Title: Boy (Tales of Childhood)
Author: Roald Dahl
Page Count/Review Word Count: 176
I’m not a big fan of memoirs, but this is about as good as they get – I mean, who doesn’t want to read about Roald Dahl’s fascinating childhood? If anything, I enjoyed this more than his children’s books – perhaps that’s the writer in me. Most people’s memoirs are stale and boring, but this is a book with crossover appeal, and it’s easily enjoyable for both kids and adults.
As Dahl himself points out, “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. On the other hand, throughout my young days at school and just afterwards a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten.”
Think of it as an autobiography with the dull bits left out; imagine him telling you them over drinks.