'I’ve got Boy and Going Solo' at home which my Mum has read (and really enjoyed), so when I saw ‘Boy’ in Vinnies for 50 cents the other day (that’s a charity/good will/thrift shop for those of you that don’t know), I bought it and boom here I am. It was a very short book, like not even 200 pages. It’s basically a bunch of different stories about Roald Dahl's childhood mainly revolving around his schooling and getting into mischief.
I thought that it was really interesting to see how different the world is now. Roald Dahl grew up in the early 1900’s in Norway/England area (as far as I remember, I could be completely wrong) and some of the stories were just so interesting and mind blowing. Like how he went to the doctors to get his lymphoid (not sure if that is actually what it was called) taken out without any anaesthetic(!!!) and then he had to walk home (which was a thirty minute walk). I just thought that was crazy. And also if people needed operations like getting their appendix out, the doctor would come to their house and perform the surgery on their kitchen table or some other flat surface! This just completely blew my mind.
But (oop there it is), I felt like some of the other stories, mainly the ones about his schooling were very repetitive. I don’t know how many stories there were about him getting the cane, or someone he knew getting the cane, or a friend of a friend of a friends cousins sister getting the cane (not really but it was almost getting to that stage). But, I still thought that those stories were interesting, and man some of the teachers he had were just dreadful. I won’t go into the details of the teachers because that’ll just give the whole book away.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn’t know much about Roald Dahl going into this book, apart from the fact that he wrote Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I’ve only seen the movies), so if you’re the same this is a really good book for you. You don’t even have to be interested in Roald Dahl himself, if you are just intrigued about what it must have been like to grow up in the ‘olden days’, then you will definitely enjoy this book. I think I will definitely be reading “Going Solo” which I already have so that’s great.
Book: 7/10 (LeBook Rating Scale)
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Puffin Books
Retrieved from: Op Shop (I popped some tags, only had a few dollars in my pocket, so lucky it was only 50 cents!)
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