My Uncle Oswald
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My Uncle Oswald

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A great book. Cover art by Fred Marcellino.
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published April 12th 1980 by Alfred a Knopf (first published October 1979)
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Uci
Sungguh buku yang liar! Kalau rajin baca Roald Dahl pasti sudah tidak asing dengan keliaran imajinasinya yang membuahkan, antara lain, Matilda dan Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Tapi kali ini dia membawa imajinasinya ke dimensi lain yang jauh lebih dewasa, My Uncle Oswald.

Pernahkah terpikir bisa punya anak dari tokoh-tokoh hebat dunia seperti Monet, Picasso, Einstein, Puccini, Bernard Shaw atau dari raja-raja Eropa yang tak tersentuh? Tidak harus menikah dengan mereka tentu saja, karena pelu...more
Caitlyn
My grandmother has this friend, a woman I have known as my "auntie" since I was very young. The woman always told me sweet stories when I was a child, ones suitable for a child. Last year at Christmas she got a little bit tipsy on wine and began to tell sexual jokes- which, coming from an 80 year old woman, was a bit unsettling. And yet hilariously comfortable.
This book is sort of the parallel to that story- the Roald Dahl we knew as children writing a story entirely revolving around sex. I was...more
David
Roald Dahl might like us to dismiss the rank male chauvinism, tired stereotypes, and hackneyed writing in this book, on the grounds that his "Uncle Oswald" is a charming old rogue. But there's nothing charming about the implied contempt for women that oozes through the lazy prose of Oswald's creaky tale. There may be men still alive who share his sexist view of the world, but I doubt they read books.

Dahl has written some genuinely funny stories (published in Great Britain under the titles "Kiss...more
Fatin
What bothers me the most about this book isn't even the sexism, although there is plenty of it to go around. By the truckload. What bothers me is the fact that the characters are so blatantly being raped by the means of a drug rape. Dahl makes light of this issue, tries to make us laugh at it, and probably succeeds. Initially, I was very amused by him. But over the course of the first hundred pages, I started to get a little angry, and then I got mad. What, you think that just because you're tal...more
Christina
What started off as a fun, entertaining, well-written frolic ultimately, due to its sexism, homophobia, and glorified rape-culture left a horrendous taste in my mouth.

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Frieda Vizel
I laughed and cried out loud at the ludicrousness and obscenity of the diary record of “My Uncle Oswald”. This book is obscene, it is not erotic. Do not prepare to climb into bed early one night with this adult fantasy as a sexy treat. Roald Dahl’s adult work is Charlie and the Chocolate factory gone Oswald and the Sex factory. Sex is imagined in every shape and form and nationality and flexibility (heels hooked around the neck, WTF?) till all that candy makes you sick. It isn’t erotic, unless y...more
Kenyon Harbison
Very funny at first, and then you realize it's very funny largely because this is a famous children's book author writing a book about a lecherous, greedy man who makes money by selling love potions and then by convincing the one woman he feels any connection with to extract semen (in the usual manner) from geniuses and royals, all with a view to selling the precious swimmers to rich, stupid women who want to have the children of the afore-mentioned gents. And then the episodes of semen-collecti...more
Katie
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Milly
Hilarious! This is Dahl for adults. I think this is a gem that has yet to be discovered by the general public. Definitely worth your time. Here is the summary from Amazon:

1938 diary of Oswald Hendryks Cornelius - his memories at age 43 of his escapades some 25 years earlier.

English youth Oswald makes his first fortune at 17 by journeying to the Sudan, purchasing a chunk of the world's most potent aphrodisiac (ground-up Blister Beetles), and selling it in pill form to the wealthiest men (and the...more
Juan Hidalgo
Una de las cosas buenas de Goodreads (seguramente lo mejor) es que a través de personas que vas conociendo aquí llegas a saber algo de libros como este, a los que, de otra forma, tal vez nunca le hubiese echado un vistazo.
Cuando leí la valoración de Xan lo apunté en mi lista de pendientes y enseguida me hice con un ejemplar. La historia es sorprendente y a las pocas páginas ya había soltado algunas carcajadas y tenía una sonrisa casi permanente durante su lectura.
Algunas de las valoraciones del...more
B
You guys! Roald Dahl is dirty! Dirty dirty dirty! This is my first go at reading his adult stories and I must say, I did enjoy it. Excellent back stage reading. This translates into being easy enough to pick up and put down at odd intervals and read in the dark, but also having content that is compelling enough to keep you interested while your ears are hearing the same play for the 27th time being screamed just on the other side of the curtain. I wasn’t quite sure about how he treated his lady...more
Chiara
I kind of regret not taking the time to review this book when I first finished reading it. Since it was quite some time ago – around two years, if I'm not mistaken – main part of the plot is kind of gone and I'm now left with my overall impression of this book. I remember loving it. I knew Roald Dahl was brilliant when, 8 years old and just finished with Matilda, I decided it was too good a book and promised myself I'd never read a translated book again. So to this day I still owe him a great de...more
Frances
I haven't added a book to my favorites page in FOREVER and I'm so happy that the honored spot is going to this one.

What a lot of fun. Just what a spectacular book. I mean, does this book reveal deep and special feelings within me? No - nor should it have. That would have been inappropriate and uncomfortable for everyone.

Instead, this book is just a savage, salacious jaunt through Europe with a few people who've decided that early 20th century morality wasn't that big of a deal and EVERYONEJUSTNE...more
Sun
"My Uncle Oswald" is mad and outrageous and hilarious. I'd forgotten how funny Roald Dahl books were, not having read any since school days.

The story is utterly fantastic but I lapped it up like a cat does cream. Plot involves the discovery of a Viagra-like compound and features precursors to female Viagra, IVF, and sperm banks. Marvellous story-telling by Dahl through an unscrupulous but charming narrator.

Don't make the mistake of pegging Dahl as only a children's author. It's time for all gr...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Dahl è conosciuto soprattutto per i suoi libri per ragazzi, caratterizzati da originalità e creatività. Lo zio Oswald è invece definito per “adulti” ed è stato pubblicato in Italia solo ora, ma è datato 1979. E’ un libro dissacrante e divertente, almeno per chi apprezza lo humor inglese. Il racconto non può definirsi erotico ma, nella sua irriverenza e per gli anni in cui è stato scritto, il tema a sfondo sessuale era quasi scandaloso.
In esso si narra che Oswald, entrato in possesso di una polve...more
Elizabeth
This book continues the adventures of Uncle Oswald instroduced in Dahl's short story collections. I thought I would get tired of the a full length story about Uncle Oswald and the making of his fortune but I was wrong. I couldn't put it down.
Xan
Es difícil imaginarte a uno de tus autores infantiles favoritos escribiendo una sátira sexual, pero Roald Dahl consigue qyue te rías de la misma manera que cuando leías sus historias de la fábrica de chocolate.
Aúnque se hable mucho de sexo y las sucesivas escenas de alcoba sean el hilo que une las distintas escenas creo que este libro es sobre todo un retrato muy desenfadado de algunas de las personas más famosas de los años veinte, de la falsa moralidad, de la fama...
Y entre risas y sonrisas p...more
MissInfo
Raunchy sex novel by the man who brought you Willie Wonka, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. LOL.
Oswald discovers the world's most powerful aphrodisiac and hides is in chocolate so that his female accomplice can collect the babyjuice of famous men....for re-sale.

Of course I read this in secret as a child..in keeping with my pattern of strangeness as a youth. My parents joined some kind of publisher's book club, which was odd because they neither had any free time for reading fict...more
Lynn Hoffmann
Book Review: My Uncle Oswald, by Roald Dahl
I always enjoyed Dahl's brilliant and witty writings as a child, so it's no surprise that I equally enjoy his more adult themed books as well. When I was teaching, I used to use his short story "Lamb to the Slaughter" as an excellent example of situational irony. "Lamb" was originally published by Harper's in the early 50's. (Many of the best writers were published in Harper's and The New Yorker back in those days).
A few years back, I discovered his "Om...more
TBML
Roald Dahl had a gimlet eye for human foibles and he could write a story that peeled back all the layers of ridiculousness that cloak our society and get at the heart of the really, really stupid. His children's stories nailed it from a child's perspective and, people, his stories for adults were even more brilliant.

The narrator's Uncle Oswald had a fabulous idea to make a lot of money: Search out the most brilliant men of the day and use a beautiful woman to seduce them and steal their...ahem....more
PurplyCookie
The nameless narrator has revealed snippets of the lovable, lascivious Uncle Oswald's life in other collections ("Taste" and "Switch Bitch"), but this is the only novel--brief though it is--dedicated solely to the diaries of "the greatest fornicator of all time."

I've said it once and I'll say it again, there is simply a shortage of good books focused on erotic humor. This story is rather a caricature of all sexual values that have ever existed. The story's main person, Oswald Cornelius (who is...more
Brendan
The book is not Dahl's best, or most exciting, but it is certainly his dirtiest and, arguably, funniest. Those who have read his adult short stories know about Dahl's obsession with black comedy, dealing humorously with such issues as death and sex. This book blends both this unusual type of humour with his distinctive method of story-telling; in fact it feels like reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' or 'The BFG' but with more mention of intercourse. I think, by far, the most interesting...more
Edel
This was the first of Roald Dahl's books aimed for adults that I have ever read and I must say I was not dissapointed.
The characters were an amusing bunch and the plot was not what I was expecting from Dahl but I was pleasantly surprised.
I will definately be reading his other books now .
The high jinks the characters get up to are very funny at times and I was often laughing away to myself as the pages flew by at great speed. I suggest reading it in one sitting or maybe over a weekend ..
It take...more
Devanathan
What the hell did I just read? I didn't know Dahl wrote adult fiction. To be honest, I picked up Dahl to live a part of childhood that everyone seems to have lived. Let me just say I will never be able to innocently read any of his books, ever.

Nevertheless, one scandalous, perverse, even ridiculous, and downright obscenely hilarious book. Uncensored.

And poor Bernard Shaw.
Christine Zarah
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”

This book started with the following line: "Behold Uncle Oswald, Michelangelo of seduction. He makes Casanova look like Winnie the Pooh." That wa...more
Margaret von Fizzlewick
Roald Dahl had a gimlet eye for human foibles and he could write a story that peeled back all the layers of ridiculousness that cloak our society and get at the heart of the really, really stupid. His children's stories nailed it from a child's perspective and, people, his stories for adults were even more brilliant.

Uncle Oswald...on a search for brilliant sperm to sell to desparate women who want smart children. Encounters with some of the most brillaint people of the day, including a hilariou...more
Kambin Pillay
Mar 27, 2009 Kambin Pillay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of erotica that is tasteful rather than pornographic
Recommended to Kambin by: a brave English teacher
I first read this adult classic as a teenager and was pleasantly surprised that the creator of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also had fantasies about sultry exotic sex-oozing goddesses called Yasmin Howcomely. Truly wonderfully raunchy, this tale written in the late 1970's describes how in-vitro-fertilisation as a prelude to cryogenic freezing may have taken place in the early 20th century. A truly great romp and graphic enough for all but the most voyeuristic a...more
Jake
You've all read Roald Dahl's children's books, so you already know that he's a great writer with a particular style. Characters are always crying out. They always have that same moment of inspiration: "I've got it!", he cried, "It's a whizzer! It's corker!". Well, this is the same thing, but for adults. What makes it for adults? For starters, ever since I found out that Ian Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Roald Dahl wrote the screen play, they've always been linked in my mind, and My...more
jesse
so in contrast to the other review i found this to be a lower point for Dahl's works. Looking at only his mature work, his short stories are much more enjoyable then this novel. Oswald appears in one of his short stories ( I forget the title) and the anecdote told in that one is much more concise and interesting. I found this one to drag on. As a result, I highly recommend his short stories, (they're some of the most enjoyable works I have read) but I was a bit disapointed with this book.
John
Inasmuch as I am heartbroken in giving negative notes on an author and his work, I would just.

I love-hate this book. I expected a redemption in the end but like a lost sheep separated from his flock, the last pages of the book sorrily bleats to a din for future attention.

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“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” 302 likes
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