Published by Penguin on October, 1979
Genres: Erotica, Satire
Source: Owned, Read in 2014
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.
This is NOT your Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Matilda/James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl. This is him being like Benny Hill. Which was good, because last year our Naughty November book (Gabriel’s Inferno) didn’t have any actual sex until the very last few pages. No joke.
The story tells of how Oswald made his fortune, and highlights some of his and other’s sexual exploits.
Some of us found the book to be sexist, some found it funny, while still others didn’t like it or finish it. I fell somewhere in between. There were parts I found amusing and other parts I found boring or ridiculously sexist. It is, after all, satire. It’s meant to stir up and inflame.
Of course, this made for a great book club discussion! Regardless of our overall rating of the book, we all enjoyed discussing certain scenes. In particular, the scene where we felt Oswald got some of his comeuppance involving a rather vicious and industrial tub drain. We even had Sarah, our go to British accent impersonator, read that scene out loud for our enjoyment.
My Uncle Oswald is not a book I ever would have read or finished if it weren’t a book club selection, but it led to some great conversation (especially about the real life reasons Roald Dahl wrote the book and featured so many real life famous men in embarrassing sexual situations). In the future, I’ll stick to his children books (which are bloody brilliant) and his short stories.
I give My Uncle Oswald a Midnight Book Rating of: