Boy: Tales of childhood

…by Roald Dahl.

‘Boy’ is about Roald Dahl’s childhood days in his own words. You might be wondering why I didn’t just say it’s an autobiography.That’s because of what Dahl himself said

An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details. This is not an autobiogrpahy.

Rather, the book is about events and incidents that occurred during Dahl’s childhood days and that were memorable to him. It starts with his parents, goes through his school days and ends with him getting his first job. There are some hilarious events such as when he put dead mouse in a sweet jar at a shop due to his dislike for the lady who owned the shop or when he faked appendicitis because he was homesick. He also talks about some troubling events such as the beatings he and others received at the hands of teachers throughout school life or when his nose was sliced in an accident or when he had his adenoids out without the use of anasthesia.

Dahl covers events from prep school through to boarding school and finally a public high school. While his boarding school days startout with a Blytonesque feel to them, they are anything but with the mean teachers and headmaster and a nasty Matron. He talks about his family and the holidays they had in Norway. He also describes his mother’s struggles following the death of his father when he was very young. Dahl manages to give readers an insight into why some of his characters are the way they are. The mean characters in particular seem to be inspired by some people he came in contact with. The events also explain how he may have got the ideas for his books and how this creative mind works.

All in all, even if Dahl may not call it an autobiography, it is an entertaining one! I give it a rating of 4.

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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