Boy, Roald Dahl – Book Review

Title: Boy
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: nonfiction, autobiography
Order in series: Book # 1
Release Date: 1984
Length:  219 pages


In Boy, Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From his years as a prankster at boarding school to his envious position as a chocolate tester for Cadbury’s, Roald Dahl’s boyhood was as full of excitement and the unexpected as are his world-famous, best-selling books. Packed with anecdotes — some funny, some painful, all interesting — this is a book that’s sure to please.

1st sentence

An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.
This is not an autobiography. I would never write a history of myself.

What made me get it and thoughts on the cover

What — An interest in reading the memories and thoughts of an author who wrote many children’s books that became classics, that lots of other writers get inspired from his works.

The cover — Love the green and blue. We also have an illustration of a young Roald Dahl in school.

My thoughts

Even though Roald Dahl insists that this book isn’t an autobiography, it is exactly that but with some of his magical touches that he adds to the stories he creates. He narrates some random events through his childhood in a way that makes you feel like you’re reading a fiction rather than a non-fiction.

We get to see his love of sweets and chocolate ever since he was just a kid. He was a mischievous kid at times, but a boy with a dream, a dream to have wild adventures in different countries (don’t we all?)

Reading this made me thank God I wasn’t attending school around the time he did. The schooling system was terrible. I mean, hitting students and the army-strict rules is complete nonsense! It seems that their only target was to discipline the students in being quiet without any opinions and the hell with the knowledge.

I admired his mother’s personality. She raised her own kids and the kids from her husband’s previous marriage all on her own and gave them a proper education and  would always take them to their annual vacation to Norway even though it was very hard and long to travel then – as described in the book. 


An entertaining memoir for all ages. There’s even some snippets of the letters he used to send his mom as a kid (some are unclear and hard to read from being too old but they’re there).       5/5 stars

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this particular writer absolutely drained. For those two hours he has been miles away, he has been somewhere else, in a different place with totally different people, and the effort of swimming back into normal surroundings is very great. It is almost a shock. The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. 

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