The remarkable story of Roald Dahl s early years at school and with his family Roald Dahl entf hrt den Leser H rer in die Erinnerung an seine Kindheit Dahl verf llt dabei nicht einer rosaroten Sch nf rberei im R ckblick, sondern hat besonders seine harte Schulzeit und die brachialen Methoden der damaligen rzte kritisch im Blick Dabei empfand ich die Geschichten ber quasi sadistische Public Schools als Gruselkabinett Was in den teuren Internaten gedem tigt und geschlagen wurde, ist schon ganz erstaunlich Trotzdem schafft es Dahl, einen leichten Erz hlton zu finden, der mit Reflexion auf Kindheit und Jugend zur ckblickt und vor allem in seiner Familie Geborgenheit und Liebe findet So ist Boy auch ein gutes Beispiel daf r, dass Tales of Childhood nicht Tales for Children sind Weshalb also ein Kinderbuchverlag hierf r Trotzdem 5 Sterne f r die mitrei ende und klug reflektierte Autobiographie eines gro en Autors.PS Das englischsprachige H rbuch ist hervorragend gelesen von Dan Stevens. This is the first part of Roald Dahl s autobiography, covering his childhood years from birth in 1916 until working for the Shell company from 1934 36 on the eve of his departure to Tanzania on a 3 year posting these years in Africa are detailed in the follow up book, Going Solo.Much of the book details his schooldays, including unhappy years as a boarder at a repressive prep school in Weston super Mare and subsequent time at Repton, where he eventually became a respected sports team captain of fives and the squash team and the only ever sports team captain not made a prefect due to his rebellious, anti establishment nature.Spliced in between the schoolday stories are tales of the family s annual summer holiday expeditions to Norway to live on remote idyllic islands for weeks at a time, a hair raising first experience in a motor car driven by his elder sister who crashed and injured young Roald so badly that his nose was almost severed, and having his adenoids removed with a sharp knife and without anaesthetic by a local doctor, after which he walked home with his mother.Dahl is such an excellent writer that he makes everything interesting He deploys great economy of language and has an engaging, conversational writing style The book is basically highlights of the author s first 20 years, including some highly traumatic incidents, always recounted with humour and great self awareness and decorated with Dahl s own distinctive cartoon sketches of some of the episodes It s an easy read and you can finish the book in a few hours.You will also likely want to read the follow up book Going Solo which details the author s time working in Tanzania in the late 1930s, training as a fighter pilot in the RAF and experience of combat in a Hurricane in the Mediterranean theatre facing the numerically superior forces of the Luftwaffe.Highly recommended. Such an interesting read, I am Glued to the pages and will be buying part 2 as soon as I finish this I have been a fan of Roald Dahl all my life, I Love his stories and feel I shall be revisiting many of my old favourites Very soon indeed, as well as exploring some that I haven t yet read.What a Wonderful autobiography of a Wonderful man, with such a Loving family background and so intrigued by the world around him, coupled by some extracts of letters written to his Mother throughout his life make for a compelling read Learning of his lust to travel and experience new countries from such a young age, alongside his photography skills to capture what he finds along the way are truly inspirational.I would highly recommend this book to everyone, fan of his or not, there will be something in here to capture your interest and imagination. Boy Boy is this a book and a half Well what can I say It says what it isBoy Well chosen design to sell that says Boy Blue Please do not mix this up with Girl though girls will also enjoy this novella, please do not get me wrong Many a time have I been in THAT sweetshop I will stop there before I set anyone out to any mischief and God forbid anyone misses a game of a wellknowngame floss to go out and have fun.