Going Solo

Going Solo

Book - 1986
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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 ReviewRoald 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.
Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Penguin Books Canada, c1986
ISBN: 9780140103069
0140103066
9780374165031
0374165033
9780224024075
0224024078
9780142413838
Branch Call Number: 823.914 DAH 1986
Characteristics: 209 p. : ill. ports. ; 20 cm

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Eric_23
Aug 11, 2016

Going solo is less silly than other Roald Dahl book but still is very well written

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lilly11
Jun 25, 2013

I really like these books because there interesting and fascinating Ronald Dahl lived and its kinda behind the scenes

SB2000 Jun 27, 2011

In Going Solo, Dahl relates some of his wartime experiences. Like all of his stories, it always feels slightly surreal though as always, when he relates something (shooting at a German bomber for example), he has the gift of making you see exactly that - all without lots of extraneous descriptive prose and in a way that you think: yes it must have been just like that.

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