopeless conditions in Greece they were sent to Syria and Lebanon to fight more Germans. These were considered easy targets because they were controlled by the pro-German Vichy French army who supported the Germans but were anti-British. Therefore many ANZACS were sent there to help fight the cause. This was later on known as the Syria campaign. During this time Roald Dahl yet again felt headaches which eventually forced him to resign from the air force. It was after then that he his best friend, David Coke, died. He was shot down by enemy aircraft and plummeted to the ground and unlike Roald Dahl he didn¿t survive. Roald Dahl then came home from his adventure in the war and into his family. When his mother heard the news that he was coming home she waited patiently outside her bus stop for many hours waiting for her son to arrive home from the bus. Then he got off and leapt into her arms and embraced her for what seemed like hours but probably only a few minutes. This amazing autobiography of Roald Dahl was in sometimes funny, sometimes scary but mostly built up with suspense to lead onto something extraordinary and exciting. For example when I began with my extract from Going Solo I started with things starting to go bad and then worse and finally a crash-landing into the ground. Another example is when he was flying through Athens. He was flying around circling the area when all of a sudden thousands of planes come from nowhere and attack the 12 hurricanes and although about 5 planes go down they supposedly destroy much more than they lose but the five they lose were all the senior pilots and 2 younger ones. In conclusion, this is a great book because of how Roald Dahl tells his life story and I would recommend it to anyone who can read because it is a good book by one of the greatest writers of al
carlym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's an autobiography, but only of a few years of Dahl's life. In the 1930s, at 21, he went to Tanzania to work for Shell. The life he describes is completely different from what I imagine life is like there now. He describes his brushes with poisonous snakes and other adventures. Not long after he moved there, though, World War II started, and he volunteered for the British air force. This part of the book is truly amazing. He was nearly killed in a crash right after he finished training because he was told to fly his plane--by himself--to the wrong place, and he ran out of fuel in the desert and wound up crash-landing in the neutral zone between the British and Italian forces in North Africa. After he recovers, he is sent to Greece, and with almost no flying experience and no experience or instructionon dogfighting, he is sent up--again alone--to chase off German fighter pilots and bombers in a fruitless mission to stave off the German occupation of Greece. Once again, he is very lucky to escape alive, and many of his fellow pilots do not. I did not realize how little training the British pilots got before they had to go into action. It's amazing that any of them came back alive and that they had any success at all. I was also surprised at how cavalier Dahl and his squadron-mates were about the possibility of dying, which was very high. As he describes it, they just accepted that as a possible outcome and did not seem to fear it at all. This book is very hard to put down!
TimBazzett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another writer once told me that one of the most important elements to be found in a memoir is a "likeable" narrator. Roald Dahl is perhaps one of the MOST likeable of narrators. Modest to a fault and blessed with a very sly and subtle sense of humor, the story Dahl tells in GOING SOLO, his sequel to BOY, is perhaps one of the most readable memoirs of modern times. His story of the quick and almost informal training he received at a flying school in Africa shortly after Great Britain entered WWII, is hair-raising and nearly impossible to believe, except you do believe, because you trust this man. At six foot six inches tall, Dahl was physically quite unsuited to be a fighter pilot, noting that when seated in the various planes he flew, his knees were nearly under his chin and he had to hunch over to fit beneath the plane's canopy. But fly he did, even after surviving one horrific crash in the desert early on in his career as an RAF pilot. He sustained a very bad concussion (which was to come back to haunt him and finally "invalid" him out of service nearly two years later) and had his face bashed in. As he explained to his mother in a letter: "My nose was bashed in ... and the ear nose and throat man pulled my nose out of the back of my head and shaped it and now it looks just as before except that it's a little bent about ..." Dahl went on to fly many combat missions in North Africa and Greece, usually against vastly superior odds, but somehow he managed to survive until the middle of 1941, when the migraine headaches caused by the aforementioned crash made him unfit for further flying. Dahl's nearly laconic and completely unself-conscious manner of writing about the things he did - absolutely heroic things - made me think of Sam Hynes's WWII memoir of his missions in the Pacific theater. Both writers downplay the importance of their roles. They never speak of heroics or derring-do, only about the importance of their comrades, doing the jobs they were trained to do and trying their best to simply stay alive. This was an enormously satisfying, moving and often hilarious tale. After reading these two slim volumes of memoirs by Dahl, I do wish he had written another. I have ordered his slim collection of stories about WWII already. What a wonderful writer - and gentleman - Roald Dahl was.
othersam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Going Solo is the second volume of Dahl¿s autobiographical writings, but if you haven¿t read the first don¿t worry, you can jump straight in: where Boy largely concerned Dahl¿s schooldays, Going Solo takes off with Dahl as a young man setting out from home for his first job, a posting to East Africa. When the Second World War breaks out Dahl joins the RAF, and we follow his adventures as a fighter pilot. Action, danger, eccentric characters and some of the most thrilling descriptions of aerial dogfighting I¿ve ever come across ¿ this book has got the lot, and all told with all the panache, pace and lightness of touch for which Dahl remains famous today.In fact it was writing about his RAF experiences ¿ specifically, a crash in Libya which almost cost him his life ¿ that first got Dahl into print (a piece in The Saturday Evening Post on Aug 1st 1942 ¿ edited, incidentally, by C. S. Forrester). In a sense you can read Going Solo to find out where Dahl¿s writing started. You can also read Going Solo if (like me, btw) his stories for younger readers passed you by when you were the age for which (say) George¿s Marvellous Medicine or the Charlies were intended. You can even reread Going Solo if you¿ve read it already: it¿s always a treat to come back to. Hell: just read it! It¿s absolutely brilliant. :D
Abigail_Elizabeth_Hart More than 1 year ago
The years before and during World War II are told as a story from the point-of-view of an RAF pilot in this autobiography by Roald Dahl. Going Solo tells about Roald Dahl's adventures in Africa and Greece. The book is a continuation of Dahl's first autobiography, Boy. The story begins on the ship to Africa. Dahl meets many different and strange people on the boat and gains a new perspective on all of the people who, in the late 1930s, live in the vast British Empire. When first in Africa, Dahl leads a cushy but adventurous life, with a lovely house and encounters with many wild African animals like lions and snakes. When World War II breaks out, Dahl joins the Royal Air Force, where he has many more adventures throughout the war, and some very dangerous indeed, even a dramatic plane crash in the desert. Roald Dahl travels all around Eastern Africa and Greece fighting Germans in his planes. This edition provides a map of East Africa at the beginning and a map of the eastern Mediterranean in the middle to help the reader understand the locations that Dahl references. The book is also peppered with real photographs taken by Dahl of the homes he stayed in and the planes he flew. It was an excellent read, and about the perfect length for a middle school reader, not too long, perhaps a little short. Dahl's other fictional books are whimsical and fun, and this book keeps the incredible fun that the other books are famous for. Also, as this book tells of Dahl's authentic experiences, it is reliable and sincere. I had a fabulous time reading this book, and I would recommend it to adolescents who love a true story that brings history to life. The historical aspects of this book were my favorite part about it, and I enjoyed learning about all of the smaller elements of World War II that aren't necessarily common knowledge. This autobiography of Roald Dahl's time in World War II is an excellent book for a middle school reader. It is not like the young adult novels, it is much rawer and real, and opens eyes to the actual history that was experienced by the pilots in World War II. I would most certainly recommend Going Solo to a young adult reader, and I would also recommend reading Boy, which tells of Dahl's younger life, while Going Solo tells of early adulthood.
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jhawk1 More than 1 year ago
Wow. A great story that intrigues you and shows you the life of a great author who lived an adventure. Whenever I thought of the life of Roahld Daul I always thought it was just an ordinary plain life but boy I was wrong. Traveling throughout the world he went up against the african wildlife and the germans in an incredible story. Some way he managed to survive all of his encounters against all odds and the way he tells it makes you never want to put the book down. He survived plain crashes and fought against thousands of germans flying through the blue skies. Reading this book makes me want to try something new and take new risks to try to find something life changing. He never gave up in all of his struggles against all odds and he succeeded in coming home and accomplishing an incredible goal. When he is shooting through the skies in his plane surrounded by germans it is so exhilarating with bullets whizzing by the plane. You can hear the bullets fly by with the imagery he uses and the way he tells the story is spectacular. I never expected such a thrilling story and would recommend anyone to read it. What a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The autobiography, Going Solo, is both entertaining and adventurous from cover to cover. Roald Dahl was far more than just an author and in Going Solo he tells his personal story about his experiences being a World War II pilot. Dahl takes his readers through his unforgettable journey around the world and the numerous flights he made, not knowing whether or not he would land alive. He started out in Africa with no major responsibility, but when duty called in Europe, he was put in a small group surrounded by Nazis. His group was largely outnumbered and their only goal was to survive. Going “solo” through many battles, pilot Dahl returned home safely. The book strongly emphasizes adventure as one of its main themes and how those years flying were the highlight of his life. Another of Dahl’s themes is that of bravery and perseverance, as not many would have the courage to stay and fight for their country, knowing that the moments of his next flight may be his last. The reason Going Solo stood out was that very few, including myself, would have guessed that Roald Dahl was a war pilot before becoming one of the most awarded authors of all time. Being a true story made the book all that more interesting. Also, Dahl tells his story in the same manner that he wrote his bestselling novels. This made his journey as a pilot feel like a fictional tale. I thoroughly enjoyed how Dahl described the setting, plot, and his emotions (especially when in flight), using powerful imagery. One should read this book because it was a short read, yet very entertaining and it has a remarkable story behind it. I would recommend Going Solo to anyone who is looking for a fun book to read and to all Roald Dahl lovers. If one likes this book, other Roald Dahl works are recommended including Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Hockeyian44 More than 1 year ago
“Going Solo” by Roald Dahl grabs your attention from start to finish. With its amazing scenery from Africa, to Greece, and all over Europe. The description in this book is second to none. It makes you want to go to the places that he travels. It is a good book, but not a tough read which is nice. You can understand and comprehend everything he says. It is a book of humor, adventure, and action, and I loved every minute of it. This book is about Roald Dahl in his younger years when he was a fighter pilot in World War II. He goes through great lengths to defend his country from going through boring repetitive flight classes, to almost dying in the desert. It’s an upbeat story the whole time and keeps you wondering what’s going to happen on the back of every page. I liked how it was about him and it was a real life story. Although it was a war book there were also some very touching moments included in this novel. I disliked the fact that it starts off kind of slow in the beginning. Once you get to the good part though, it’s good for the rest of the story. Roald Dahl never gives up on himself or his group during there fighting days, even though they were outnumbered about a hundred to one. That’s something to take away from this book is to never give up on yourself, no matter what the odds are. Always believe in yourself and you will succeed in one way or another. Anyone would enjoy this book, from kids to grownups, and men to women. It’s one of those stories that includes everything. If you get bored with one part of the book, I’m sure you’ll like the next part when it picks right back up or changes subjects. Roald Dahl is a great writer and I would recommend any of his books to anyone I know. I loved this book and would rate it a 9/`0. Great job Roald Dahl, hope to see more like this!
busterthebeagle More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book! This book was one of Roald’s best masterpieces yet! Going Solo is a book about Roald Dahl’s experiences in World War 11 as an aircraft pilot and other exciting parts of his adult life. The story mostly focuses on his wild adventures he gets to endure and the magnificent sights he gets to behold. And I do not think that you have to be a fan of books about war to enjoy Going Solo, I think that just about any person would find this book fascinating and learn so many things from it. I personally don’t usually enjoy reading non-fiction books, but Roald Dahl has such a way of writing that he actually made me forget it wasn’t a fiction book at times! The things he’s encountered and witnessed truly are extraordinary and thrilling things to have experienced. If you need a really great and interesting book to read, look no further, Going Solo is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This place takes place during World War two. It's a biography about Roald Dahl. I loved this book! I loved how Roald Dahl depicted such serious events, in such a light toned matter. He made me think of how important it is to always have a positive attitude. He talks about his life as a World War 2 pilot. He talks about all of his adventures and journeys on the way. The only thing I didn't like very much was how short it was. He seems like such a fascinating guys, that I wish I was able to experience a little more of him. I think everyone needs to read this book. I love how he never says how important happiness is, but that's the vibe I got throughout this entire book. Even during the bad times he had to go through, he kept his head up high! They get to see firsthand what it was like to be part of the war, and what kind of people you see, but it shows us that there is always something good that comes out of a bad. My overall rating of this book would be a 9. There were times were it did get a little boring, but when the book picked up, I couldn't put it down. This almost had me hooked from the beginning. Other books that are a great read are Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins!
BATMAN- More than 1 year ago
Going Solo by Roald Dahl is the best nonfiction book I've ever read, and one of my favorite books in general. The book details his exploits as a World War Two fighter pilot in Greece. He also tells about his adventures in North Africa working for Shell. I loved this book, and I could go all day describing all the things I liked about it. I read many of Roald Dahl's books as a child, and expected Going Solo to be written in much the same style as The BFG or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he changes his writing style noticeably for Going Solo. That sounds bad at first, because you want to read the same storytelling that you fell in love with years ago, but I think it is actually quite an improvement over his children's stories. Roald Dahl truly did an amazing job writing Going Solo. As for dislikes, I only have two, it ends too abruptly, and he should have written more books in this same style. The book goes from climax to end in only 1 or 2 chapters, and that was slightly disappointing. I would have enjoyed it if he had written another chapter or two talking about his return home. If you enjoy reading Roald Dahl, you should read this. If you don't enjoy Roald Dahl, you should still definitely read this book. In fact, if you are even remotely literate, you NEED to read Going Solo, it's just one of those books you need to read at least once in your life. Actually, never mind, you should read it over and over again and buy multiple copies. In conclusion, I love this book, and it is definitely worth purchasing or at least borrowing from your local library
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roald Dahl's autobiography, Going Solo, depicts the beginning of the Dahl's adult life. He starts out by taking a "9000 ton ship" to Africa to work for the Shell Company, during which he has many great adventures such as encounters with the ever so scary "black mamba" snake and close calls with lions almost eating dear friends! Then, as a result of war breaking out between England and Germany, Dahl trains to be a pilot, resulting with many dangerous flights and new friendships along the way. For those debating on whether or not you should read this book, here are some aspects that I found help make the book excellent. First, Dahl doesn't just tell the story. He illustrates the setting of each individual story with such detail and imagery that you feel as though you are really up in a Hurricane jet fighting the Germans, or watching the waves roll to shore as you arrive for the first time in Dar es Salaam, Africa. Also, the stories he tells are amazing! I didn't feel like I was reading a non-fiction book, I felt like I was watching a really interesting movie! It had twists and turns and had you loving Dahl's character from start to finish. I have no dislikes about this book, but I have a lot of likes! I love how Dahl adds his letters to his mother in the book. It brings about a major theme of the importance of family. I also like how throughout the entire book, I was never bored. He definitely knew what stories to add and what to leave out. Another great thing about the book was his sense of humor and funny comments that make you laugh out loud! I have never laughed out loud when reading a non-fiction book before! Dahl makes reading a fun experience that I definitely enjoyed! Another major theme in the book is believing that you can do anything you set your mind to. This is made apparent by his ambition to become a pilot in a World War II and when he "goes solo" for the first time. (Going solo is when you pilot a plane for the first time without the aid of an instructor, which is also the inspiration behind the title). If you read the book Boy, which is also by Roald Dahl, I would recommend reading this book as well, as this book is the sequel for Boy. If you like books that are funny, exciting, and action packed, this book is perfect for you! To conclude my review, this book is fantastic and one of my favorite books of all time! It's a fun read and worth your money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roald Dahl's biography, "Going Solo" tells of his journeys while a 20 year old boy in Africa working for the East African Shell company and becoming a pilot during World War II, is one of Dahl's best books ever written. This book deals with his emotions from being away from home and his mother for so long to him being terrified during a dog fight against the Germans. The story tells how he became a pilot, and that it was basically "every man for himself" during the war. Dahl's genre usually is fiction. He wrote "The BFG," "Matilda," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." These few novels were big hits with two of them becoming movies. But Roald made this non-fiction piece as exciting and enjoyable as any other of his other works. The amazing stories in the book get the reader hooked right from the beginning when he is on the boat heading to Africa and when he is in his plane. I never wanted to put the book down. The amazing detail also focuses the reader in to the exact thing that Roald Dahl is telling you about, like the time he saves his assistant in Africa from a black mamba, and when he explains his great shaking after the dog fight with the German Messerschmitts, Dahl explains it as if you were sitting in the cockpit with him, or you were in the room he was in while alerting his assistant about the deadly snake. This book is now my favorite book that I ever read. Dahl is an author that would suit anybody, so I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a book with tons of adventure, because that is all that this book is about, and to anybody who just enjoys reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going Solo was an enjoyable book. The story centered on Roald Dahl's journey in the British Air Force during World War II when England was battling against Germany. Going Solo had a well laid out plot, and it captivated me when I read it. I couldn't stop reading. The details in this book are great like when it described him crashing in his plane. I felt like I was right there with him when it was happening. This book was action packed, and on a few pages it had pictures from his journey which helped the reader visualize the landscape. As much as I liked the book, I was not pleased with the ending. It did not provide many details on how this journey affected his life. It was a rather boring ending in my opinion, which was surprising given that it was an exciting book. In some parts of the story Roald Dahl mentions a few interesting characters. He gives those characters personality and feelings. In some other parts of the story he mentions characters that are less engaging because he does not explain what they are like. The main part of the story begins when Roald Dahl is assigned to a British Air Force base. On his way to the new base his plane runs out of gas and crashes. He gets wounded which is a big part of the story. When he finally gets to the base there are few people there, and he does not get a very warm welcome. He tents with a man named David Coke. David becomes a good friend of Roald. When the base gets attacked by the enemy the pilots are forced to flee from the base to a secret location. When they get there it is not what they thought it was. They could hardly hide their planes under the olive tree branches. One day their new base gets bombed, and they are forced to leave again. The story continues with brief anecdotes of other experiences he had during World War II. The book ends when Roald Dahl is told he can't fly again because of medical conditions that he received from his crash at the beginning of the book. I believe that many people should read this book because it is a well written book with action and adventure. It is a good read for all ages and little kids would enjoy this book very much. The best part about this book is when he describes the aerial dog fights. Roald Dahl gets into many dog fights, and his plane sometimes takes a good amount of damage. I rate this book a 4 out of 5 because it was entertaining, and it had a few laughs thrown in. It also made me think what would happen if I was in the situation that Roald Dahl was in. If you try putting yourself in his shoes you might make some of the same choices that he made, and you might find that life is always an adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Going Solo by Roald Dahl is a very interesting book. It is full of adventure and makes one think of what one would do if in that same situation. The book is about a man who moves to Africa to work for the Shell Company. WWII starts and he decides to become a pilot for the British. He goes through this part of his life being tested not only physically, but mentally and morally. I truthfully had no dislikes about this book! Personally I enjoy books with adventures and journeys; if you are like me you would enjoy this book as well. Roald Dahl does a great job at displaying little details about the trials that he goes through as well as his thoughts in that situation. On top of it he includes pictures about the things he is talking about, which I enjoyed because it made it easier to imagine the story at hand. Great book! It gets all of my favor.
english-RS More than 1 year ago
The autobiography "Going Solo" by Roald Dahl is a wonderful intellectual book that has a great incite into the life that Dahl led that turned him into the re-noud author that he is known as today. This book tells the stories of Dahls life when he was in Africa working with Shell and of his life as a pilot in Greece during World War Two. Descriptive stories in the book tell of times that he was fighting off the much feared green mamba in Africa and stories of crashing his plane in the desert and after five months in the hospital getting back out there and fighting off many enemy Ju 88 planes. The lessons and stories that he picked up among his travels helped Dahl with the plots of his many stories. This overall was a very informative but also a very enjoyable book to read. It showed that you can really make your life worth something if you never give up and keep on fighting. The way Dahl wrote the book he did not drag on any one part for to long he described the situations just enough so that you understood what happened but not to long that the story lost interest. He added stories from his adventures that can make you laugh and stories that can make you cry. They are all very different but relate back to the events that make Roahl Dahls life so remarkable this is a great book to read for people interested in the Second World War. It is a different type of holocaust story; this book brings up a new side of the war that I did not know of before reading this book. This book is geared more toward the early teens and older because some of the descriptions of scenarios that take place in his life. This is defiantly a book that everyone should read in their life it has great lessons of never giving up because if you stick with something you can accomplish your goals, and help others do good in their lives and in others. It is also a great book to hear about all the hardships and events that Dahl went through throughout his life, most people just think of him as an amazing author but he is also a decorated war veteran that helped save the lives of many. If you enjoyed this book and have not read the prequel to this I would very much encourage reading "Boy" this is Roald Dahls first autobiography about his childhood. Also any others of his children books are very creative and fun to read. Overall I would say that this book is a very good read, it is interesting, funny, and informative.