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My Uncle Oswald

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  7,959 Ratings  ·  687 Reviews
Roald Dahl's first-ever novel presents the scurrilous memoirs of that delightful old reprobate from switch bitch, Oswald Hendryks Cornelius - connoisseur, bon vivant, collector of spiders, scorpions, odd walking sticks, lover of opera, expert on Chinese porcelain, and without doubt the greatest fornicator of all time. In this delightful picaresque story, it is revealed how ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Penguin (Non-Classics) (first published October 1979)
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Oct 27, 2012 Fatin rated it did not like it
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
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
Alexis Hall
Okay, there is just no defending this book.

It's unbelievably offensive and problematic in basically every possible way you could imagine. And some you probably can't. Or shouldn't.

But it's also ... y 'know ... utterly and unspeakably hilarious.

I made poor Kat read this because she's a fan of Roald Dahl's children's stories. She's recovering fine.

Honestly, I read it first when I was about eighteen. And, coming back to it, I wasn't quite prepared for the sheer scope and scale of its ... it's incre
Feb 20, 2007 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing
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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
Mar 05, 2013 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Aug 24, 2010 Uci rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
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
Frieda Vizel
Aug 13, 2013 Frieda Vizel rated it it was ok
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. All centered around a sch ...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
Jan 03, 2009 Milly rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Jul 12, 2011 Chiara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Oct 29, 2015 Xabi1990 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una novela corta de carácter erótico-festivo (o sea, humor con toques light de escenas sexuales) ambientada a comienzos del siglo XX y donde relata en primera persona las aventuras que le acontecieron al tío Oswald y sus asociados en su intento exitoso de hacerse rico, muy rico.

Es muy divertida de leer y si queréis pasar un ratito (son sólo 200 pags.) de humor con sonrisa perpetua, coged este libro y preparaos para novela ligera donde olvidaros de los malos rollos y disfrutad de la mano del l
Aug 11, 2012 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paloma Meir
Aug 18, 2015 Paloma Meir rated it it was amazing
Stop whatever you're doing and read this book right now. You're welcome.
Stan Georgiana
Dec 02, 2016 Stan Georgiana rated it it was ok
Nu e ceea ce ne-am fi așteptat de la Roald Dahl. Parțial amuzant, parțial problematic.
Apr 10, 2017 MTK rated it did not like it
Παρωχημένο χιούμορ κάκιστης ποιότητας.
May 04, 2017 Dorin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Unchiul Oswald” e un fragment dintr-un pseudo-jurnal erotic al personajului titular. Aceasta conține cartea a XX-a din jurnal (pe alocuri face referințe către jurnale mai vechi) în care Oswald povestește originea averii sale. Pe scurt e vorba de un praf făcut dintr-un gândac sudanez care e un extraordinar afrodiziac - cu efect puternic și brusc. Oricine ingerează un vârf de ac de astfel de praf devine în 9 minute (pe ceas) un animal sexual sălbatic, care va face absolut orice să-și satisfacă ne ...more
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Jul 14, 2013 Roxana-Mălina Chirilă rated it really liked it
I've just finished re-reading "My Uncle Oswald" and I found it just as entertaining as I did last time. It's dirty, it's porn-y, it's ridiculous from start to finish, with mad metaphors substituting for some of the dirty scenes (Oswald pictures himself as a jousting knight defeating a giant man-eating woman during one of his sexual encounters). Definitely no children's book, this one.

Oswald is an immoral bastard in love with money, sex, wine and food, with a penchant for finding good business ev
I still can't believe I found this book in Children's section, I wouldn't be too surprised in some cases, but this is American library. Knowing how everybody's freaking out about children + sex topic, I was more than shocked.
This book is lavishly but bluntly written about fucking (I am not going to say "love making", there was no love making, just simple fucking). And a funny twist of how viagra and artificial insemination could have started.
I probably would have enjoyed this book much more If I
Sep 28, 2010 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2016 Gebanuzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sentí una pulsada de emoción al leer la contraportada de este libro -como si hubiera ingerido un escarabajo sudanés-, fui contra él y comencé a devorarlo.

Lo peculiar de Dahl es que su mayor trabajo reconocido es en el rango de literatura para infantil. Libros encantadores que han cruzado las fronteras hacia otros medios artísticos. El tío Oswald es en cambio, un texto sobre un tipo sin escrúpulos, lascivo y ambicioso. El libro está lleno de picardía, Ingenio y humor.
Lynn Hoffmann
May 04, 2013 Lynn Hoffmann rated it it was amazing
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
Juan Hidalgo
Feb 19, 2014 Juan Hidalgo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2011 Siv30 rated it really liked it
Shelves: satire
(my uncle oswald) רואלד דאל ידוע בעיקר בזכות ספרי הילדים שכתב: "מטילדה", "צרלי בממלכת השוקולד" ועוד. ממה שקראתי בספרי הילדים שלו, הכתיבה שלו שנונה והומוריסטית אם כי אינה מחטיאה את המטרה ומצליחה להעביר גם את המסר. כשנתקלתי בספר הזה שלו, לא ידעתי שכתב גם עבור מבוגרים ובכלל לא ידוע לי על תרגום עוד ספרים למבוגרים מפרי עטו. הספר מתאר את קורותיו של אוסוולד קורנליוס בשנים שלפני מלחמת העולם הראשונה ועד 1935. אוסוולד בחור צעיר נהנתן, בעל תאוות לחיים טובים, לכסף, נשים ומין לא בהכרח בסדר הזה. הספר מתאר את ...more
So this is an ode to ignorance, misogyny, and rape apologism. It also sucks as a novel because the characters are all carton cutouts without any shade of depth or complexity. I couldn't care less about what happened to any of them, and the ending, which I think was supposed to elicit glee, left me cold.

2015 EDIT: Joke's on Dahl though because intelligence is inherited from the mother. Misogynists are idiots.
Dec 23, 2010 Sun rated it really liked it
"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
Jan 21, 2016 Hedoga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Me ha decepcionado.

Esperaba un libro de humor británico con algún tinte erótico ( por lo que había oído de él ) y me he encontrado con que ni humor ni erotismo ni ná de ná ...

Que hay un par de pasajes lejanamente graciosos ... pues sí, pero un par en todo el libro (menos mal que es corto)

No lo recomiendo.
Apr 09, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 20, 2015 Chalchihut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! This novel convinces me easily that Dahl is one of the most talented pens of our age. Along with the children and mysterious stories he’s written, my first experience in reading his adult literature has been a jolly good one.

I spare you the spoilers if you haven’t read this book. Besides, do not read the reviews here on goodreads page in case you want to read this book. Just let every bit of it come by surprise, because it is so well-written and it will make you laugh.

I am usually dis
Stephen McQuiggan
Feb 24, 2017 Stephen McQuiggan rated it it was ok
After discovering the aphrodisiac qualities of the Sudanese Blister Beetle, young Oswald embarks upon a scheme to collect the semen of the world's greatest minds, set up a sperm bank, and get filthy rich. Now, this could have turned out to be a load of wank if it wasn't so engagingly libelous in places. However, there are a few things that grate - the idea that a beautiful woman, or any woman for that matter, would enjoy being raped by a series of desiccated pensioners is a very dated male conce ...more
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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

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