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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 3, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140041796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140041798
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,413 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

More About the Author

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Llandaff, South Wales, and went to Repton School in England. His parents were Norwegian, so holidays were spent in Norway. As he explains in Boy, he turned down the idea of university in favor of a job that would take him to"a wonderful faraway place. In 1933 he joined the Shell Company, which sent him to Mombasa in East Africa. When World War II began in 1939 he became a fighter pilot and in 1942 was made assistant air attaché in Washington, where he started to write short stories. His first major success as a writer for children was in 1964. Thereafter his children's books brought him increasing popularity, and when he died children mourned the world over, particularly in Britain where he had lived for many years.The BFG is dedicated to the memory of Roald Dahls eldest daughter, Olivia, who died from measles when she was seven - the same age at which his sister had died (fron appendicitis) over forty years before. Quentin Blake, the first Children's Laureate of the United Kingdom, has illustrated most of Roald Dahl's children's books.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely Lovely, I'm excited to read the Uncle Oswald book next.
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Each of the four short stories included in this collection have a bit of suspense to them.
Eric K.
Very good book, very entertaining and interesting stories, completely unexpected.
Danny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "jzk" on January 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
An easy read, well-plotted, and often surprising, these four stories should please most readers with a taste for the ironic. The philandering, eccentric character of "Uncle Oswald" is a hedonistic delight, and the two stories involving him are certainly the better half of this small collection. It takes a masterful writer to make such an amoral protagonist work, in any context. The other two tales, involving a wife-swapping and a widow ready to try intimacy again, are less gripping, and a bit anticlimactic with their payoffs.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on May 22, 2006
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This is easily Dahl's most sfnal work, and is mostly erotic humor, a micro-genre that is in woefully short supply.

Here's a sample from "Bitch", my favorite. The protag has been dosed with the world's most potent aphrodosiac:

[quote] ...the two of us were millions of miles up in outer space, flying through the universe in a shower of meteorites all red and gold. I was riding her bareback... "Faster!" I shouted, jabbing long spurs into her flanks. "Go faster!" Faster and still faster she flew, spurting and spinning around the rim of the sky, her mane streaming with sun, and snow waving out of her tail. The sense of power I had was overwhelming. I was unassailable, supreme. I was the Lord of the Universe, scattering the planets and catching the stars in the palm of my hand...

Oh, ecstasy and ravishment! Oh, Jericho and Tyre and Sidon! The walls came tumbling down and the firmament disintegrated, and out of the smoke and fire of the of the explosion, the sitting-room in the Waldorf Towers came swimming slowly back into my consciousness like a rainy day..."

What a pity that Roald Dahl didn't write more adult fiction. Anyway, if you haven't read Switch Bitch, some wonderfully sly, bawdy and remarkably well-written entertainment awaits you. Bon appetit!

Happy reading--

Peter D. Tillman
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Chalcenteric Kid on February 8, 1998
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Egirl on April 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gehrman on July 6, 2009
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I rarely read short stories anymore because I think there are very few good writers in this genre. The reason for that, I think, is because good short stories are hard to write. You've got to be able to pack a lot of punch into a small space. And this is exactly what Roald Dahl is able to do. He creates memorably eccentric characters and unexpected plot elements, usually culminating in something deliciously surprising by story's end. I recommend this collection for anyone who appreciates well-crafted short stories. Paul Gehrman, Author, Kaleidoscope
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I first read Dahl's adult writings as a kid, I was a Wonka and Peach fan. I was surprised to see how easily he dealt with far darker themes, and as an adult I appreciate his wit even more.
Not everything here is great, but the highlights are very special indeed.
Roald twists things around but is never cruel to the reader or character; justice is usually served, often a la carte...
When he's at his best, I'd rank Dahl up there with Saki and O'Henry for knowing how to stand a short story on its head. That's high praise!
Very entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Leack on April 22, 2007
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This is quite possibly the most entertaining a hilarious collection of short stories I have ever read. Dahl's humor is flawless and he leaves you on the edge throughout every strangely sexual tale in this book. I didn't know what I was getting into when I began reading this for my Comedy in the United States class, but I have never read an author with more style and wit, comparable to Mark Twain, and who never failed to keep me interested throughout the entirety of this collection. It simply leaves you wanting more.
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