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Boy: Tales of Childhood Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-31 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 278 user ratings
ISBN:0140089179
LANGUAGE:English

"I haven't read many autobiographies but even then I feel that this was a completely different take on what an autobiography should be. Fun and witty, Roald Dahl really manages to take the reader on a ride through his childhood and early adult days and shows a realistic picture of what it was like growing up in England in the early 20th century. I loved how the book is interspersed with his personal photographs taken with his family and in his different schools and well as the letters he writes home to his mother and the witty nicknames he kept for his step sister and brother (ancient half-sister and not so ancient half brother" said.

" I don't know if it was the book itself, my affinity towards Roald Dahl, or Dan Stevens' narration, but I absolutely adored this and, like listening to your grandfather's old stories, would most definitely listen to it again. " said.

" Absolutely charming stories about Dahl's family and his early school days. As he says, it's not actually an autobiography, but its the bits and pieces he remembers. And you can see how those memories informed his books, and how his intelligent, close knit and fantastical family inspired him as well. Complete with illustrations and snippets of his letters home as well. " said.

" Funny and moving account of a 1920s chldhood in Wales, England and Norway, written by a master storyteller. " said.

"این کتاب به نوعی به عنوان زندگینامه‌ی رولد دال شناخته می‌شه اما اصلا شبیه یک بیوگرافی خسته کننده نیست. کتاب پر از داستان‌های بامزه از زندگی شخصی رولد دال ه و با خوندن این کتاب می‌بینیم که شخصیت خودش تا چه حد توی خلق داستان‌هاش مؤثر بوده.
شخصیت مادر رولد دال رو خیلی زیاد دوست داشتم. کسی که با وجود اینکه رولد تک‌پسرش بوده و شوهرش هم اوایل بچگی بچه‌هاش از دنیا می‌ره لوس بارش نمیاره. حنی وقتی قرار می‌شه بره آفریقای شرقی به جای اینکه مثل اکثر مادرها از دوری بچه‌ش غر بزنه تشویقشم می‌کنه! خلاصه اینکه مادرش برام الهام‌بخش و تحسین‌کننده بود.
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" A really lovely, endearing and funny account of a very lovely, endearing and altogether adventurous childhood from a wonderful author. Full review to follow.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy " said.

" "When writing about oneself, one must strive to be truthful. Truth is more important than modesty." Memoirs are always interesting.Roald Dahl's Boy: Tales of Childhood is an interesting book. It is about the eventful and adventurous childhood days of Roald Dahl. The book is written in a simple language, which makes this a good read, a delightful memoir. " said.

"This is the first instalment of Dahl’s autobiography – written with his customary wit, style and accessibility. ‘Boy’ provides an entertaining insight into Dahl's early years and upbringing. Included here are some events that undoubtedly provided influence and ideas for some of his later novels.

Minor quibble – in the edition I was reading, many of the facsimiles of excerpts from letters / reports etc. from Dahl’s childhood were somewhat difficult to read due to the size of the writing and maybe would have benefited from being slightly larger copies of the originals?

Definitely well worth a read for all fans of Roald Dahl.
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