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My Uncle Oswald Paperback – May 1, 1990
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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.
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."
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For two more stories about Oswald (both priceless but not a part of the narative of this book) pick up the Switch Bitch (a collection of four stories, the other two are also superb just not part of the Oswald series).
At 17, Oswald is too young to go to the university that has accepted him so he heads off to Paris to explore life.
The things he does and the people with whom he entwines is bordering on silly and I couldn't wait to read more.
This is the secret "adult" side of the author bordering on mild porn... Who knew it is the same writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
But once they get the grand project underway I found it all rather repetitive. It felt as though Dahl got bored with it too and ended it rather abruptly. It ran out of BlisterBeetle!