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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (28 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140055770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140055771
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated at Repton. He was a fighter pilot for the RAF during World War Two, and it was while writing about his experiences during this time that he started his career as an author.

His fabulously popular children's books are read by children all over the world. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

He died in November 1990.

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Deliciously sly (Observer) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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From the publication of James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the 1960s to his death in 1990, Roald Dahl became the most successful children’s author in the world. Nearly twenty years later, a fresh generation of children seek out his work with instinctive fanaticism. His creations endure - through Hollywood movies, theatre adaptations and musical works, but still most potently of all through the pure magic of his writing upon the page.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
'My Uncle Oswald' is fantastic. With the use of basic simple almost childish words in description, more detailed imagery is created. You are led into a raunchy tale that has been kept playful and humerous, but by adapting the descriptions to those more commonly used today you see a very well...uuuummm... 'passionate' production. Certaily a change from his childrens books yet there is still the deffinite presence of innocence and humour in the writting. Much more than a 'tube/train' book. I would love to have an uncle such as Oswald Cornelius, family gatherings would never be the same...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2001
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Very saucy, very funny...I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much. Dahl has woven this story very cleverly and quite frankly he could write an interesting story blindfolded, upside down with his hands tied behind his back. He is always full of ideas and this novel is no exception. Wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Thomas on 17 Jun. 2008
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This book is a fantastic read for any people whom enjoy divulging in a raunchy, enjoyable, and funny book.
With roald dahl's natural wit and flow,its a book which is hard to put down, and frankly i cannot fault it.
The fact that it isnt challenging adds to the magic of the book, and simply allows the reader to sit there captivated, laughing out loud.
The storyline itself certainly gave me a reminder of Dahls outstanding childrens books, but obviously turned into a much more mature plot.
The fact that the book is written in this way i feel gives it simply a new genre of 'adult child'
excellent to read and laugh at the immaturity of, but you wouldnt want to read it to a ten year old!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 2000
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Dahl has managed what I thought was impossible- to create a novel that I enjoyed so much that I would want to read it again. My Uncle Oswald, altough occsionally crude, tells an inconceivable story that will have you laughing tears. With an interesting twist at the end, this masterpiece is completed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Mooring on 2 Jan. 2012
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Could not say one bad word about this book! The fact that it was written over 30 years ago makes this even more of a gem. Like all Roald Dahl classics this book will make you laugh, cringe, and leave you wanting more. Love it!I
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My PlayStation is dead.... I know.... I know.... folks would rather not read about the blogger's woes, however, there is a reason why it is included so bear with me.

I take one night a week to chill in front of the old PlayStation and play video games. She has served me well got me through university and many a night watching DVDs. However, with a glitch in the middle of "Skyrim" it's life terminated, out with a flash of the screen and a beep. #Frustration

After an agonising hour of using the hairdryer on and off on a cold setting and aiming it at the internal motherboard I gave up (its now residing in the hallway collecting more dust than usual until I decide whether to A. Throw it from a moving car, B. Sell it for scrap or C. Bury it), I then turned to the kindle and thought about when I was a kid playing the Commodore 64, which took ages to load and how I used to read Roald Dahl books to pass the time (Uber Geek).

I fell in love with Roald Dahl books when I was growing up, my favourite being The wonderful world of Henry Sugar followed closely by The Witches. So I began searching the Amazon archive and found Roald Dahl adult books. Adults books you say? Yes, and they are extremely adult.

I purchased My Uncle Oswald and was immediately transported back to the mindset of that 10 year old kid as Dahl's style of painting a picture with words is truly amazing.

Uncle Oswald is a narrative based book and like many Dahl books it has stories within stories, I personally love that, it appeals to the your inner child, a sense of always wanting to be told a story.

I laughed through the book, actual laugh out louds's and not 'lol's that are put on the end of texts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Leach on 30 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved it! This is classic Roald Dahl; humorous, witty, a little saucy but in an oh so British way and ofcourse a good twist at the end of the book. I ploughed through this book it was so good - I just couldn't put it down - it was fantastic. Definitely one I'll read again, just not for a while as it seems to be doing the rounds with my friends who all love it just as much!
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I grew up with Roald Dahl's books, and also have his complete short stories which I love, a couple of which are about Uncle Oswald. So when I saw a lovely old Penguin copy of this in my local charity shop, I snapped it up..sadly, I was disappointed in the tone of the book, and a lot of the story fell flat with me, as I found it repetitive.

It moves along swiftly and draws you in, and is amusing in parts. Uncle Oswald is a colourful and interesting character..but I found the general premise of the "sex-soaked" Yasmin sleeping with dozens of men for UO's financial gain (as well as her's admittedly) somewhat distasteful and tawdry..I just didn't believe in her character and the breezy way in which she deals with the various men she encounters.

I'll read anything by Roald Dahl as I find him an enjoyable and vivid writer, but this was a disappointment overall.
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