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My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
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Jul 17, 2009

it was amazing
Read in May, 1995

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...sperm...to sell to desperate women who wanted brilliant children. Encounters with some of the most brillaint people of the time (1920s-30s) including a hilarious exchange with George Bernard Shaw, humorless socialist and prude, betrayals and a typical Dahl-ian ending await you. Highly, highly recommended for fans of Dahl and biting social commentary. -Margaret
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