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Boy Paperback – January 22, 2009
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Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
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This book is a collection of sketches of Dahl's school years. It makes you understand many of the stories that appear in his books: he was born in a well-to-do family, and enjoyed always a high living standard even in the depression years. He attended exclusive british public schools, etc. Then he found a good job at BP.
The book is full of family love, anecdotes about a child's view point (adenoidectomy, the mouse plot, etc) which will make you smile or even laugh aloud. Some of those, together with the fact that his mother saved all his letters and family fotos and mementoes, which sprinkle the book, makes it a delightful read.
It's true that some of the chapters are sombre, because for us it's shocking to know that children were so abused (beaten with a cane and deprived of affection, or bullied by older thugs who made them fag), but Dahl succeeds in making us loathe that supposedly elitistic education system. He doesn't make it sound as "the good old days, they had some bad things but not all..." In that sense, it's much better than "Tom Brown Shooldays" or Kipling's "Stalky and Co".
But all in all, he brings us the sense of a fantastic childhood, surrounded by family love, affection, and well being. I grew up in a partly similar context (the lack of affection in education, but not the beatings or the comfort)and it serves me to try to be a better father, more intent into giving my children nice emotional and intelectual experiences.
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This book was amazing ! It was funny and sad, but in the end it was great. I loved it!Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
I have loved this book since I was a little girl. A great look into Dahl's childhood, told in the wonderful unique way he tells stories.Published 1 month ago by Jessica Guptill
Roald Dahl's life is really interesting, and it shows how old days in England was. And you can learn a lot of new words from this book.Published 1 month ago by Sarith Kariyawasam
Got this for my 6th grader to read for his monthly school book report! He LOVED it! He told me all kinds of fascinating things about the book now I can't wait to read it!Published 2 months ago by megtastic
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