Did you know that Roald Dahl was not just an author, but a medical inventor, chocolate historian, fighter pilot, and a spy? Hard to believe, as his stories are rich with innocent, joyous, and delicate characters. His stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda didn’t just instantly come to him, however. They were the product of a bizarre, gruesome, yet impactful childhood. You can read all about it in his book Boy: Tales of Childhood.
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Boy: Tales of Childhood is an autobiographical book depicting Dahl’s life, from the time of his birth up until he had left school. It portrays his incredibly detailed life experiences, a lot of which led him to a career of writing, some of which are incredibly tragic. Yet, the book is highly comical, and Dahl incorporates his skills of comedic writing smoothly in this autobiographical piece. From this book, you can see where all the characters in Dahl’s pieces get their vivid personalities. If you are familiar with his books, reading this will help you make sense of a lot the interactions between his characters.
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It is fascinating to see the development of one the most prolific children’s book authors of all time. As an homage to one of the great story tellers of the 20th century, all fans of literature should read this gem.
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