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Going Solo Paperback – January 22, 2009
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In East Africa, Roald Dahl had a near-fatal encounter with a deadly black mamba, whose poison can kill you in about two seconds. Right after the war broke out Roald's servant, a descendant of warrior tribesman, decided to become a warrior himself and killed a civillian. Roald had to spirit him away before the murder was discovered. And just to show how dangerous flying with the RAF was, one day when Roald returned from a mission his tent-mate told him, "I boiled enough tea for two, just in case you happened to come back." He was eventually shot down, but survived. While recuperating in the hospital, he fell in love with his nurse.
Going Solo was, like all of Dahl's books, wonderful. I only wish he'd have written a third about his later adulthood. Pity he died before he could do that.
The second half of the book records his RAF exploits, many of which would not be believed had this been a work of fiction. Dahl's descriptions of such things as plane crashes are charmingly low-key and understated, an unusual way to depict danger and hardship, but one that succeeds brilliantly in this book.
Adding to the charm of the book are pictures of letters, postcards, photographs, maps and the like - visuals that make the lively text come even more alive. This is one war story women who steer away from the usual blood-and-guts stereotype war novels will absolutely enjoy. It is a touching and interesting portrayal of courage and amazing happenings in the life of a very unassuming gentleman.
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A continuation of Roald Dahl's life as he flies for the RAF in a tiny plane! He is very tall too! More true stories! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Megan P.
Another Dahl classic! I wish I had found this book sooner. It was a fantastic tail that I had a hard time putting down.Published 2 months ago by wesley felice
Grace and style. Two aspects of human character in short supply in 2016 are present on every page of this truly wonderfilled book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathleen Casey
Light reading. Highly entertaining. Great stories from WWII (and a little earlier in Africa)!Published 4 months ago by B. Bonaventure
Absolutely love this book. Such an easy read yet well written and historically informative.Published 4 months ago by Deanna Jenkins
a different side of Roald Dahl all fans should experience!Published 4 months ago by Olivia Corthell