"One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation."
– The Times
"Immense fun." – Daily Telegraph
"Raunchy exuberance and cheeky entertainment."
– Sunday Express
"Deliciously silly." – Observer
"What can be said is that My Uncle Oswald
provides four or five hours of effortless reading and some amusing scenes, mostly of the kind film makers have taught us to call soft porn–so soft, indeed, that at times they turn out almost fluffy.
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."
– Vance Bourjaily
"A festival of bad taste that is at heart so innocent that we soon forgive it and enjoy ourselves . . . thoroughly juvenile fun . . . I haven't had so much fun of this sort since my last all-night joke-telling session at summer camp." – Christopher Lehman-Haupt