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My Uncle Oswald

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  9,035 ratings  ·  770 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
Kindle Edition, Reissue edition, 288 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published October 1979)
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Oct 27, 2012 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
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 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
João Reis
Far from being Dahl's best (he's more a short story writer, in my honest opinion), but still a moderately funny book. This novel follows Oswald Cornelius, who the reader might know from the superb "Switch Bitch", and his attempts to get rich by selling sperm from famous artists and kings. Yes, it's racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, anthropocentric, shallow, chauvinistic, but it doesn't aim high. If you take it for what it is - a light comedy book -, it's quite enjoyable, though a bit repet ...more
Mar 05, 2013 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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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
Paloma Meir
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stop whatever you're doing and read this book right now. You're welcome.
Aug 24, 2010 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
Jan 03, 2009 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
Aug 11, 2012 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
Jul 12, 2011 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
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I love Roald Dahl dearly, but our relationship is on the rocks.
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
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
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
May 04, 2017 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
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 29, 2015 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
Stan Georgiana
Nu e ceea ce ne-am fi așteptat de la Roald Dahl. Parțial amuzant, parțial problematic.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dahl'dan müthiş komik, zekice yazılmış bir başyapıt. Neden daha fazla okunup konuşulmadığını asla anlayamayacağız.
Filip Struhárik
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Už si nepamätám, kedy a kde som túto knihu kúpil. Asi v nejakom výpredaji s viacerými inými, založil ju a objavil až teraz pri sťahovaní. Teraz som ju vzal do rúk, reku Dahla som ešte nikdy nečítal. Na obale píšu, že "ohromná zábava" a "dômyselne namiešaná zmes humoru, napätia a absurdity", na Goodreads známka okolo 3,9. Ono je to ale úplne inak.

Problém tejto knihy nie je konská dávka sexizmu. Nevadí, že hlavný hrdina má pravidlo, že so žiadnou ženou nebude viac ako jedenkrát. Lenže aj Barney z
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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 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 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.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Παρωχημένο χιούμορ κάκιστης ποιότητας.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vtipný (poriadny čierny humor) príbeh plný sexu a vulgarizmov. Nič pre puritánov. Ja som sa schuti zasmiala.
Lynn Hoffmann
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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 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
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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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“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.” 692 likes
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