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My Uncle Oswald
     

My Uncle Oswald

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by Roald Dahl
 

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Meet Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, Roald Dahl's most disgraceful and extraordinary character . . . Aside from being thoroughly debauched, strikingly attractive and astonishingly wealthy, Uncle Oswald was the greatest bounder, bon vivant and fornicator of all time. In this instalment of his scorchingly frank memoirs he tells of his early career and erotic education

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Meet Oswald Hendryks Cornelius, Roald Dahl's most disgraceful and extraordinary character . . . Aside from being thoroughly debauched, strikingly attractive and astonishingly wealthy, Uncle Oswald was the greatest bounder, bon vivant and fornicator of all time. In this instalment of his scorchingly frank memoirs he tells of his early career and erotic education at the hands of a number of enthusiastic teachers, of discovering the invigorating properties of the Sudanese Blister Beetle, and of the gorgeous Yasmin Howcomely, his electrifying partner in a most unusual series of thefts . . . 'Raunchy and cheeky entertainment' Sunday Express 'Immense fun' Daily Telegraph Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.

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."
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"One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."
— The Times

"Immense fun." — Daily Telegraph

"Raunchy exuberance and cheeky entertainment."
— Sunday Express

"Deliciously silly." — Observer

"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."

— Vance Bourjaily

"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." — Christopher Lehman-Haupt

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101605424
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
589,022
File size:
889 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

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.

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.

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

Brief Biography

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

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My Uncle Oswald 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is worste book ive ever read pr at least clse to it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is easily one of the best books I have ever read!
CathyEB More than 1 year ago
Fabulous writing for adults from the most auspicious children's writer! Laughed out loud many times.
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Read this many years ago... and love it every bit as much today. Savor this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.