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Uncle Oswald is, if you remember, the greatest rogue, bounder, connoisseur, bon vivant and fornicator of all time. Here, many famous names are mentioned and there is obviously a grave risk that families and friends are going to take offence...

Uncle Oswald discovers the electrifying properties of the Sudanese Blister Beetle and the gorgeous Yasmin Howcomely, a girl absolutely soaked in sex, and sets about seducing all the great men of the time ...

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Overview

Uncle Oswald is, if you remember, the greatest rogue, bounder, connoisseur, bon vivant and fornicator of all time. Here, many famous names are mentioned and there is obviously a grave risk that families and friends are going to take offence...

Uncle Oswald discovers the electrifying properties of the Sudanese Blister Beetle and the gorgeous Yasmin Howcomely, a girl absolutely soaked in sex, and sets about seducing all the great men of the time for his own wicked, irreverent reasons.

Uncle Oswald, the great rogue and fornicator, has discovered the world's most powerful aphrodisiac and a method of quick-freezing sperm. So with the help of the gorgeous Yasmin Howcomely, he sets out to preserve 51 living geniuses and crowned heads, from James Joyce to King Albert and Henry Ford.

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehman-Haupt
"A festival of bad taste that is at heart so innocent that we soon forgive it and enjoy ourselves . . . thoroughly juvenile fun . . . I haven't had so much fun of this sort since my last all-night joke-telling session at summer camp."
The Times
"One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."
Sunday Express
"Raunchy exuberance and cheeky entertainment."
Vance Bourjaily
"What can be said is that My Uncle Oswald provides four or five hours of effortless reading and some amusing scenes, mostly of the kind film makers have taught us to call soft porn—so soft, indeed, that at times they turn out almost fluffy.

The tone is that of a gentleman telling ribald anecdotes to his male guests after dinner. The leer is civilized . . . the dialog gets mean and raunchy, but the physical detail is kept decorous. . . . Mr. Dahl's guests are not invited to vicarious orgy, then, nor will they hear a disguised lecture by a wicked satirist of morals and manners."

Observer
"Deliciously silly."
Daily Telegraph
"Immense fun."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140055771
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

Biography

"I have never met a boy who so persistently writes the exact opposite of what he means," a teacher once wrote in the young Roald Dahl's report card. "He seems incapable of marshaling his thoughts on paper." From such inauspicious beginnings emerged an immensely successful author whom The Evening Standard would one day dub "one of the greatest children's writers of all time."

Dahl may have been an unenthusiastic student, but he loved adventure stories, and when he finished school he went out into the world to have some adventures of his own. He went abroad as a representative of the Shell corporation in Dar-es-Salaam, and then served in World War II as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. After the war, Dahl began his writing career in earnest, publishing two well-received collections of short stories for adults, along with one flop of a novel.

The short stories, full of tension and subtle psychological horror, didn't seem to presage a children's author. Malcolm Bradbury wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "[Dahl's] characters are usually ignoble: he knows the dog beneath the skin, or works hard to find it." Yet this talent for finding, and exposing, the nastier sides of grown-up behavior served him well in writing for children. As Dahl put it, "Writing is all propaganda, in a sense. You can get at greediness and selfishness by making them look ridiculous. The greatest attribute of a human being is kindness, and all the other qualities like bravery and perseverance are secondary to that."

In 1953, Dahl married the actress Patricia Neal; two of his early children's books, James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) grew out of the bedtime stories he made up for their children. Elaine Moss, writing in the Times, called the latter "the funniest children's book I have read in years; not just funny but shot through with a zany pathos which touches the young heart." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a colossal hit. A film version starring Gene Wilder was released in 1971 (as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), while James and the Giant Peach was made into a movie in 1996.

Dahl followed his initial successes with a string of bestsellers, including Danny, the Champion of the World, The Twits, The BFG, The Witches and Matilda. Some adults objected to the books' violence -- unpleasant characters (like James’s Aunts Sponge and Spiker) tend to get bumped off in grotesque and inventive ways -- but Dahl defended his stories as part of a tradition of gruesome fairy tales in which mean people get what they deserve. "These tales are pretty rough, but the violence is confined to a magical time and place," he said, adding that children like violent stories as long as they're "tied to fantasy and humor." By the time of his death in 1990, Dahl's mischievous wit had captivated so many readers that The Times called him "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."

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When Dahl was in school, he and his schoolmates occasionally served as new-product testers for the Cadbury chocolate company. Dahl used to dream of working in a chocolate manufacturer's inventing room. He wrote in his autobiography, "I have no doubt at all that, 35 years later, when I was looking for a plot for my second book for children, I remembered those little cardboard boxes and the newly invented chocolates inside them, and I began to write a book called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Dahl's first book for children, The Gremlins (1943), was a story about the mythical creatures that sabotaged British planes. (Dahl claimed for most of his life that he had coined the term "gremlins," but it had been in use by members of the Royal Air Force for years.) Walt Disney planned to use it as the basis for a movie, but the project was scrapped, and only 5,000 copies of the book were ever printed.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 13, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Llandaff, Wales, England
    1. Date of Death:
      November 23, 1990
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    You can't go wrong with Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl is one of the few writers who relates to readers of all ages. Anyone who appreciates wit, cynicism and an amazing ability to challenge the border between fantasy and reality will love My Uncle Oswald (or any other of Dahl's books). Oswald is written in a similar style to his children's stories except that the subjects are blatantly provocative and the language is quite advanced. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Hey, I may be young...

    I highly recommend this book. I was 11 when I first came across this book, and having previously sworn to myself to read all of Dahl's works, I started on this one. Well, right behind me was my mother, so after page 55 she returned the book and told me to wait a few years. 2 years later, I read this book in 2 days, and me being a perverted child, I soaked it up and have commited my favorite quotes to memory. I severly recommend this book to anyones who loves reading about sex. Whether or not you've experienced it yourself. Step aside Shakespeare, here comes Roald Dahl in his finest adult novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Font wadre your money anr time

    This is worste book ive ever read pr at least clse to it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Amazing!

    This is easily one of the best books I have ever read!

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Hilarious!

    Fabulous writing for adults from the most auspicious children's writer! Laughed out loud many times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2009

    Finally!

    Read this many years ago... and love it every bit as much today. Savor this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003

    Great read!

    Absolutely hysterical, I laughed out loud! All the humor and cleverness of his other books twisted into a story for adults. Well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2001

    sweetly seductive

    i stumbled on this book one day and it immediately caugh my attention. If you liked dahl as a child, you'll find him again in my uncle oswal, a light but comical story that will be sur to bring a smile to your lips. Years before viagra was ever invented, roald dahl imagines the blister beatle and imagine a devious plan to become rich. Fun read.

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