Oswald Hendryks Cornelious is a man of many talents who made a bunch of money using scandalous and interesting methods. Oswald's journal has been shared with the readers to understand his own accounts of making money. He tells readers that he has gotten a hold of the most powerful aphrodisiac in the world, the Sundanese Blister Beetle. He makes a powder of the beetle and we see what happens to people who take it. The powder's affects are intense and takes over users control of their sexuality. In just a short 9 mins. time after ingesting the powder, it takes affect of the mind and body and the person is overcome with sexual need. The person who does take this powder will rape or do whatever they can to climax, usually multiple times. The story accounts for different people who have tried the powder. Oswald shares his powder with some very powerful and rich men. They each take the powder individually and demand that Oswald gives to them more pills. Oswald sells many pills to the rich men and becomes wealthy.
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Oswald decides to go back to school and reconnects with a professor, A. R. Woresley. A. R. Woresley has discovered that sperm can be saved by freezing it at a very low temperature of negative 167 degrees. He uses his discovery to help his brother's farm and breeds his brother's cows with a prized bull.
Later, Oswald announces to A. R. Woresley that he has a great idea which will make both of them very rich. He tells A. R. Woresley the plan of retrieving sperm from the geniuses of the day and freezing the sperm in order to preserve and use it. Then they could sell the sperm to rich women who wish to create children using the right sperm of the rich and intelligent.
A. R. Woresley agrees to be a part of the process after being taken advantage by Yasmin Howcomely. She gives A. R. Woresley a piece of chocolate with the powder in it. The powder takes over him and Yasmin retrieves his sperm.
Oswald and Yasmin travel all over Europe to retrieve the sperm of powerful, rich and artistic men. The book outlines the journey that they take. Worseley and Yasmin fall in love at the end and Oswald is happily left to himself and the women he may meet.
Best part of story, including ending:
I did not appreciate the sexism throughout the book. I did appreciate the planning of all three characters and how they set up an operation to work. They had a plan, followed through with that plan, and made money.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene in the book is when Yasmin enters the laboratory and puts her skills to use for the first time. I liked that Oswald was sitting in the back of the room, watching everything happen without her knowledge. I like that Yasmin courageously positioned herself in the right way to avoid A. R. Woresley's attacks. I like the way Roald Dahl described what A. R. Woresley was going through.
Opinion about the main character:
The main character, Oswald, is horrible in my opinion because he relentlessly exploits people with his endless schemes and ridiculous manners.