authors' autobiog. (Was Long time, no see).

Sally Odgers sodgers at
Mon Dec 13 18:37:29 EST 1999

>  Regarding Dahl, Max said:
> 	"Anyway, I read his autobiography "Boy" and it was a 
> > real eye-opener and explained a lot.  I have a quote from "Boy" that I

I upset a whole class of children once... they asked me my opinion of Dahl
and I gave it. They were shocked. They told me it was All True because
they'd read his autobiography (or else talked to a friend whose friend had
read it...). They told me Dahl had had a terrible childhood. I asked them
who said so? And they said It Was In The Book.

Then I asked them what Dahl wrote for a living......

Their faces!

It was very mean of me, but I've never really trusted autobiographies of
fiction writers. Being one myself, I know how their minds work... they (we)
seize on a small woe and amplify it. Goodness, the average 10 y-o does it
very well. Have you ever tried to get to the bottom of *exactly* what was
said/done/implied to start a fight between kids? There's so much strike and
counter strike and it usually turns out to have been a mild comment or
nasty expression or even a slight humming noise that touched off WW3.

And the Injustices!  As one author put it rather trenchently; "It was *so*
injust! You weren't allowed to go camping with the campus drug-pusher and
his friends..."

Authors' minds work like that. I assure you! I'm not denying some people
have horrible childhoods, but I'd take any authorial autobiog with a little
pinch of salt...

Sallyo. (cowering behind the abrricades because all you lot will throw
bombs at me!)
“What, no Spode spades? No Queen Anne beerbelly chairs?”

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