Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl, is a charming autobiography based on his life from Kindergarten to graduation from High School, along with a introductory chapter on his parents. Though we now know that we cannot take Roald Dahl’s autobiographies as 100% truth, they are still fun to read and make his life seem like a magical world not unlike Charlie or Matilda.
One of the most prominent parts of Boy for me was his representation of his teachers. It really gives some insight into why most, if not all, of the adults in his books come off as cruel and, at times, pure evil. Oddly, though, my favorite chapter is “A Drive in the Motor Car”. It was delightful and hilarious, not to mention it definitely shows the time difference. When the kids are screaming, “Let’s make it go sixty!” (pg. 101) I couldn’t help but laugh aloud. Growing up in an age where sixty miles per hour is the average speed limit on the highway, it was amusing to read the excitement of the kids to go a speed that we have become so accustomed to.
All and all, it is a fun read, even for those who aren’t well versed in the writings of Roald Dahl.