Switch Bitch

Switch Bitch

by Roald Dahl


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"Dahl is too good a storyteller to become predictable." —The Daily Telegraph

In Switch Bitch four tales of seduction and suspense are told by the grand master of the short story, Roald Dahl. Topping and tailing this collection are "The Visitor" and "Bitch," stories featuring Dahl's notorious hedonist Oswald Hendryks Cornelius (or plain old Uncle Oswald) whose exploits are frequently as extraordinary as they are scandalous. In the middle, meanwhile, are "The Great Switcheroo" and "The Last Act," two stories exploring a darker side of desire and pleasure. In the black comedies of Switch Bitch Roald Dahl brilliantly captures the ins and outs, highs and lows of sex.  

Roald Dahl, the brilliant and worldwide acclaimed author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and many more classics for children, also wrote scores of short stories for adults. These delightfully disturbing tales have often been filmed and were most recently the inspiration for the West End play Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales by Jeremy Dyson. Roald Dahl's stories continue to make readers shiver today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780241955727
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 363,299
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 Peach, Matilda, The 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

Date of Birth:

September 13, 1916

Date of Death:

November 23, 1990

Place of Birth:

Llandaff, Wales, England

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

Table of Contents

The Visitor7
The Great Switcheroo55
The Last Act81

What People are Saying About This

Jonathan Yardley

"The subject of all four stories is sex and rarely has that subject been milked for so many laughs...'Switch Bitch' certainly does the soul a power of good."

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"Dahl is too good a storyteller to become predictable"

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Switch Bitch 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Treat yourself to a good laugh!
eak321 More than 1 year ago
Until recently, I didn't realize that Roald Dahl -- the famous writer of such children's classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and the Fantastic Mr. Fox -- wrote adult-oriented stories as well. It was probably as surprising as when I found out Judy Blume wrote novels like Wifey. I decided to see what these stories were like and ordered SWITCH B*TCH. SWITCH B*TCH is a collection of four short stories of Dahl's. While I enjoy and appreciate the short story form, I typically don't read short story collections because too often I feel a bit cheated. I invest my time in getting to know the characters, begin to like and understand them, and then before I know it, the story ends and the characters are gone. Forever. This is not a reason to not read (or write) short stories, but it can sometimes be disappointing to a reader to get involved again and again with different characters so quickly. The title of this short story collection comes from combining the titles of two of the included short stories: "The Great Switcheroo" and "B*tch." Also included are "The Visitor" and "The Last Act." "The Visitor" and "B*tch" are stories about the fictitious oversexed Uncle Oswald. Apparently, Dahl wrote a lot of short stories involving this character's travels and exploits. "The Great Switcheroo" involves something of a Twilight Zone-like story where two men plot to have sex with the other man's wife without her knowledge. "The Last Act" involves a lonely widow who tries to move on after the death of her beloved husband. There are consistent themes throughout the four short stories included in SWITCH B*TCH. Each of the four short stories included in this collection have a bit of suspense to them. It's not in a thriller sort of way, mind you, but once I read one story and realized the technique Dahl was using to write each story, I found myself a bit hooked, very curious, and rushing toward the end to see what happens. Additionally, each story has a twist at the end, and I found myself trying to guess what was going to happen, much like an O. Henry short story. Lastly, each story introduces some sort of scientific theory that is relevant to the story. Whether they're true or not is anyone's guess, but they're interesting enough to believe for the sake of the plot. Ironically, the introduction says that these short stories were originally published in -- of all places -- Playboy magazine; however, details of the sexual encounters are glossed over, and the narrator always says, "I won't bore you with the details..." or "I'm sure you can guess what happened next..." Hello, it's Playboy! I guess now I can honestly say that I read Playboy just for the articles. I was quite entertained by Dahl's short stories in this small collection. So much so, that I'll probably look into buying and reading more. They really held my attention and seem to withstand the test of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roald Dahl knows how to grab a reader into a story by creating a dramatic and rather interesting plot that accelerates until it reaches a climatic ending that ends in a twist. Dahl brings back a short story of Uncle Oswald's adventures along with three other titles that are imaginative and well developed. This is a must read!
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I knew Roald Dahl wrote fiction for adults. I had no idea I would be as amused as I was. Dahl explores sexuality from various angles, here, as he does other temptations in his children books. I was fond of the Uncle Oswald stories, and I cannot wait to read more. The stories of a man who is known for his sexuality, for his success rates, for his charisma, were even more cherished when the reader is granted access to the truth about what the end result is of the fantasies.While the bite of "The Great Switcheroo" was a bit cliche, I admit to wanting to know, "what then?""The Last Act" made me cry.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vulgar and misogynistic, treats women as objects, leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. I Strongly dislike the book, am tempted to burn it.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4 sinister short stories to enjoy. these have more of a sexual theme than most roald dahl.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short stories much along the lines of what he's written in "My Uncle Oswald," from stories about the negative effects of planning a wife swap to marketing the best aphrodisiac-with abysmal results.Dahl's sardonic, no-adults-don't-know-best wit and emotion carry through this entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
F***ing s***!!!!!!!!! Roald Dahl should stick to childrens books instead!
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Idk why i got locked out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was just looking at books by this author like when I read when I was younger and was like wtc! when I saw this. He should really stick to childrens books cause if people are looking for books from their childhood they will not be happy to see this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its gay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so disapointed i cursed. And i usually dont do that. Roald Dahl you need to stock to children books. I absolutely do not recomend this book for you. I thoughtvit would be naughty and nasty by the title but as i aid in the begining i am very disopointed.