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My Uncle Oswald
My Uncle Oswald
Author: Roald Dahl
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 Yas...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780140055771
ISBN-10: 0140055770
Publication Date: 5/1/1990
Pages: 208
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Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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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 Yasmin Howcomely, and the scientific know-how of Professor A. R. Woresley, Uncle Oswald anticipates the concept of the Nobel sperm bank by some 40 years, flimflamming crowned heads, great artists, and eccentric geniuses into making "donations." The life of a commercial sperm broker has a few surprises even for a sophisticated bon vivant, and Dahl manages his signature sting-in-the-tail ending even in one of his lightest comic works.
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I absolutely loved Roald Dahl when I was reading his children's books to my daughter years ago. This book is fairly funny, but I don't think it's on a par with other works I've read by him.


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