Boy - a Book by Roald Dahl (1916-1990)

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Roald Dahl was a British author, but he also had deep roots in Norway since both his parents were Norwegian. He was born in Llandaff, September 13th, 1916. “Boy” is a book which tells about an important part of Roalds life, his childhood. It is set in France, England, Wales and Norway from the time when his father, Harald Dahl, had to amputate an arm because a drunken doctor mistook his fractured elbow for a dislocated shoulder, back in 1877. Until he, Roald Dahl joins RAF as a fighter pilot in 1939.

Roald was very proud of his parents and the whole first chapter is about them, and how his father, Harald Dahl, went from a middle-class boy with high ambitions to a successful businessman in Cardiff. He started out in Sarpsborg, from here he went to France with his brother Oscar where they split to seek independent success. Harald met a man called Aadnesen in France and together they went to Cardiff to start a shipbroking firm. Even though they started out with nothing but a small office at the docks business went well and after a few years he could afford to buy a big house. His wife, Marie, whom he had met in Paris before he went to Cardiff, bore him two children, but tragically died after giving birth to the second one. This left Harald rather lonely and he decided that his children had to have a stepmother. To find another wife he travelled back to Norway and after a short period of time he met a woman named Sofie Magdalena Hesselberg, to whom he proposed within a week. During the next six years after their marriage Sofie bore him four children, one of them Roald. In the year 1920 Roalds sister Astri died of appendicitis, which at the time was a very deadly disease. She was Haralds favourite among the children and when she died he became very depressed and did not even fight the pneumonia which hit him a month later. He died at the age of 57, this left Roalds mother, Sofie, alone in a strange country, pregnant, with five children, two of which was not...
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