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Roald Dahl - Oom Oswald (04-036)

Roald Dahl - Oom Oswald (04-036)

Number: 04-036
Title: Oom Oswald (Orig.: My uncle Oswald)
Author: Roald Dahl
Language: Dutch (Orig.: English)
Year: 1980
# Pages: 263 (6861)
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 90-417-1037-X

Roald Dahl is very famous as a children's book author, but he also writes short stories for adults. This one is difficult to classify. It is as much a comic novel as it is an adult, perhaps even an erotic novel. However you define it, it certainly has the typical Dahl seal over it.

Uncle Oswald tells the story of how he became a millionaire. While gathering his fortune, he is also a Casanova as even the name giver of that term would have envied. Never sleep with the same woman twice, is one of his mottos. A trip to Sudan, a stay in Paris, a scheme with includes artificial insemination, several royalties; everything together combines for a nice page twister. Great story. Dahl is much better than most people realise.