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My Uncle Oswald

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  7,275 Ratings  ·  624 Reviews
ISBN 13: 9780140055771

The nameless narrator has revealed snippets of the lovable, lascivious Uncle Oswald's life in other collections, but this is the only novel--brief though it is--dedicated solely to the diaries of "the greatest fornicator of all time." Inspired by stories of the aphrodisiac powers of the Sudanese blister beetle, the palpable seductiveness of the lovely
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Paperback, 205 pages
Published 1980 by Penguin (first published October 1979)
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Fatin
Mar 25, 2013 Fatin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Caitlyn
Feb 20, 2007 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Kavita Ramesh
Mar 01, 2016 Kavita Ramesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember being HIGHLY scandalized and thinking to myself, "Is this Roald Dahl? Really? The guy who gave us 'Matilda'?" But scandalized in a good way.
The plot still sticks in my head, even after all these years.

(I see that many have rated this novel very low. But I feel that one needs to judge a book based on the era in which it was written. How can you expect a book published in 1979 to read "politically correct" in 2016? Sensibilities change. Sheesh! Give it a break already!)
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
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Christina
Mar 07, 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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Uci
Aug 24, 2010 Uci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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. All centered around a sch ...more
Milly
Jan 03, 2009 Milly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie
Jul 24, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Chiara
Apr 04, 2013 Chiara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 01, 2013 Frances rated it it was amazing
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
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Zivile
Jun 16, 2016 Zivile rated it liked it
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
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B
Oct 05, 2010 B rated it liked it
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
Gebanuzo
Jul 28, 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.
Juan Hidalgo
Mar 14, 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
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Paloma Meir
Aug 18, 2015 Paloma Meir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stop whatever you're doing and read this book right now. You're welcome.
Siv30
Sep 23, 2015 Siv30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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(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
Xabi1990
Nov 05, 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
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Hedoga
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)
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No lo recomiendo.
Sun
Apr 26, 2011 Sun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"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
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Tony
Oct 12, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MY UNCLE OSWALD. (1979). Roald Dahl. ****.
The gimmick here is that the compiler of this work is extracting from the diaries of his Uncle. His uncle was “Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, the bon vivant, the connoisseur, the collector of spiders, scorpions and walking-sticks, the lover of opera, the expert on Chinese porcelain, the seducer of women, and without doubt the greatest fornicator of all time.” The book was a direct reference from a chapter written by his uncle. This chapter tells about how Os
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Felipe Guerrero
Jun 10, 2016 Felipe Guerrero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sexy y muy gracioso, vaya con este librito.

Me a gustado muchísimo este libro, es muy distinto a lo que normalmente leo, no es literatura fantástica, ni es ciencia ficción (excepto quizá por un pequeño detallito muy mínimo), creo que de hecho cae dentro del genero de literatura erótica.

La trama es sencilla: Un cierto tipo de escarabajo es pulverizado para crear un polvo que resulta ser el afrodisíaco mas potente que existe en todo el mundo. El personaje principal de este libro logra hacerse con e
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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
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Chalchihut
Oct 31, 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
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Cormac Healy
Aug 20, 2015 Cormac Healy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable book.

Entertaining, easy to read, witty, short, pretty much everything you could want from a book when you are not in the mood for some serious mental strain.

The book covers the early life of Dahl's Uncle Oswald (a man described as comfortably the greatest womaniser of all time) and how he made his fortune as a young man. It goes without saying this involved some questionable ethics and plenty of seduction.

Whilst the views of Uncle Oswald come across as very outdated (an
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Elizabeth
Apr 09, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kasi
Jun 22, 2016 Kasi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading the book and it seems slightly unfair to me that so many reacted in negative way about it. I really don't think that Roald Dahl wanted to offend somebody or that he actually thought this way (I admit that it was a little bit hard not take it personally sometimes especially when he made some unpleasant comments about Bulgaria, yes, I am Bulgarian). I found the book extremely witty and saw the irony with which Dahl created his character Oswald. Anyway I had a really good l ...more
Heli
Apr 28, 2016 Heli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mitä saadaan, kun yhdistetään Stephen Fryn irvokkaimmat romaanihahmot (kuten Virtahepo) 1900-luvun alun tehdas- ja matkailuintoiluun ja annetaan Roald Dahlin huiskia verbaalis-eroottisella sanan säilällään? No tietysti saadaan nauttia elostelevan Oswald-enon seikkailuista. Tyylikkään Alahuuli-novellikokoelman tapaan tälläkään romaanilla ei ole juuri tekemistä erotiikan kanssa.

Tämä kirja kuuluisi tavallaan myös päiväkirjojen ja muistelmien kategoriaan, koska kirjassa nimetön sisarenpoika päästää
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