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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 28 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140041796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140041798
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The four outrageous stories in Switch Bitch certainly do . . . In each case Roald Dahl sets up a realistic situation, then loads it with amazing and fantastic sexual possibilities. Then, somewhere this or the other side of pornography, he produces a denouement of the banana-skin kind--black banana-skin at that." — New Statesman

"One of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation"


"The absolute master of the twist in the tale"


"Dahl is too good a storyteller to become predictable" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.

After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant PeachMatildaThe BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com

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I found these stories amusing, engrossing, disturbing and strange in equal measure. Like his children's stories, particularly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, these tales are very moralistic, full of vice and retribution but these focus specifically on sexual politics. On one level these stories could all be read as a sort of morality tale condemning the objectification of women for sexual purposes. Or, are they satire? Simply a magnification of men's baser instincts for comedic effect and shock value. Or, is the punishment he dishes out to his lecherous heroes simply a device that Dahl employs so he can expose attitudes not far from his own without appearing to do so? I'm guessing it's a bit of all three.

I doubt I'll ever seek out more of his stories but I am glad I read these. I found the quality uneven with the first story being far superior to the others but all taken together were quite unlike anything I'd read before and I'd recommend them based on that alone.
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I checked this out on tape from the library for a long car trip, and I was excited to experience some "adult" work from the author of my beloved _Matilda_ and _The Witches_.
I was pretty gripped by the first story; I found the character to be very layered and interesting. Dahl included a lot of elements that lent depth to the character. But the ending disappointed me; it was so gimmicky! I felt rather cheated, as though the whole story had been a long road to a cheap punch line. What about all that character detail? Had it been for nothing?
The rest of the stories seemed the same way, too.
I wouldn't call the book "worthless." It was certainly entertaining. But by the third story, all I could do was listen and try to guess what the next punch line would be, and the layers of the characters seemed to lose all meaning.
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A highly recommendable read, and one that many Dahl fans may not have seen, as these four stories of an erotic bent (originally published in "Playboy") don't commonly appear in his anthologies. They range from suspenseful-humorous ("Switcheroo") to devastating ("The Last Act"). The deft descriptions of sexual pleasure show yet another area of Dahl's expertise. Don't read the last story ("Bitch") before reading the first (the at first slow-moving "The Visitor", both dealing with the recurring character "Uncle Oswald"), as the opening of the latter reveals the ending of the former. When you read this, you will likely find it something of a tragedy that Dahl is primarily known to the broader public for his (admittedly brilliant) children's stories alone, like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
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Roald Dahl could easily be the best ever writer of 'twist in the tale' short stories. A few years ago in the UK ( and I'm sure on PBS in the USA ) there was a television show called "Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected" in which some of his stories were dramatized. It was not too successful and I suspect that the reason was that Mr.Dahl's stories are stories to be read. That is, read on a dark night, with a strong drink close at hand, by the light of a single reading lamp.... Then you get the full effect. Yes, these stories are chilling and bizarre and simply wonderful. Though it is not in this book, everyone should read Mr.Dahl's story entitled 'Pig'. In this reviewer's opinion that was the best story that he ever wrote. The word 'shocking' does not even come close.
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