I read this after I finish Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. I have actually finished reading it two weeks ago but I have no time to write its review.
This book is a recommendation of my friend, Wulan who loves Dahl’s works. I didn’t know that it’s an autobiography. To be honest, I rarely read autobiography but I can easily said that Roald Dahl’s Going Solo is very interesting…although I have to say I like the first half more.
Young Roald Dahl went to North Africa for a job in an oil company. He shared his story on the boat heading to Africa. I really like his stories here, the people on the boat were a bit weird but funny. My favorite is definitely the woman that doesn’t want to touch her food with his gingers because fingers are dirty. I also like the story of the man he shared cabin with…that was incredibly hilarious, it made me laugh so loud. I won’t share what’s the deal with that man because that’ll be a huge spoiler.
Dahl arrived on Africa where he had to learn Swahili. His short life in Africa was really memorable. I like the way he shared about the natives and the animal behavior there. The story about the lion is most definitely my favorite of all…it was just too bizarre and funny at the same time.
Things began to change when the war began, Dahl’s love for his country made him volunteered to be a war pilot. He left his job and trained to be a fighter pilot. An accident happened before he faced the German. He had to fight in Greece where German terribly outnumbered them. The rest of the book is about him in the war.
Like I have said above, the first half is much better than the second half. I found the part where he was in the war a bit boring and monotone…Maybe it’s because I was in the mood for funny stuff instead of sad stuff when I read the book. I enjoyed the part when he was in Africa way more when he became a fighter pilot.
One of the things that makes me a bit reluctance to read autobiography is because the writer tends to brag about him/herself (that’s one of my pet peeve when I read Revolt in Paradise), however I am glad that Dahl was much like Stephen King, he didn’t mentioned much about him the hero or savior or the day…he shared more about people around him (he shared him too but not in a bragging way)…and for that, I truly admire him.
Have you read this book?